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CBMB: Big Hero 6 Writers Talk About What Makes the Film Unique

By Muuka Muyumba

Big Hero 6 is turning out to be a bit of a conundrum for Disney, in particular, but also for Marvel as both parties must explain what one has to do with the other on this synergistic animated movie.

As the release date for the film approaches, Disney creatives have had to field more questions about whether Big Hero 6 will be an animated introduction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel higher-ups have had to distance themselves from the property as well.

Unfortunately for the film, this confusion may have more people scratching their heads than actually watching the movie. However, when you do see the clips and trailers, you realize what a slam dunk the idea is of Disney Animation having a little-known Marvel property from which to mine stories and characters.

Big Hero 6 is Marvel and Disney Animations first “collaboration”, which has actually been characterized moreso as an adaptation of the manga comic, rather than a straight partnership. The way Disney looks at Marvel Comics characters as the “new fairytales” and treats their characters the same way they see Maleficent or Snow White, literary precursors free for interpretation. Big Hero 6 is a Disney Animation production, first and foremost.

ComicBook.com sat down with writers Robert Baird and Paul Briggs to address some of these concerns about confusion. Baird and Briggs noted that they avoided reading the comic even after director Don Hall brought it to their attention, making it very clear that this cartoon had nothing to do with the source material beyond the title and character names.

Both writers amusingly acknowledged that they may not even have been able to find a copy of the comic if they wanted. Marvel wasn’t even sure about the title, as Baird noted “I think [Marvel] had to hunt down copies of it. Like not even Marvel offices had copies of Big Hero 6.”

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The writers also went on to talk about the writing process, noting that there was a collaboration of talent to create the story beats, jokes, and dialogue. Briggs went on to share that working on the movie “…starts with this big thematic message and usually the director will say, “This is why I’m making this movie,” but then there’s this shared experience that we all have of that we’re all contributing. There’s this universal feeling that this is why we’re making this movie. And we’re all contributing to that, and this is where I’m like, “Yeah! This is a story worth telling!” And all of us get it and we’re all relating to it. This is a big group effort.”

Baird also noted just how important Baymax is to the story. The writers said that they had to be very protective of his character to not have him stray too close to human emotion.

“He’s the heart and soul of the story and he has a very specific voice…And you have to watch Baymax very closely because the instinct sometimes is to push him more into kind of a human territory It’s like, no. He is a robot who has a very specific take on life and healthcare and being compassionate and so on – but he’s not human.”

However, although Baymax may have a more robotic response to the dramatic bits of the film, his relationship with Hiro is “classic Disney”. Baird and Briggs avoided making a direct connection to previous animated Disney films, but they admitted that Hiro and Baymax continued a line of classic Disney duos like “Dumbo and Timothy or Mowgli and Baloo.”

Big Hero 6 is due out in theaters on November 7, 2014.