Back in March, we reported that the fantastic animated featured adaptation Big Hero 6 would be getting made into an animated series over at Disney XD. The Oscar-winning 2014 feature took in a substantial box office haul worldwide, tallying up well over $650 million, but the story and its wonderful characters haven’t found their way into ongoing conversations. Hopefully this new iteration will find an audience because the source material of Man of Action‘s comic series is just too good to leave unexplored.
A big boost to the popularity of the upcoming 2017 animated series is the fact that the movie’s stellar voice cast will be reprising their roles. Disney XD confirmed as much via a press release today. Maya Rudolph returns as Aunt Cass, with Jamie Chung as no-nonsense speed genius Go Go; Scott Adsit as huggable robot Baymax, Alan Tudyk as tech guru Alistair Krei, Ryan Potter as tech genius Hiro, Genesis Rodriguez as quirky scientist Honey Lemon, David Shaughnessy as the butler Heathcliff; and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee as Fred’s dad. Newcomers Khary Payton (The Walking Dead) plays control freak Wasabi and Brooks Wheelan (Saturday Night Live) stars as fanboy Fred. Damon Wayans Jr. and T.J. Miller previously played those roles in the film.
Here’s the synopsis of the animated series, followed by additional casting information:
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. In his normal day-to-day life, Hiro faces daunting academic challenges and social trials as the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.
Additional guest cast includes: 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.
Emmy Award winners Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nick Filippi, the team behind the global hit Disney Channel series Kim Possible, serve as executive producers. Filippi also serves as supervising director. Look for Big Hero 6: The Animated Series on Disney XD in 2017.