Disney Animation Studios just announced they will be doing their first film with Marvel. The animated movie will be an adaptation of Big Hero 6—a Marvel comic from the late ’90s that isn’t incredibly well known. Of course, it will be CG animated but that’s still cool. According to Marvel.com, it’s about a team of Japanese government approved superheroes. The line up includes a freelance ronin, an inventor of a nanotechnology-based Power Purse, and a criminal with the ability to change into a “fiery force blast.” It sounds like it’s full of awesome story material.
Don Hall is on board to direct, and he spoke with the LA Times about the film:
“I was looking for something on the obscure side, something that would mesh well with what we do,” Hall said. “The idea of a kid and a robot story with a strong brother element, it’s very Disney.”
“Marvel properties take place in the real world,” Hall said. “We were looking for something to do where we could make our own world — bring in the Japanese influences, have recognizable landmarks mashed up with a Japanese aesthetic.”
I think it’s cool that they’re going off the beaten path for their first animated story. If it’s successful, maybe we’ll get more focus on stories like this instead of big name superheroes all the time.
Watch a beautiful first look video and see a piece of concept art after the break.