Baymax Bounces into San Diego Comic-Con for Big Hero 6 The SeriesJuly 27, 2018
Imagine the cutest little girl, in the cutest little voice saying “I love you Baymax,” and Baymax responding, “Baymax loves you too.”
Once you have that picture in your mind, you have a glimpse into how adorable the Big Hero 6 panel at San Diego Comic-Con was…but only a glimpse, since adorable was the only thing on the menu, and there was a parade of equally adorable kids asking questions of the cast and producers.
The panel was special because it was focused primarily on Big Hero 6 the series, airing on Disney Channel in Canada and United States. Given the affection for the film, expectations for the series are sky-high, which is something the producers recognize: “Boy, I hope we don’t mess this up.”
You can say that again.
Big Hero 6 was a great film for a lot of reasons, but one thing that resonated with the development team was the film’s affection for science. “We were impressed with the movie because it treated science like a good thing, which isn’t a common thing these days.”
The message and intelligence of the show was something that resonated with the cast as well, though Genesis Rodriguez summed it up most effectively: “[Our characters] are the most attainable superheroes on television. Apply yourself. Do well in school, and you can be a superhero too.”
Development of Big Hero 6 the series began shortly after the movie hit theatres. Most of the original cast returns, with the exception of TJ Miller as Fred, and Damon Wayans Jr. as Wasabi. They are replaced in the series by Brooks Wheelan and Khary Jones, respectively.
The panel promised that each of the episodes will answer questions that the movie didn’t have the time to address, and with 25 episodes in season 1, an already in development 25 episodes in season 2, and 12 short episodes in a chibi animation style, it sounds like they’re right.
Some of the surprises fans can expect include the introduction of Gogo’s hobby as a birdwatcher, Honeylemon’s snoring, and the revelation that Hiro is completely incompetent with girls.
Also teased by the panel was a new, more powerful mode, for Baymax: overdrive mode! It makes Baymax supremely powerful for a short amount of time, but it isn’t sustainable because it drains his battery very quickly. Overdrive Baymax looks to be a great addition for two reasons: one, low-power Baymax is hilarious, and more opportunities to drain the big guy’s battery are better; and two how the overdrive mode is introduced…well, that won’t be spoiled here because it’s actually quite funny.
Another exciting reveal for Big Hero 6 the series was the introduction of Mini Max! Mini Max is a pint sized version of Baymax, except with the skills of a ninja-warrior. Mini Max is built by Hiro to keep an eye on Fred and protect him from danger.
Of course that’s not how Fred sees it; Fred sees Mini Max as his sidekick for more adventures and fun.
[Pic courtesy wdinfo]
The series promises a whole lot more of the excitement created by the film and will build on the themes of science, friendship, and unlikely family bonds. The animation looks slick and has a playful quality to it that will resonate with viewers, particularly younger fans.
The season 1 finale is a “three part movie” and will surely be an epic resolution to the show’s first season.
Based on the footage from San Diego Comic-Con, both existing fans and new ones will find something to love in Big Hero 6 the series; especially the big guy, himself.
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