While you could make a case for Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy being their most obscure property opening in 2014, the partnership’s animated adaptation Big Hero 6 might be flying even further under the radar. The latest news on the movie has Chris Williams (Bolt) joining writer-director Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) as co-director. As THR reports, Roy Conli (Tangled) has also come on board as producer.
In Big Hero 6, “Brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion, a robot named Baymax, Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.” Big Hero 6 opens November 7, 2014.
In case you missed Disney’s big animation presentation at D23 today, we have a recap of the Pixar portion already up and running with a DisneyToon Studios rundown coming shortly. Here you’ll find our write-up of another segment of today’s event: the animated features produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. These projects include the newest installment in Disney’s storied history of princess fairy tales, Frozen; a flashy adaptation of the Marvel comic, Big Hero 6; an original take on animal movies with Zootopia; and a restored 1928 Mickey Mouse cartoon, “Get a Horse”, which made its U.S. debut here at D23. While D23 is a special event aimed at entertaining and rewarding Disney fans around the world, the presentation also included an acknowledgement of Disney veteran Burny Mattinson, who celebrates his 60th anniversary with the company this year. Hit the jump for my full recap.
We’ve seen quite a bit of news out of Disney’s D23 panel today, having already shared the voice casts and first images from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out, new voice casting for Finding Dory, and the announcement of Disney’s new animated film Zootopia, and now new images for a few other upcoming films have been released. Briefly:
- Big Hero 6 – A new image from Disney Animation’s adaptation of the Marvel comic. The film opens on November 7, 2014.
- Frozen – A new image from Disney’s animated musical, featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. The film opens this coming November 27th.
- Planes: Fire & Rescue – The first concept art image from DisneyToon Studios’ next film in the Planes universe. The film opens on July 18, 2014.
- The Pirate Fairy – The first image from the direct-to-video DisneyToon animated film, featuring the voices of Tom Hiddleston and Christina Hendricks. The film will be released in spring 2014.
- Toy Story of TERROR! – A new image from Pixar’s upcoming half-hour Halloween TV special, premiering on ABC on October 16th.
- Get a Horse! – A new image from the new Disney Animation short, playing in front of Frozen this November.
Hit the jump to check out the images, and check back here on Collider later for our full D23 coverage.
When Disney first acquired Marvel back in 2009, fans immediately started speculating about the numerous possibilities that this partnership could create. Chief among them was whether Disney or Pixar would be bringing a Marvel Comics property to life in the world of animation. Rumors swirled last summer that Disney was developing an animated feature film adaptation of the Marvel comic Big Hero 6, and they were quickly followed up by an official confirmation that the project was in the early stages of development.
Well now Disney has formally announced that the first animated feature based on a Marvel property will indeed be Big Hero 6, and the film is slated for release sometime next year. Hit the jump for more, including the first footage from the pic.
The black and white, stop-motion animated 3D film Frankenweenie, from director Tim Burton and based on the ideas in his 1984 live-action short, is a tale about a boy and his beloved dog. After unexpectedly losing Sparky, young Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) sews him back together and harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life, but quickly faces unintended and sometimes monstrous consequences for his actions. The voice cast also includes Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Atticus Shaffer and Winona Ryder. Here’s the recent trailer. Frankenweenie hits theaters October 5, 2012.
Last week I got to sit down with producer Don Hahn at Comic-Con. During our wide ranging interview we talked about making Frankenweenie, if it was tough to get the studio on board, if the current popularity of The Nightmare Before Christmas helped get the film made, and more. In addition, with Hahn producing Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, we talked about how that’s been going, what Easter Eggs people should look for at Disneyland and Disney World, what he collects, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Ever since word first broke that Disney was looking to acquire Marvel Studios, fans started speculating about which Marvel property would inevitably be turned into an animated film by the Mouse House. With Pixar also under Disney’s distribution banner, the excitement over a possible Pixar-led Marvel film was almost palpable. Just a few weeks ago, Pixar and Disney Animation head John Lasseter went so far as to say he “wouldn’t be opposed” to Pixar and Marvel teaming up on a property, but now it looks like the first animated Marvel film to come out of the Mouse House may be from Disney Animation. The studio is apparently in development on an animated iteration of the comic series Big Hero 6. Hit the jump for more.