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Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American computer animated comedy-superhero film created and produced at Walt Disney Animation Studios and based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name by Man of Action. The film is directed by Don Hall (co-director of Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (co-director of Bolt).
It is the fifty-fourth film in the Disney Animated Canon and the sixth film in the Disney Revival era.
Big Hero 6 was the first Disney animated feature film to star characters from Marvel Entertainment, which the Walt Disney Company acquired in 2009 and thus gave special thanks to that subsidiary.
The film was released on November 7, 2014 in the US, Canada, and India by Disney.
The film received universal acclaim from audiences and critics, and was a box office and commercial success, grossing $657 million worldwide. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. An animated television series following the events of the film premiered on Disney XD in Fall 2017.
Big Hero 6 was theatrically accompanied by the short film Feast.
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 (Scott Adsit), an adorable, plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (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 (Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a team of high-tech heroes called Big Hero 6. 
The film is set in a fictional futuristic hybrid metropolis called San Fransokyo (a portmanteau of San Francisco and Tokyo).
Hiro Hamada is a young genius and robotics expert who spends his time participating in back alley robot fights. His older brother Tadashi, worried that Hiro is wasting his potential, takes Hiro to the robotics lab at his school–the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. There, Hiro meets Tadashi’s closest friends: Go Go Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred as well as Baymax, a sweet and hilarious personal healthcare robot that Tadashi created. Hiro also meets Professor Robert Callaghan, the head of the robotics program.
Amazed by the students’ projects, Hiro decides to enroll in the school. With help from Tadashi and his friends, Hiro designs his own robotics project in order to gain a personal invitation via an annual exhibition. His invention, Microbots, a type of nanorobotics which he can control telepathically through a neural-cranial transmitter, impresses Callaghan, who offers Hiro an invitation to the school. His project also impresses Alistair Krei, owner of the prestigious robotics company Krei Tech. Krei offers to buy Hiro’s microbots, but Callaghan successfully convinces Hiro not to make the deal.
As they leave to celebrate Hiro’s success, a fire suddenly breaks out in the exhibition hall. Tadashi rushes in to rescue Callaghan, who is still inside, but the building explodes moments later, apparently killing both Tadashi and Callaghan (off-screen). Heartbroken over the loss of his brother and best friend, Hiro shuts himself away in his room and isolates himself from others for two weeks.
One day, Hiro accidentally activates Baymax, who responds to Hiro’s cry of pain. As Hiro attempts to deactivate Baymax, he discovers a single microbot that was left in his jacket. Hiro believes its movement is due to a malfunction, but Baymax believes it is trying to go somewhere. After Hiro gives a sarcastic response, the adorably naive Baymax follows the microbot to an abandoned warehouse just as Hiro catches up. There, they discover that someone has been mass producing Hiro’s microbots before they are attacked by a masked man controlling the microbots telepathically. They barely manage to escape. Deducing that the masked man stole the Microbots at the showcase hall and started the fire to cover his tracks, Hiro decides to catch him and upgrades Baymax with battle armor and various fighting moves. Following their single microbot again, they find the masked man at the harbor and attempt to pull a surprise attack, but are unable to when Go Go, Wasabi, Honey, and Fred arrive in a car (because Baymax had contacted them earlier, thinking that a great way to help Hiro was to contact his friends). The masked man attacks them as they flee in the car. They land in the water and nearly drown, but Baymax floats them up to safety. Wet and freezing, Fred suggests that they rest in an enormous mansion that he reveals to be his home. After realizing that Baymax had scanned the masked man, Hiro decides to upgrade Baymax further so he can scan the entire city to find him. Hiro also upgrades his friends and provides them with supersuits of their own.
When scanning the entire city, Baymax locates the masked man on a quarantined Akuma Island off-shore from the city. There, the group discovers a former Krei Tech lab that was experimenting with teleportation technology. The test went awry when one of the portals became unstable and the human test pilot got lost and presumed died. Because of this, they suspect that Krei is the masked man. The masked man unexpectedly reappears and attacks them. They attempt to steal his mask, where they deduce the transmitter is located. Despite some difficulties, Hiro succeeds in knocking off the mask and the mysterious man is revealed to be Professor Callaghan, who explains that he survived by using Hiro’s microbots to shield himself from the blaze. Upon realizing that Tadashi died for nothing, Hiro becomes enraged; he angrily removes Baymax’s healthcare chip and orders him to kill Callaghan. With only the battle chip left, Baymax becomes a mindless killing machine and goes on a rampage in an attempt to kill Callaghan, who is powerless without the microbots. Go Go, Fred, Wasabi, and Honey are able to stop Baymax and reinsert his chip, but in the process, Callaghan retrieves his mask and escapes. Angry at the four for preventing him from getting revenge, Hiro leaves with Baymax. Once home, Hiro attempts to remove Baymax’s healthcare chip again, but Baymax objects to this, not wanting to become a mindless killing machine again, and asks him if killing Callaghan will make him feel better. To comfort him, Baymax then shows several video recordings of Tadashi during Baymax’s development. A remorseful Hiro realizes that killing Callaghan is not what Tadashi would have wanted and he makes amends with his friends.
After examining more footage of the teleporter test, they discover that the test pilot was none other than Callaghan’s daughter Abigail and realize that Callaghan is seeking revenge on Krei, whom he blames for her apparent demise. Using the microbots, Callaghan captures Krei and repairs the portal device so it will become unstable and destroy everything Krei loves: his business. The heroes arrive and Hiro attempts to reason with Callaghan, stating that revenge is a hollow victory. Callaghan briefly falters, but ultimately gives in to his hatred and proceeds with his plan. The heroes battle him and eventually manage to neutralize the microbots and take the transmitter from him. However, the portal remains active and is becoming increasingly unstable.
As everyone prepares to leave, Baymax detects female life signs from within the portal. Realizing that it must be Abigail in hypersleep, they rush in to save her. However, on their way out, Baymax’s armor is damaged by a giant piece of debris and the only way to save Hiro and Abigail is to send them through with his rocket fist. Hiro refuses to leave Baymax behind, but Baymax convinces him that it is the only option. Baymax asks Hiro if he is satisfied with his care, to which Hiro sadly says yes and Baymax deactivates. Hiro and Abigail make it back through the portal. Callaghan is then arrested while Abigail is taken to the hospital.
Later, as Hiro settles into Tadashi’s old lab, he discovers Baymax’s healthcare chip (which contains his entire personality and memories as well) within the rocket hand. He successfully rebuilds Baymax’s body, reactivates him and they happily reunite. The six friends then continue their exploits through the city, helping those in need as the Big Hero 6.
In a post-credits scene, Fred, back at his mansion, talks to a photo of his father, telling him he’d be proud of him. Fred accidentally opens a secret door and, upon entering, finds weapons, armor, and superhero gear. His father (voiced by Stan Lee) arrives and states that they have a lot to talk about before the two embrace.
- Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada
- Scott Adsit as Baymax
- Jamie Chung as Go Go Tomago
- Damon Wayans Jr. as Wasabi
- Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon
- T.J. Miller as Fred
- Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass
- James Cromwell as Professor Robert Callaghan
- Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei
- Daniel Henney as Tadashi Hamada
- Stan Lee as Fred’s Father
- Daniel Gerson as Sergeant Gerson
- Paul Briggs as Mr. Yama
- Katie Lowes as Abigail Callaghan
After Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009, President/CEO Bob Iger encouraged the company’s divisions to explore Marvel’s properties for adaptation concepts. In 2011, while Don Hall was co-directing Winnie the Pooh with Stephen Anderson, he chose Big Hero 6 from Marvel’s library and later pitched the concept to executive producer John Lasseter, as a possible production for Walt Disney Animation Studios. In June 2012, Disney confirmed that Walt Disney Animation Studios was adapting Marvel Comics’ series and that the film was commissioned into early stages of development.
It has been confirmed that Big Hero 6 will be a stand-alone film and have no relationship with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is based on an obscure 1998 series written by Steven T. Seagle & Duncan Roulea.  Although Big Hero 6 was produced solely by Walt Disney Animation Studios, several members of Marvel’s creative team were involved in the film’s production including Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada. Regarding the film’s story, Quesada stated, “The relationship between Hiro and his robot has a very Disney flavor to it. but it’s combined with these Marvel heroic arcs”.  In terms of the film’s animation style and settings, the film will combine Eastern Asian culture (predominantly Japanese) with Western culture.
On December 31, 2013, it was reported that Chris Williams (Co-director of Bolt) had joined Hall as the new director, while Roy Conli, p.g.a. had replaced Kristina Reed as producer.
On January 27, 2014, Disney had announced that Warner Loughlin, an acting coach for Amy Adams, Ryan Reynolds, Zooey Deschanel and others, had joined the project. It was reported that she will help the project by providing breathtaking emotions and quality acting for the characters of Big Hero 6. 
Production on the film was completed on August 11, 2014. 
Big Hero 6 received very positive reviews. The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 89% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 205 reviews, with an average score of 7.3/10. The site’s consensus states: “Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated, Big Hero 6 is briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching.” Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 from top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 74 based on 35 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews.”
In 2015, Big Hero 6 won its nomination for Best Animated Feature Film of 2014 at the Academy Awards.
Big Hero 6 was released theatrically on November 7, 2014, in the US, Canada, India, Vietnam, and Indonesia, December 26, 2014 in Australia and New Zealand, and January 30, 2015 in the UK and Ireland. The film was accompanied by the Walt Disney Animation Studios short Feast. It premiered on October 23, 2014, as the opening film at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the world premiere of the film in 3D took place at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on October 31, 2014. The film’s premiere in US was at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on November 5, 2014. The teaser trailer was released on May 22, 2014, while the first full trailer arrived on July 15, 2014.
Big Hero 6 was released by Disney on Digital HD on February 3, 2015, and was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on February 24, 2015.
- October 25, 2014 (Russia, Ukraine)
- November 6, 2014 (Greece, UAE, the Philippines)
- November 12, 2014 (Trinidad and Tobago)
- November 13, 2014 (Singapore)
- November 14, 2014 (Mexico)
- November 28, 2014 (Poland)
- December 12, 2014 (Venezuela)
- December 18, 2014 (Italy, Portugal)
- December 19, 2014 (Spain)
- December 20, 2014 (Japan, released locally as Baymax)
- December 25, 2014 (Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, South Africa)
- December 26, 2014 (Australia, New Zealand)
- January 1, 2015 (Argentina, Uruguay)
- January 2, 2015 (Paraguay)
- January 21, 2015 (South Korea, retitled as Big Hero) 
- January 22, 2015 (Germany, released locally as Baymax – Riesiges Robowabohu)
- January 23, 2015 (Romanian)
- January 30, 2015 (Ireland, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden)
- February 28, 2015 (China, by China Film Co. Ltd)
- March 28, 2015 (Iran, by Glory Entertainment)
- In the Marvel Multiverse, Big Hero 6 is set in the universe of Earth-14123.
- This is only the seventh non-musical animated film in the Disney animated canon, following The Black Cauldron, The Rescuers Down Under, Dinosaur, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Treasure Planet, and Wreck-It Ralph.
- Big Hero 6 has become the thirteenth highest grossing Disney movie, and the fourth highest that is not a Pixar movie, only following Zootopia, The Lion King, and Frozen.
- In one scene in Zootopia, the Big Hero 6 easter egg is spoofed as “Pig Hero 6“.
- Big Hero 6 won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2015. It is the second Disney animated film, that wasn’t made by Pixar, to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature after the previous year’s winner, Frozen.
- Pepper, an emotion-reading robot created by French company Aldebaran Robotics and Japanese company SoftBank Group, recently recorded dialogue for the Japanese dub of the movie. 
- Big Hero 6 is the first Walt Disney Animation feature film to be inspired by a comic book series (of the same name) as opposed to a traditional fairy-tale, fictional book or an entirely original concept.
- The film mainly draws from Big Hero 6‘s mini-series, where Wasabi and Fred first appeared, replacing Silver Samurai and others. 
- Although it is based on a Marvel comic of the same name, there are many changes, including character names, the setting, the ethnicities of characters, the backstories, and several plot points:
- Several characters do not appear in the film due to copyright issues.
- The character originally known as Wasabi No-Ginger has his last name officially dropped from the film, and is simply referred to as Wasabi. Many official Disney merchandise and sites, however, still refer to him as “Wasabi No-Ginger”.
- Although based on a Marvel property, Big Hero 6 is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even though Marvel helped with the film.
- This is the first Disney animated feature to show only the studio logos in the beginning, and the title card and credits only appear at the end.
- This is the first Disney film since 2011 to have a company name “Walt Disney Pictures” in the 2006 logo, although in trailers and some home video releases, the credits are shown at the beginning and the end as just “Disney”.
- James Cromwell and Alan Tudyk previously co-starred in the 2004 film I, Robot.
- Jamie Chung and Maya Rudolph previously co-starred in the 2010 film Grown Ups.
- Daniel Henney and Génesis Rodríguez previously co-starred in the 2013 film The Last Stand.
- Later T. J. Miller and Maya Rudolph co-starred in the 2017 Sony’s film The Emoji Movie.
- This is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios feature to have the “Created and Produced at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Burbank, California” credit at the end.
- Pixar Animation Studios does the same thing in movies (beginning with Monsters, Inc.), except is says “Created and Produced at Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, California.”
- This is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios feature to have Disney’s Hyperion Rendering.
- The last feature to use old rendering was the previous feature Frozen.
- According to Big Hero 6‘s character design supervisor, Jin Kim, one of the main goals of this movie was to introduce multiracial characters to allow everyone to feel some familiarities about their own culture and introduce the world’s racial diversity.
- Hiro Hamada and Tadashi Hamada are Japanese-American.
- Go Go Tomago is Korean.
- Honey Lemon is Latina.
- Wasabi is African-American.
- Fred is Caucasian.
- Kim revealed that the lead characters, although they were later given Japanese names, were originally envisioned as Koreans during development with the chief character designer, Shiyoon Kim. 
- BBC Radio 1 presenters and Youtubers Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil) were given the roles of Male Technician 1 and 2 in the UK Cinema version of the movie. However, that version did not end up in the UK home release, as it is based off of the original US version, not the PAL release.
- Big Hero 6 is Disney’s seventh CGI animated feature, and the thirteenth animated feature that is not a musical.
- Big Hero 6 is the first superhero movie to be released by WDAS.
- At the beginning of this film, robot-fighting may have been inspired by cockfights, a traditional medieval blood sport that is illegal in the United States.
- This is the second Disney film to contain a blood sport, the first being White Fang.
- When Hiro is talking with his aunt, there is a painting of Mochi wearing a Stitch costume behind him.
- In Fred’s mansion, there is a Stitch pillow as well as one with Splodyhead on his bed in the background.
- There is a Wreck-It Ralph toy on Hiro’s bedroom desk.
Wreck-It-Ralph toy in Hiro’s room.
- Hans is seen on a wanted poster at the police department and as a statue in Fred’s mansion.
- There is a picture of Bolt as well as one of Esther in the desk at the police department.
- The statue Baymax destroys with his rocket fist closely resembles Hans.
- An Arendelle ship can be seen at the bay of San Fransokyo during Baymax and Hiro’s flight sequence.
- A statue of Olaf is also spotted in the middle of the city.
- In the UK version of Big Hero 6 (but not in the UK home release), two British YouTube stars Dan Howell and Phil Lester have two voice cameos as Technician 1 and 2.
- Stan Lee makes another cameo in a Marvel film, this time as Fred’s father.
- Honey Lemon’s phone case has Nick Wilde on it.
- In the Korean version of the film, there is a picture of Elsa the Snow Queen‘s head silhouette on the wall of Hiro’s house.
- Baby Cy-Bugs from Wreck-It-Ralph can be seen on the shelves of both Hiro and Fred’s room, as well as Hero’s Duty soldiers.
- If one looks closely, on Hiro’s desk, one can see an NES controller under his computer when he is talking with the others.
Orka and Black Talon seen in Fred’s Room as costumes.
- In the film, Fred has a collection of obscure and lesser-known Marvel characters in his room including:
- Sleepwalker: a hero who is seen as coustume in Fred’s room.
- Orka: a villain and an enemy of the Marvel hero Namor who is seen as a coustume and a mug.
- Black Talon: a villain who is seen as a coustume.
- Torpedo: a hero who is seen as a costume and a comic book with the same name.
- The Whizzer: a fast speeding hero who is seen as a coustume.
- Manphibian: a Marvel monster hero who is seen as a coustume.
- Monark Starstalker: a space bounty hunter who is seen as comic with the same name.
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A film schedule is composed of three phases: Pre-production, production, and post-production.
This is getting approval to make the film and putting the plan together for making the film. The script has to be written, budgets have to be planned, sets have to be designed and built. Actors have to be cast. Locations have to be scouted. Clearances have to be obtained. Costumes have to be sewn. Stunts have to be planned.
This is the 2-4 months you mention – the actual filming.
When the Director calls “that’s a wrap” on shooting, the film is just a mass of raw footage. It needs to be assembled into a sequential narrative. It can take two to three months to edit the film. Reshoots and ADR (dialogue looping) may need to be done.
Most modern films involve visual effects. A bit of an extreme example would be Avengers: Age of Ultron. It will have 3000 visual effects shots. Each of those shots will require frame by frame attention. Elaborate models will have to be built. Rendering will have to be done.
Color grading will have to be done.
Sound editing will have to be done. Foley artists will have to go through the film, scene by scene, recreating sounds that the microphones didn’t or couldn’t capture. An M&E (Music and Effects) soundtrack, sans vocals, will have to be produced to facilitate international dubbing.
The composer will have to create the music for the film and record it, scene by scene.
Trailers will have to be assembled long before the film hits theaters. Marketing campaigns will have to be designed.
Test screenings will often be conducted and the feedback from those might necessitate a return to the editing room or even the addition of more reshoots.
And then, of course, there needs to be slip room built into the schedule. Studios and distributors book screens far in advance and dates are carefully chosen. A film can’t be late.
There are great answers here about the typical production process, and distribution demands. Consider two more factors:
Movies financed by studios have their distribution handled in-house, so the marketing department can plan their strategy long before the movie is finished, and those responsible for booking theaters, starting a social media and word-of-mouth campaign, and buying advertising, can work in parallel. But “independent” films (which doesn’t necessarily mean low-budget) have to be sold first to a distributor, which means there is no marketing plan, no release date, and often no agreement on what the final film should look like until a “finished” version is shown either directly to distributors, or indirectly to agents and producer’s representatives. or entered into festivals to prove themselves in front of audiences before being purchased for distribution.
There is also the market testing process, which often results in changes to the film. Test screenings result in numerical responses (what % rated the film an “A” vs. “B”), written comments (“what were your favorite and least favorite scenes,” “how did the ending make you feel”) and discussions that elicit information about what confuses viewers or loses their interest. That can result in further editing, which means re-mixing the sound, re-shoots to create new scenes (depending on actor’s availability and budget), and add six months to the release date.
Most important to big-budget movies is the availability of the talent to promote the film. If your very expensive A-list actor is off in Borneo shooting the next movie, you want to wait so they can go “Between the Ferns.” And if they are promoting the Borneo film for a Christmas release, you don’t want to share their Jimmy Fallon time with that.
Big Eyes (2014)
Critics Consensus: Well-acted, thought-provoking, and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary.
Critics Consensus: Well-acted, thought-provoking, and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary.
Critic Consensus: Well-acted, thought-provoking, and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary.
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Critic Reviews for Big Eyes
Burton had a chance to make a powerful statement on the struggle for a woman to achieve artistic recognition and instead settled for another childlike fairy tale.
A feminist psycho-melodrama made without insight or dramatic excitement.
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are charismatic in the lead roles; occasionally they distract from the movie’s overall smugness.
For all its tonal shifts and erratic pacing, the film is Burton’s heartfelt tribute to the yearning that drives even the most marginalized artist to self expression no matter what the hell anyone thinks.
Burton might need to get further from blockbuster bloat in order to regain his formal mastery of kitsch. Right now his sense of comic portraiture is too easily mistakable for splatter painting.
Adams is lovely and tremulous, but Big Eyes would be even better if Waltz was in the same key.
The movie is big and amusing, and the shots of streets full of pastel vintage automobiles are worth the price of admission. It’s terrific holiday fare.
This film could have been made by anybody; Tim Burton didn’t bring enough of his style to it. It’s a good story, though, and Adams is memorable as a quietly tortured woman.
Adams is marvelous and with each film she shows how great an artist she has become.
Filmmaker Tim Burton strays slightly from his wheelhouse, but it’s a welcomed change of pace.
The film is largely compelling and touches upon many aspects about the dynamics of a couple’s love, along with the lengths and limits of tolerance one can have for the other.
Audience Reviews for Big Eyes
Not at all what I expected from a Tim Burton movie. Quite pleasantly surprised. I had never heard of this artist, so the whole story was new to me. Though not exactly thrilling, it was quite interesting and I did find I got quite involved in the outcome. I loathed that husband by the end. Really couldn’t stand him. I liked the court scene near the end. Amy Adams is great but unrecognisable. I thought the actress who played her young daughter was also very good.
If I were to speculate about what happened behind the scenes when they made this, it felt as if Tim Burton was given a sort of a dare: “you couldn’t make a regular film if you tried!” and that this film was the answer to that challenge. Adams and Waltz seem to endeavor to stretch beyond the Movie-Of-The-Week limitations in place but fail, kitsch ultimately winning out over sentimentality. It’s a generic film, surprisingly so.
When the Oscar nominations were released at the end of last year I was surprised to find that Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” was not on the list, like, anywhere. It seemed like a shoo-in, as it starred a two-time winner of Best Supporting Actor, and a five-time nominee in various acting categories. It was also a bio-pic, which the Academy always favors, and it was directed by Burton in his first bio-pic directorial effort since “Ed Wood.” After seeing the film however, it became clear why it didn’t get much acclaim. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/7/21/big-eyes
It is true that Art should elevate, but this superficial, unimpressive biopic does pander to the lowest common denominator with a cliched direction, uneven pacing and serious tonal problems in a ridiculous trial scene in the end that only feels silly and artificial.