Thursday, November 20, 2014

BIG HERO 6 : Another Treasure from Marvel's Vault. (Part 1)

Disney's Big Hero 6  origins is from Marvel's comic book with the same title, created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau in their spare time while working on another project.

Big Hero 6 was first intended to appear in Alpha Flight #17 (December 1998). However, the team first appeared in their own self-titled three-issue miniseries by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Gus Vasquez, which due to scheduling issues, was published before Alpha Flight #17.

The character appears with the team in a subsequent six-issue miniseries,which was launched by Marvel Comics in September 2008.

Baymax & Hero art by Papillon Studio
Member of the team in the comic are : Silver Samurai, Sunfire, GoGo Tomago, Honey Lemon, Hiro Takachiho, Baymax, Ebon Samurai, Sunpyre, Wasabi-No-Ginger, and Fred (Fredzilla).

A Japanese manga adaptation of Big Hero 6 (which is titled Baymax (ベイマックス Beimakkusu?) in Japan), illustrated by Haruki Ueno, began serialization in Kodansha's Magazine Special from August 20, 2014.

As you know, after Disney's acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009, the CEO Bob Iger encouraged the company's divisions to explore Marvel's properties for adaptation concepts. By deliberately picking an obscure title, it would give them the freedom to come up with their own version.

While co-directing Winnie the Pooh, director Don Hall was scrolling through a Marvel database and voila!...He stumbled upon Big Hero 6, a comic he had never heard of before.
"I just liked the title", he said.
He pitched the concept to John Lasseter in 2011, as one of five ideas for possible productions for Walt Disney Animation Studios, and this particular idea "struck a chord" with Lasseter, Hall, and Chris Williams.

In June 2012, Disney confirmed that Walt Disney Animation Studios was adapting Marvel Comics' series and that the film had been commissioned into early stages of development.

About 90 animators worked on the film at one point or another; some worked on the project for as long as two years.In terms of the film's animation style and settings, the film combines Eastern world culture (predominantly Japanese) with Western world culture (predominantly California).

Big Hero 6 was produced solely by Walt Disney Animation Studios, although several members of Marvel's creative team were involved in the film's production including Joe Quesada, Marvel's chief creative officer, and Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television.


Source : Screenrant, Wikipedia.

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