Big Hero 6 The Series | 10 Things You Never Knew
We reveal 10 things you never knew about the new Big Hero 6 series on Disney Channel
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When Big Hero 6 was released in 2014, the world fell in love with the likes of Baymax and Hiro Hamada as they attempted to defeat the masked man trying to take over the world with microbots.
Well, now you can pick up from where the film left off with… Big Here 6: The Series coming to Disney Channel and Disney XD from 1st March!
To get you (and us, in all fairness) in the mood for the new series we caught up with the cartoon’s creative team to unravel 10 inside secrets about Hiro, Baymax and their heroic high-tech friends…
1. The Series Picks Up Immediately After The Movie
The Series follows the story of six superheroes in San Fransokyo (sound familiar?) and picks up right where the film left off. “The last shot of the movie saw our heroes leaping at the camera,” explains executive producer Mark McCorkle. “We felt that it was the perfect place to start our show. We’re bringing back all of the characters that audiences know and love, but our story is about rebuilding Baymax and rebuilding the superhero team. The team needs to be convinced it is their purpose in life to be superheroes.”
2. There Are New Villains
What superhero series (or film) would be complete without fresh new villains? “We have lots of new villains in the first season of Big Hero 6 The Series,” admits Mark McCorkle. “Some of these villains are more serious and threatening, such as a character named Momakase. Others are a little sillier, such as Baron Von Steamer and Globby. Who else can we tell you about? Well, there’s a villain named Ned Ludd, who is an anti-technology hermit. There’s also Noodle Burger Boy, who might seem silly but he’s deadly.”
3. There’s A Hidden Meaning Behind The Name of One Evil Villain
One of the vilains is called Obake, but there’s a a hidden secret behind the meaning of his name. ‘Obake’ actually means ‘ghost’ in Japanese! “We’ve had lots of fun creating these crazy villains,” adds Mark McCorkle.
4. The Superheros Visit Lots of New Locations
Just like the movie, the series is set in San Fransokyo (think of it as the Calvin Harris mash-up of San Francisco and Tokyo). However, the creative team have expanded the planning (we are told that planning permission was granted). Executive Producer Bob Schooley says, “We wanted to expand the city in the series, so we are able to explore new neighbourhoods that audiences haven’t seen before. In season one, we visit locations including Fishtown and Nobu Hill, as well as Muirahara Woods.” Fun fact: San Francisco’s Muir Woods and Tokyo’s Aokigahara Forest were mashed together to create Muirahara Woods!”.
5. The Animation Is Inspired By Art From Around The World
“We were heavily inspired by the 101 Dalmatians era of Disney, as well as modern Japanese anime,” explains executive producer Nick Filippi. “The series is hand-drawn, so it has the look of Disney animated features from the ‘60s and ‘70s – but we were also influenced by Japanese prints from the early 20th century. We wanted to include it all in the animation.”
6. You’ll Discover Tons of Secrets About The Superheroes
The series mostly follows Hiro but the creative team have also explored other characters too. Mark McCorkle says, “We’re also able to explore the other characters, which has been a lot of fun. You got to meet Fred, Wasabi, Go Go and Honey Lemon in the movie and it was thrilling to see them use their powers – but we didn’t get to know them too much as people. It’s been exciting to shift the spotlight over to these characters in the animated series. You’ll get to learn a lot more about them.”
7. It Takes A Long Time To Bring Each Episode To TV
It takes tons of time and effort to create each episode of the animated series. “In total, it takes more than a year to create a single episode of the show,” admits Mark McCorkle. “It’s a very, very long process.” Fun fact: The creative team started work on Big Hero 6 The Series right after the mega movie was released in cinemas back in 2014.
8. The Show Is Very Different To Other Superhero Series
The three executive producers of Big Hero 6 The Series promise the new show will be vastly different to anything on television right now. “Big Hero 6 The Series is very unique,” explains Mark McCorkle. “It’s a combination of action and adventure, with comedy and relatable characters that feel real. You don’t see that on television now.” Did you know that the three creators also worked on Disney’s hugely successful crime-fighting cartoon Kim Possible? “We are continuing to do what we did on Kim Possible, but it’s new and fresh,” adds Mark. “This is not just a comic strip. There’s a lot more to it than that!”
9. Artists Across The World Work On The Animation
A talented team of 60 people work on the project in Los Angeles, but there are many more artists around the world working on the animated action. “There are around 40 people with the title of animator in our Burbank office,” reveals one of the show’s directors, Ben Juwono. “There are even more people around the world who help out with the show.” Fast fact: The cartoon is animated in California, Denmark and the Philippines!
10. The Creators Have Fun Ways To Add Jokes To The Story
“We’re always adding jokes to the show,” explains Mark McCorkle. “We’re always trying to make the story funnier and more exciting. Baymax doesn’t have a mouth and you can’t see Fred’s mouth when he’s wearing his costume, so we can add jokes for these characters after the animation has been completed. We’re always looking for opportunities to make the story more entertaining, fun and impactful.”
Don’t miss Big Hero 6 The Series on Disney Channel and Disney XD in the UK from March 1st