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Meet The Saviors of San Fransokyo In Big Hero Six

When the city of San Fransokyo is in danger, a group of youngsters comes together to take down evil, science-style, in the Disney/Marvel animated film Big Hero 6 (in theaters Nov. 7). Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams provide the rundown on this new superhero team.

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Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter)

Like the 18-year-old playing him, Hiro is a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian kid with energy to spare. Luckily for his hometown, though, Hiro is also a super-genius who turns his nurse robot, Baymax, into a formidable, action-movie presence when a threat arises. And while he doesn’t have any actual superpowers per se, Hiro dons a flight suit with a red circle on the glove that magnetically connects to the back of Baymax, and they can act as a tag team in battle, Hall says. “They’re symbiotic in that way.”

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Baymax (Scott Adsit)

Because the character was so special to the filmmakers, they cast a wide net to find the right performer. Adsit, a comedian and former star of 30 Rock, brings both comedy and humanity to Baymax, who evolves from a passive robot into a figure ready for a fight. Adsit has such sharp timing, Williams says, that “there are moments when there’s real emotion that seems to poke through without breaking the rules of Baymax being a robot.”

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Fred (T.J. Miller)

Miller, a scholar of storytelling and comedy, melds humor and nerdiness for Fred, a big sci-fi and comic-book geek, Hall says. Fred’s really into monster movies, and he inhabits a huge, tentacled “Fredzilla” creature suit — piloted from one of its three eyes — that’s designed to be an homage to Godzillaand other Japanese kaiju movies of old. It can do some amazing things, too, Hall says. “He can jump really high, and he breathes wicked fire out of that mouth.”

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Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung)

Hall wanted a woman of few words for the group, and Go Go is a laconic Clint Eastwood type and industrial-engineering student who’s pretty tough from the get-go. “The rest of the team are pretty hapless initially,” he says. “She’s the only one who can take care of herself.” She has also developed a bike with magnetic-levitation technology, which Hiro incorporates into her supersuit. “She can roll around on these mag-lev discs, and they can detach on a whim and become blades she can throw.”

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Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez)

A chemistry student, Honey is the glue that holds the group together because of her empathetic, sweet personality and positive attitude. While that — and her girlie duds — doesn’t exactly scream superhero material, she goes through one of the sharpest evolutions of the bunch, Williams says. Plus, Rodriguez herself is smart and was into science and robotics in school, Hall adds. “She brings some of that goofy, slightly geeky but joyful thing to the character.”

Wasabi

Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.)

This poor guy doesn’t know what to do when first faced with battling evil, though he does have really cool plasma-induced lasers that come out of his arms. “When those things turn on, they can cut through anything,” Hall says. The conservative dude is the most cautious about his do-gooder role. “He’s this huge guy, but his whole thing is precision and rules, and by the end of the movie, he moves away from that and embraces the chaos of what being a superhero is all about.”

Reprinted from USA Today

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New Trailer For Disney’s Big Hero 6

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The new trailer for Walt Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6 is now available.

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 Big Hero 6 is an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion a robot named Baymax, Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.

Featuring the voices of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, TJ Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Daniel Henney. Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell and Alan Tudyk, the movie is set to hit theaters on November 7, 2014.

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Five Disney Animated Favorites Coming To Blu-ray For The First Time…Five Disney Animated Favorites Coming To Blu-ray For The First Time…Tarzan, Hercules, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers & The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Walt Disney Studios is releasing five of their classic animated adventures – Tarzan, Hercules, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (celebrating its 10th anniversary), and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad – for the first time ever on Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy). Hercules, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad/Fun and Fancy Free 2-Movie Collection will also be re-released on single disc DVD. They will be available on August 12, 2104.

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Funko To Release Pop! Disney Lion King & Bambi Figures

Funko will release Disney themed Lion King figures on July 23, 2014. Look for Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki and Scar coming soon. Then in August Bambi, Thumper and Flower will hit store shelves.

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New Lion King Series Coming to Disney Junior

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A new animated series, inspired by The Lion King, is headed to Disney Junior! The Lion Guard will follow Kion (Simba and Nala’s son), who becomes the leader of the Lion Guard, a group of the bravest and brightest tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. The show will include guest appearances by Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki and Zazu.

The wildlife education experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will serve as consultants on the project. A television movie will premiere in fall 2015, followed by the series in early 2016.

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Funko To Release Frozen Pop! Figures In July 2014

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Funko is excited to finally announce their brand new Frozen Pop! Series! They have had many requests for this series and they couldn’t wait for the line to make its debut!

The Oscar-winning film is the highest grossing animated film of all time! Frozen’s soundtrack was also the best-selling digital soundtrack ever!

Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven Pop! Figures will be released in July.

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New Poster For Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6

A new poster is now available for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6 featuring the robot Baymax.

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.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

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Funko Announces Disney Mystery Minis Series 2 Figures

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When you wish upon a star…You will get another series of our loveable Disney Mystery Minis! Funko took your favorite Disney characters, new and old, and shrunk them to adorable petite figures!

This series is due in July 2014 and features 12 characters fromBeauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, Wall-E, and Wreck-It Ralph.

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Funko Announces Pop! Disney: Who Framed Roger Rabbit Figures

Presenting the most wacky, toon-tastic toys this side of Toon Town…

The Who Framed Roger Rabbit Pop! Series! Expect to see Pop! Disney figures of Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit, Judge Doom and his sidekick Smarty Weasel in August 2014.

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Merida & Maleficent Joining Disney Infinity 2.0

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Earlier this week, the Disney Interactive team teased us with an image of Merida, stating “Bring on the Brave.” We already knew the character would be in the upcoming Disney Infinity 2.0, as she was spotted for a moment in last month’s trailer for the game, along with Maleficent and Stitch.

On Wednesday evening, the developers held a sneak preview for D23 members in San Francisco of Merida and Maleficent joining the game

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Below are images, character descriptions and the brand new trailer.

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Merida: With her untamed fiery red locks, this headstrong Princess will definitely leave her mark in Disney Infinity. Between her sharp sword and bow combo attacks with ricocheting arrows, she can upgrade her aim with elemental freeze arrows, freezing enemies in front of her then following up with rapid shots showing off her impressive athletic skills as an archer and sword fighter.

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Maleficent: The wicked title character from the upcoming Walt Disney Studios film employs numerous magical powers and can attack using her magic in melee and ranged combat. To defeat enemies, Maleficent has the ability to utilize projectile and area of effect attacks that affect multiple targets within a specified area, brambles that she summons from the ground and ravens that she can call on to attack targets.

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