Don Hall

Oct. 24, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

San Fransokyo architects built a new world for Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6′

The San Fransokyo cityscape in "Big Hero 6" is an urban mash-up of San Francisco and Tokyo. (Disney)
Before the directors of the new Walt Disney Animation movie “Big Hero 6″ settled on their story, they created the world in which it’s set: a jammed, vibrant place called San Fransokyo. A mash-up of San Francisco and Tokyo set in the not-too-distant future, San Fransokyo is a dense, hilly city with cable cars and cherry blossoms, Victorian row houses and glittering neon billboards. The filmmakers’ idea — never stated in the film — is that in a parallel universe after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the city split off and an influx of Japanese immigrants helped rebuild it. San Fransokyo is a quintessential example of the craft of world building, the process of constructing a wholly imaginary universe for films, television, video games and other media, that involves creating the look of everything from buildings, vegetation and vehicles to […]
Sept. 25, 2014 | 11:18 a.m.

‘Big Hero 6’: New trailer highlights BayMax, Hiro friendship

If there’s one thing to be gleaned from the new trailer for “Big Hero 6,” Disney Animation’s first film based on a Marvel Comics property, it’s that there are few things more heart-warming than a friendship between a boy and his giant, adorable white robot. Arriving in theaters Nov. 7, the film centers on a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) and his robot friend BayMax (Scott Adsit), who team up with a group of unlikely heroes to battle a super villain threatening the high-tech city San Fransokyo, a fantastical mash-up of Tokyo and San Francisco. Watch the new trailer below. Speaking to Hero Complex in June, “Big Hero 6” director Don Hall said that the absence of a detail-obsessed fan base for the lesser-known series was part of the appeal of the project, as it left […]
July 15, 2014 | 2:09 p.m.

‘Big Hero 6’: New trailer spotlights adorable robot action, humor

Hiro Hamada leads BayMax by the hand in a scene from "Big Hero 6." (Disney)
“All right, let me get this straight: a man in a kabuki mask attacked you with an army of miniature flying robots?” So goes the promising opening scene of the new trailer for “Big Hero 6,” which marks the first Disney animated movie to use Marvel comic characters since the company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009. The clip sets the tone for the film, slated to hit theaters on Nov. 7, showcasing the relationship between a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his robot companion BayMax. Judging by the preview, the pair still have a lot of work to do before they go about stopping Mr. Kabuki and saving the world. For starters? Some “upgrades” for BayMax. You can check out the trailer below. Disney this week announced the voice cast for the film, including Ryan Potter as Hamada and Scott […]
July 14, 2014 | 2:59 p.m.

‘Big Hero 6′ voice cast set: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Maya Rudolph, more

Pictured in concept art, the  San Fransokyo in "Big Hero 6." Credit: Disney
Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced the voices who will be behind the action heroes of “Big Hero 6,” the first Disney animated movie based on a Marvel comic. Ryan Potter will play the robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada, and his robot friend BayMax will be played by Scott Adsit. The rest of the cast includes Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney. The team of superheroes will do battle in a high-tech city called San Fransokyo, a fantastical mash-up of Tokyo and San Francisco. Speaking to Hero Complex in June, director Don Hall said that the absence of a detail-obsessed fan base for the lesser-known series was part of its appeal, as it left every character and setting open to interpretation. “I was looking for something on the obscure side, something that would […]
June 09, 2014 | 11:09 a.m.

‘Big Hero 6′: Disney Animation’s first Marvel movie gets new poster

'Big Hero 6'
When Walt Disney Animation Studios last year announced its first movie inspired by a Marvel comic, an adaptation of a lesser known crime-fighter series called “Big Hero 6,” director Don Hall said that the absence of a detail-obsessed fan base for the series was part of its appeal, as it left every character and setting open to interpretation. “I was looking for something on the obscure side, something that would mesh well with what we do,” Hall said in an interview with Hero Complex. “The idea of a kid and a robot story with a strong brother element, it’s very Disney.” On Monday, a new teaser poster arrived for the project, which will center on a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his robot companion BayMax, who join a team of superheroes in a high-tech city called San Fransokyo. (For a […]
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