I quite liked director Big Hero 6, the Oscar nominated animated film from directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. It’s visually arresting, has tangible stakes and isn’t afraid to kill off characters, and embraces unity and intelligence. If I had kids, its the kind of film I wouldn’t mind them becoming obsessed with. Scott Adsit (30 Rock) voices Baymax in Big Hero 6, if you haven’t seen the film he’s the giant inflatable white robot and it may not seem like there’d be much for him to do. But if you have seen the film, you realize what a precise task it must have been to voice this character. I recently sat down with Adsit to talk about his process, recording dialogue before the rest of the film had been made, and why he signed onto the project in the first place.
Check out the interview below. We talk about the pair’s creative process, the fastidious nature of animation in general, making the film feel like a matter of life and death, the first cut, and whether or not they’ll do a sequel. Big Hero 6 also features the voices of Ryan Potter, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez and T.J. Miller. It hits Blu-ray today.
Here’s the official synopsis for Big Hero 6:
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).