It’s been about a year since we first heard about Disney’s animated adaptation of Marvel’s Big Hero 6. The movie looks like your standard rag-tag crime-fighting unlikely heroes, led by a 14-year-old boy and his squishy robot. But the first teaser looked charming as all get-out, and now the voice cast has been announced, and the whole thing looks promising, with real potential to hit that balance of what kids love and adults won’t murder themselves after the hundredth forced viewing.
First, here’s the new TV spot that’s been released, though it’s pretty much a shortened version of that first teaser, with some voice-over added in.
And the cast:
Voiced by Scott Adsit (AKA Sad Pete)
Baymax cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and, given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for-he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the Big Hero 6.
Voiced by Ryan Potter
Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada has the mind of a genius-and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bond-and two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission.
Go Go Tomago
Voiced by Jamie Chung
Aptly named Go Go Tomago knows what it takes to be fast. She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed sarcasm are totally her speed.
Fanboy Fred comes off like a laid-back dude with no direction. But this sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book aficionado is sure to go places-when he’s good and ready… His ferocious, fire-breathing alter ego comes complete with claws, integrated communications and a super bounce. But his sign-spinning may still come in handy.
Voiced by Damon Wayans Jr.
Wasabi is committed to precision. He’s super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly beatnik can’t help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of “Big Hero 6,” Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry.
Voiced by Genesis Rodriguez
Ummm… no one seems to know anything about Honey Lemon.
Additional voices will include Maya Rudolph, Daniel Henney, James Cromwell, and Alan f*cking Tudyk.
A big shift from the comic to the film is (and correct me if I’m wrong, comics fans - I freely admit I’m going off of internet information) the shift from setting the story in Japan to the fictional city of San Fransokyo (where Eastern and Western influence collide, and you can see pretty cool concept art for here). Of course there’s always a fear that in adapting something like this, the studio will go the Shyamalan Avatar route: white actors in an Asian world. So it’s great to see such a truly diverse cast. And TJ Miller. It’s always great to see TJ Miller.