First movie between the two entertainment giants
Think you know your Marvel Comics? Have you ever heard of Big Hero 6? Oh, you have you say? Well you’re a bigger comic book nerd than us then, and will no doubt be thrilled by the news that there’s to be a feature length of the little-known Japanese-set Marvel series courtesy of Walt Disney Animations.
According to the Los Angeles Times, it’ll be the first time the venerable comic books institution and the venerable animation studio have teamed up together, which is quite exciting really when you think about it. Walt Disney acquired rights to make Marvel movies in 2009 when it acquired the company. The film will be directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and is due in theaters in November 2014; apparently it will center on a boy and his beloved robot companion – there always has to be a companion - who join a team of crime fighters in a mythical mashup city called San Fransokyo. Hoho, very good.
"The storytelling aspects are very frenetic, very visceral," Joe Quesada, Marvel's chief creative officer, said of Big Hero 6 to the LA Times. "It takes tropes of Japanese culture, manga, anime. There are giant dinosaurs that invade a city, big robots, youth fashion, cutesy stuff in the vein of Hello Kitty." The move is a big part of Disney trying to re-ascertain its name as a leading animation brand, aided by the Oscar winning short Paperman which mixed both 2D and 3D animation to great effect.