If having Disney XD creating an animated series for Big Hero 6 is not exciting enough, then the news that most of the original voice cast will return for it should get the fans revved up. The Mouse House had confirmed working on a project based off the 2014 Academy Award winning box office hit (over $650 million) this spring. This sweetens the deal.
Inspired by the Marvel comic of the name, Big Hero 6 will continue where the film ended with the continuing adventures of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro, his lovable, cutting-edge robot Baymax and their friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go, and Fred as they protect their city from scientifically enhanced villains. At the same time, they are also balancing out regular life as new students at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.
Returning actors are: Maya Rudolph (Aunt Cass); Jamie Chung (Go Go); Scott Adsit (Baymax); Alan Tudyk (Alistair Krei); Ryan Potter (Hiro); Genesis Rodriguez (Honey Lemon); David Shaughnessy (Heathcliff); and, of course, Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee (Fred’s dad). Damon Wayans, Jr and T.J. Miller have left the cast. Khary Payton (The Lion Guard) will take over Wasabi and Brooks Wheelan (Saturday Night Live) will play Fred.
Additional guests will include Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), and comedian Andy Richter to name a few.
The Emmy Award winning team behind the Disney Channels global hit series, Kim Possible, Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley, and Nick Filippi, serve as executive producers. The Big Hero 6 series is a production of Disney Television Animation.
In his statement last spring, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, Gary Marsh, said the series would be part of the Kids Upfront initiative for 2016, when kid-targeted networks collaborate with creators and their characters to continue to create engagement using original programing that represents a networks identity with both audience and advertisers. This is one of 17 new projects planned for Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD.
The series is currently in production and set to premier in 2017.