Magazine article Screen International

Disney's New Hero

Magazine article Screen International

Disney's New Hero

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A huggable robot with super powers? Disney unveiled impressive first footage of just that today in the shape of Big Hero 6, their new animation inspired by a little-known Marvel comic.

The comedy adventure, an adaptation of a Marvel comic miniseries that debuted in 1998, centres on plus-sized robot Baymax and a young technology prodigy Hiro, who team with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Producer Roy Conli (Tangled) was on hand to discuss the film at the Soho Hotel in London this morning.

"Going with a lesser-known Marvel comic was better for us," said Conli. "Finding something off-to-the-side gave us complete freedom for the film."

That freedom included the ability to create the unique setting for the film: the high-tech city of San Fransokyo. The fictional metropolis combines the bay-area elements of San Francisco and the big-city skyscrapers of Tokyo, where the film will get its world premiere on Oct 23. …

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