It’s December 1st, and that can mean only one thing: time to hand out awards! As we get closer to the end of the year, the more substantial the awards being handed out and announced are, but for animators, and those that produce animated works, the biggest prize of their art form is The Annie. The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Awards will be handed out for the 42nd year on January 31, 2015 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, and whether you’re interested in either film or TV production, this year has produced a very competitive race for the best in animation. So who all is up for Annies’ glory, and who is likely to start the year 2015 listening to “We are the Champions” on repeat? Read on. (more…)
Big Hero 6 hits theaters today and there is no question that the new superhero movie is every bit as Marvel as it is Disney, as you can tell from our spoiler-free review. Besides being quality entertainment for pretty much anyone who isn’t made of wood, in keeping up with its siblings on both sides of the fence and in the name of Tradition, the feature boasts several blink-and-you’ll-miss-them Easter Eggs throughout the film. While there are plenty to be found, we are just going to talk about the best 7 of the bunch and will leave some of the fun for you. The movie itself is absolutely stellar and the animation will have you deeply immersed in the world of San Fransokyo, so if you are checking it out for the first time, I would highly recommend that you take the time to enjoy the movie, then search out those hard to find eggs on your second viewing but, hey, I’m not your mom! By the way, spoilers aplenty follow, so now is the time to go back if you want to see the movie with a fresh eye.
Disney did not become the all-consuming beast it is today by mistake. The family friendly company has made all-ages entertainment their bread and butter and while a great chunk of their movies are animated, they have always appealed to children and adults alike. Big Hero 6 represents the first animated theatrical release to boast both Walt Disney Animation Studios’ and Marvel Studios’ involvement since the Mouse House acquired Marvel back in 2009, so the bar that the movie had to leap was set pretty high. So high, in fact, that it was almost impossible to clear that jump without stumbling. Well, Disney is in the business of magic and pulling off the impossible is what they do best. Big Hero 6 is shining, glorious, wonderful proof that the Disney magic is alive and well and continues the tradition that Walt started back in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (more…)
There was a nagging thought in the back of my head all week that NYCC 2014 would have some new trailers premiering and right on cue the first day Disney let’s loose with a new, Big Hero 6 full length trailer that sets the story, mood, and style for the movie. *Note to Hollywood – We’re all pretty tired of being teased repeatedly. (more…)
These are precarious times for the Marvel Movie empire. Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios boldest venture yet in live-action filmmaking arrives in theaters in just a few weeks. Then, this fall, the first in what hopefully will be a long-term collaboration between Marvel and its parent Disney to create animated Marvel films, will open in a cinema near you, Big Hero 6. New details have been revealed about who’s playing who in the film, and along with that, there’s a new trailer for the flick that shows a lot of humor and hints at some very big action. To say nothing else, it looks fantastic! (more…)
With the first trailer scheduled to hit the Internet on Thursday, we can expect to get some build up promotion and perhaps more casting news, in the next couple of days for Disney‘s Animated Marvel film, Big Hero 6. This round we’ve got three looks at child genius Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax. (more…)
The voice casting for Disney‘s upcoming Animated/CGI movie of Marvel‘s Big Hero 6 keeps chugging along with the addition of SNL‘s comedienne Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids). No word on what character she’ll be voicing yet, but… (more…)
This was inevitable. When a major animation house like Disney buys a company like Marvel it was only a matter of time before the two would work together on an animated film featuring Marvel characters. What they’ve chosen, though, wouldn’t have been my first guess. Expected for release on November 7th, 2014 is Big Hero 6, an animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh), who came across the comic by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau and pitched the idea to John Lasseter. It’ll follow a, “brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo.” Yes, San Fransokyo, a hybrid city, also a deviation from the original comic which was set in Tokyo.
Hall, speaking with the LA Times, talked about the creative freedom that comes from working with a relatively unknown property,
I was looking for something on the obscure side, something that would mesh well with what we do. The idea of a kid and a robot story with a strong brother element, it’s very Disney… Marvel properties take place in the real world. We were looking for something to do where we could make our own world — bring in the Japanese influences, have recognizable landmarks mashed up with a Japanese aesthetic.
Here’s a look at those, “recognizable landmarks mashed with a Japanese aesthetic,”