We are over six months removed from the release of Frozen, the incredibly popular Disney film which continues to rake in money at the worldwide box office, sell through endless merchandise, and just conquer the Internet, placing some pressure on Disney Animation’s next film, Big Hero 6. Although nobody expects the studio’s first Marvel animated film to match the unprecedented success of Frozen, there is renewed interest in seeing what the reinvigorated animation house can accomplish. The voice cast for the film has now been announced, just a few months before the film’s release – take a look at the list of actors and new images of the characters after the break!
It is important to note that although the film is based upon a Marvel comic, that does not mean that the superhero company is overstepping on the artistry of the famed Disney studio. The project is simply Walt Disney Animation Studios adapting a story, just like it has done with many of its previous films (Dumbo, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, etc.).We do not yet know how faithful the film will be to the comic series, which tells the story of a young genius named Hiro who resides in the fictional city of San Fransokyo.
The characters and their voice actors are:
Hiro Hamada – 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.
Baymax – voiced by Scott Adsit (30 Rock)
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.
Fred – voiced by T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley)
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. For example, Fred doesn’t hesitate to join “Big Hero 6,” and he has a lot of ideas for his super-hero skillset, too. 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.
Go Go Tomago – voiced by Jamie Chung (Once Upon A Time)
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. The daredevil adrenaline junkie is at her best on wheels, and when Go Go joins forces with Big Hero 6, she rolls like never before, using maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons.
Wasabi – voiced by Damon Wayans, Jr. (Happy Endings)
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. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.
Honey Lemon – voiced by Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief)
(No official description available for Honey Lemon at this time)
Also joining the cast are Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) who will play Hiro’s Aunt Cass, James Cromwell (in every film known to man, including The Green Mile) in the role of Professor Callaghan, Daniel Henney (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) playing Tadashi Hamada, and Alan Tudyk (Firefly) voicing Alistair Krei.
The official synopsis of the film follows:
With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.
Big Hero 6 arrives in theaters on November 7th!