The Disney #PixarCocoEvent I attended last week was a blast, I not only walked the Red Carpet for Disney Pixar’s Coco, but I visited the Disney XD Building for the very first time. It was truly an honor to have been able to visit this building where so many of my kid’s favorite shows come out of. During my visit to the Disney XD Building, I screened the first episode of Big Hero 6: Baymax Returns. Followed by the screening I had the honor of interview the voice of Hiro his self Ryan Potter and the show’s producers Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nick Filippi.
Watch Big Hero 6: Baymax Returns on Monday, November 20 at 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST on Disney XD.
I actually got to sit in the room with the people behind the global sensation Kim Possible. Bucket list checks were going off like crazy during this trip. This Emmy Award-winning team has your back when it comes to awesome action-packed shows, that kids of all ages can enjoy. By the way, in the Disney XD Building, they recently created this wonderful timeline showing off all the show’s we cherish and love starting all the way back from the 1980’s.
About The Show
Based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning feature film, “Big Hero 6 The Series” picks up immediately following the events of the feature film and continues the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax. Along with their friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred, they form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 and embark on high-tech adventures as they protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains.
I have a lot more than just 10 reasons why but here are my Top 10 Reasons Why You Must See Big Hero 6: Baymax Returns. Make sure you tune into Disney XD for the premiere of the start of this action-packed series Big Hero 6: Baymax Returns. Tune in on Monday, November 20 at 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST on Disney XD.
1. The Characters are still true to the movie.
Bob Schooly: We always encourage the actors, and especially when you’re adapting a movie, the actors know the characters better than we do coming in, so we let them take the lead on that to a big degree. I mean, Scott with Baymax, he has a very specific idea of what Baymax would and wouldn’t do, what he wouldn’t say. We never mind if an actor is like ah I don’t think that feels right for the character.
So, it definitely keeps it with the continuity of the movie where the characters don’t feel like they’ve changed. They’re evolving over the course of the series, but we feel like they’re true to the movie.
2. Same Voices From The Movie
In the series, you will find all of those loveable characters you fell in love with in Disney’s Big Hero 6 all featured in the series. The same voice you heard in the movie are in the series and will actually have more starring roles throughout the series. There will also be some fun guest stars in the series who you can read about below.
Note: However, 2 Two of the lead actors of the 6 were replaced from the movie – TJ Miller (Voice of Fred) with Brooks Whelan and Damon Wayans Jr (Voice of Wasabi) with Khary Payton.
3. Stan Lee Guest Appearances.
Mark McCorkle: Somebody we’re very excited that we brought back, Stan Lee who plays Fred’s dad in that little after credit sequence. The back story is that he was a superhero in the past and he gets to be the voice of wisdom from Fred, and then a particular episode for Hiro. And it’s just great to work with Stan Lee like that. Intimidating, but an honor.
4. Traditional Hand Draw animation.
Nick Filippi: It is traditional hand-drawn animation, where the feature was computer generated 3D animation. We chose to go with hand-drawn animation partially because we wanted to create a new world and look for the show. We wanted everybody to immediately recognize these characters, to embrace these characters that they fell in love with in the movie, but we wanted to have a fresh start on the show, so we choose hand-drawn animation similar to what Disney was doing in the 60’s.
Fun Fact: When creators were working on the show they were referencing 101 Dalmatians. They wanted something that had a graphic feel that the animators could really latch on to, but also the warmth of the hand-drawn pencil line.
5. A Chance to see more of the characters especially Aunt Cass.
Mark McCorkle: The first couple of episodes we did a spotlight on Fred and a spotlight on Go Go and Honey Lemon. We felt like we knew that Hiro and Baymax were the heart of this show, of this whole franchise. So we knew that would be the big thrust of the series, but as fans, we got to see so little of those other characters in the movie. It was fun to say, okay, let’s do more with them.
We’ve had a great time with is Aunt Cass. Maya Rudolph is super funny, super talented, but for me what was fun in that movie, the original movie, and we tried to carry it on. She’s a flawed caregiver. She’s not entirely confident, which to me is real. That’s how it is being a parent. You don’t have all the answers, so for us, that’s a really fun, rich character. And I think the relationship with Hiro in the movie, no offense (To Ryan) you’re a pretty bad kid.
Bob Schooly: The other character from the movie that we’re having a great time with is, Krei, played by Alan Tudyk, who is a genius and he’s so funny. He brings such life to that character and we’ve gone so crazy with him compared to what he was in the movie. It’s been a lot of fun to explore that character.
6. They created a whole new world in this show, Fransokyo
Mark McCorkle: We fell in love with the idea of this mash-up culture of San Francisco and Tokyo, just because it was such a cool idea. And that sort of informed the animation. We were like let’s make it look like sort of traditional American animation. The stuff in it like noodle burger, which are hamburgers on Ramen bun roll. So there’s a lot of that. And Muirahara Woods this is a mash-up. It’s like Muir Woods and Tokyo’s Aokigahara Forest.
So it definitely became sort of this fun thing to create that combo world. It was neat to explore the city. It’s a big city, to create neighborhoods from the sort of bad part of town to the lovely part where Hiro in the flashback is learning to ride a bike. We felt like we wanted to make a real city.
Fun Fact: “The truth is almost no one records together. Everybody records in isolation.” – Mark McCorkle
7. Other Fun Guest’s That Will Be Featured in the Series.
Bob Schooly: We have Katy Mixon from American Housewife and she’s hilarious.
Mark McCorkle: She’s part of a mother-daughter 80’s themed dance crime team.
Bob Schooly: Called high voltage.
Other guest’s include Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish) as strict Professor Granville; Andrew Scott (Sherlock) as villain Obake; comedian Andy Richter as Globby; Diedrich Bader (American Housewife) as Bluff Dunder; Susan Sullivan (Castle) as Fred’s mother; Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) as Richardson Mole; John Ross Bowie (Speechless) as Mel; and Haley Tju (Bella and the Bulldogs) as classmate Karmi.
8. 30 Episodes Have Already Been Created For The Series Following.
Bob Schooly: We’ve done maybe 30 episodes we’ve recorded, I guess, total. Yeah, we’re into the second season in terms of production. You really get to sort of feel like the characters and the actors are the same thing to a degree, so you’re really writing for what you know they are.
Mark McCorkle: Also the writers, in the writer’s room when we were punching out the script, Go Go is somebody writers like to write.
Fun Fact: The recording of an episode can take a month, by the time you get everybody’s part done.
9. Some villains will be comedic and others more villainous
Mark McCorkle: When we first developed this show, what the kids responded to was that there was a variety, that some of the villains are sillier and a little more comedic, and some are more serious and threatening. I think in a weird way if it has all been one or the other, it would get a little too repetitious.
10. Wonderful Lesson’s We Can Teach Our Kids
Mark McCorkle: We did a specific story with Hiro, that Ryan did a great job on, where he suddenly looks around and goes boy, I gave everybody else a superpower, but I don’t have one. And he gives himself one and that’s the one where Stan Lee kind of gives him advice and he learns his superpower is his brain. Being smart is his superpower.
I hope you enjoyed my fun list of 10 Reason’s Why You Must See Big Hero 6: Baymax Returns. I truly love how they brought back those same voices we fell in love with from the movie to the series. It’s not often that this happens but when it does it really makes the series that much more authentic. I’m excited to see the development of these character’s in the series as well as some action-packed scenes. My kids and I will be tuning in together on November 20 at 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST on Disney XD. Make sure you have your popcorn ready and are tuning into to this 1-hour special.