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‘Big Hero 6 the Series’ Will Premiere with TV movie

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Big Hero 6 The Series Opening Credits

Fans already know that the adventures of Hiro Hamada, Baymax, and the entire Big Hero 6 team are continuing. However, it looks like we’re not only getting the previously announced television series but also a one-hour television movie to kick things off!

The brand-new TV movie will premiere simultaneously on Disney Channel and Disney XD on November 20 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST. Titled Baymax Returns, the new movie continues immediately where the 2014 feature film left off: Hiro has just discovered the computer chip his late brother Tadashi used to create Baymax, and he sets about rebuilding his robotic buddy. At the same time, Hiro is attending San Fransokyo Institute of Technology with his classmates and fellow Big Hero 6 members Honey Lemon, Wasabi, Go Go Tomago, and Fred. But let’s not forget that Hiro is still a fourteen-year-old. His overconfidence and his inclination to take shortcuts lead himself and his friends into trouble—and adventure.

Right after Baymax Returns airs, Disney will show two full-length episodes of the Big Hero 6 TV series that will officially begin in 2018. These two special episodes will be available for viewing exclusively on the DisneyNOW app and Disney XD VOD.

And in case that doesn’t quite satiate fans’ desire to see the Big Hero 6 team in action again, starting on November 24, Disney will also be airing a new series short every Friday for six consecutive weeks. The shorts will be available on Disney XD, the DisneyNOW app, and Disney XD YouTube.

As previously announced, the majority of the main characters’ voice actors from the original film will be reprising their roles for Baymax Returns and the following shorts and series. Returning talent includes Ryan Potter as Hiro, Scott Adsit as Baymax, Jamie Chung as Go Go, Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon, Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass, David Shaughnessy as Heathcliff, and Stan Lee himself as Fred’s dad. New to the cast are Khary Payton as Wasabi and Brooks Wheelan as Fred.

Big Hero 6 The Series cast

Big Hero 6 The Series will be produced by Disney Television Animation, with Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley, and Nick Filippi of Kim Possible fame serving as executive producers, and Filippi as supervising director.

What do you think about this new announcement? Are you excited for Big Hero 6 The Series to premiere with Baymax Returns? Will you be watching the two preview episodes and shorts airing later this year?

(Via Deadline and Collider.)

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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  • Manuel Orozco

    Something tells me reviving Baymax and adjusting to a new chapter in life all wasn’t easy for Hiro. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate my excitement a 9.

  • Fadi Antwan

    I loved Tangled: Before Ever After, so I’m very much looking forward for this movie and expect it to be just as good.
    What we really need now is a ZOOTOPIA TV series! How awesome would that be? The movie sets itself up perfectly for a follow up TV show.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I already signed a petition for a Zootopia show on Disney XD

    • dlizsehshus

      Not happening. We are getting a movie sequel. Thats for sure.

      • Fadi Antwan

        I also expect them to make a sequel in the future. But I don’t think that means they can’t also make a TV series for the franchise.

        • dlizsehshus

          Won’t happen. Jason Bateman and Idris Elba are big stars. The tv series won’t be able to afford them and I doubt they wil be available with their schedule. It will be like when Aladdin got Homer Simpson to replace Robin Williams. I can see Ginnifer Goodwin doing it but it won’t be as good without Bateman or Elba.

          • Fadi Antwan

            I’m not sure they care about replacing voice actor for a cartoon. It wouldn’t be unprecedented. It may not be as good, but that doesn’t mean Disney will never make it happen.

          • dlizsehshus

            How you know they do not care? Looking at the Tangled series. They made sure to get the two main stars in Zach and Mandy. Same with Big Hero Six

            Disney is different now. They actually care about quality unlike before.

          • Fadi Antwan

            Well they did replace two of the main cast for BH6. And also, Mandy Moore is kind of also a big star, so if they managed to sign her up, it may not be impossible for them to get Jason Bateman to do more voice work for Nick Wilde. Never say never with Disney.

            And lastly, honestly, replacing one voice is not going to affect the quality of the work that much. Having a solid story and decent animation and direction is much more important than a single voice.

          • dlizsehshus

            They were supporting characters. Its not like they replaced Hiro or Baymax. Mandy is not a big star anymore . She isn’t getting movie roles like she used to. Bateman is on a different level than her. Not even a comparison. If they can then fine but I highly doubt it.

            Ah actually it does. Especially if the actor is the only one who can pull off that character. Bateman like Robin Williams is a unique person. His quirks and his personality made Nick Wilde.

            Disagree actors are important too. Since they are the ones on screen even their voices. Look at the remake of Total Recall. It failed miserably compared to the original. Mostly because Colin Farrell couldn’t replicate Arnolds performance.

          • Fadi Antwan

            Well you said it yourself, Dan Castellaneta replaced Robin Williams for the Aladdin series, and that show was pretty successful (I loved it). So it’s not unheard of. And that was back during the Renaissance, so you can’t say they didn’t care about quality then. Even today you can argue Disney doesn’t care much about the quality of some of their live action adaptations. So it hasn’t turned into a perfect corporation. Revenue is still the main drive. That’s why we’re starting to get animated sequels.

            I disagree about Mandy Moore not being a big star. She has ~800k more followers than Jason Bateman on Twitter, was just recently nominated for a Golden Globe, and is credited as the foremost female actress on This is Us, a show with 14.7 million average viewers. That’s much higher than Game of Thrones. Also, it appears Jason Bateman voiced Nick Wilde for Disney Infinity 3.0, a video game, so don’t rule him out of smaller productions just yet.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Love This Is Us

          • dlizsehshus

            Meh it was successful financially because it was associated with the first film. Successful creatively is another story. I thought it was pretty mediocre. Especially if you compare to the other Disney tv shows like Ducktales, Talespin, etc around that time. It represented everthing that I don’t want a Zootopia tv series to be. Half baked and lazy.

            Just because it was the Renaissance it doesn’t mean Disney didn’t cut corners creatively in that time. You want proof of that go watch all The Disney DTV CHEAPQUALS they released during the Renaissance. Those films were garbage. They didn’t care at all about quality and didn’t even bother to make decent films. They just wanted to make money.

            I disagree wholeheartedly with that comment. Some of the Live Action Adaptations have been terrific. And if you think they don’t care about quality with them. Just look at the budget for every one of the Live Action Adaptations. All of them cost over $100 million to make. I don’t think Disney would be spending 100 millions of dollars if they don’t care about quality. Some have missed the mark. But thats been more due to the people behind the scenes. Disney did their part.

            I have no problem with Disney making sequels. As long as the effort is there. If its like the 90s DTV CHEAPQUELS then yes I have a problem. But from what I’ve heard. They are actually trying and pulling out all the stops to make good films. Just like Pixar has.

            Lol did you just use twitter as evidence to show how big a Cinema star they are? So Donald Trump has 40 million followers. Does that mean he’s the biggest star in cinema? When he makes a movie is it suddenly going to gross Billions at the boxoffice? Come on everyone knows twitter followers means jack didley when it comes to boxoffice.

            Jason Bateman is a Cinema star because he has hit tv shows and hit movies. Mandy Moore

          • Manuel Orozco

            Actually 7 years ago

          • Manuel Orozco

            True about Mandy except her playing Rebecca on my favorite show This Is Us. Although I wish she can record some new music like she did in her early fame days. She was my first celebrity crush way before Hilary Duff, Alexa Vega and a few others too much to mention right now.

          • Manuel Orozco

            And that is what is making Tangled the Series all the more special and I expect the same amount of effort for Big Hero 6. Although this doesn’t have to be mostly serialized like Tangled occasionally is.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Unless it doesn’t have to focus on Judy & Nick every week. It can be an anthology series with elements of crime comedy.

        • pretto

          Not while they’re making material for movie theatres. The box office for How to Train your Dragon 2 and Penguins of Madagascar was weakened by the fact that fans were already accustomed to seeing the characters on tv for free. Disney won’t want to repeat DreamWorks mistake. So…Froxen and Zootopia get film sequels…Tangled and BH6 get tv series.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I wasn’t into Penguins anyway. That’s so unfair HTTYD 2 suffered through this

    • Amber Dvorak

      I would personally prefer a Zootopia series over a theatrical movie sequel, mostly because I feel Disney is going sequel-crazy. But it looks like that’s not in the cards…

  • I’m definitely tuning in to this! But…I hope it’s better than the Tangled series we got (and as someone who loves the original movie, I’m not the TV show’s biggest fan).

    • Manuel Orozco

      I thought BH6 was better than Tangled but I love the TV show. It’s beautifully animated like the original and awesome.

      • Eh, to each their own. I don’t think the Toon Boom animation really suits Tangled. Hand drawn animation would’ve been more ideal in my opinion.

        As far as the films go, I enjoyed both Big Hero 6 and Tangled. Maybe Tangled a little bit more, but they’re both great.

        • Manuel Orozco

          To be honest, I didn’t have much of an issue with the animation style. And to each their own

        • Ernesto Chacon

          I really don’t think Toon Boom is equivalent to the Flash Animation they use in most cartoons these days. the art style looks mainly digital 2D than Flash.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Never thought it that way before

  • aquapyro

    Can’t wait. Disney has had a grand slam this year. Just joining the lineup of shows like DuckTales, Tangled, Milo, Star vs, Spider-Man, and Rebels.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Well it’s Milo and Star Vs. I’m not really into

  • Really hope this series is super awesome!! Very siked it starts with an hour movie beforehand! :))

  • I am excited for this. Big Hero 6 was one of the best, if not the
    2nd best animated film of 2014. They could make some really
    good episodes based off the movie. The animation’s cool too.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Which was the 1st best

      • I would say How to Train Your Dragon 2 by a hair.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Doesn’t surprise me. I liked both HTTYD installments equally but BH6 was better! BH6 was the only animated film I insanely enjoyed from 2014.

          • Basically, I liked both movies equally. BH6 was overall a good film,
            but I feel HTTYD2 was much more unique (though a little uneven).

          • Manuel Orozco

            To each their own. But one thing for sure Hiccup and Toothless are full of surprises.

          • That’s true and it’s why I’m looking forward to HTTYD3. As l said, l like both.

          • Manuel Orozco

            As am I. The important thing I expect is for Hiccup and Toothless to not part ways on a sorrowful note. But with just a little effort, this might be able to top the first two and end this decade long high flying adventure with class. While we are at it, I wasn’t surprised a BH6 show would happen but the first two seasons of Dragons made me think it was possible.

  • Amber Dvorak

    As the writer of this article, I just have to say that I don’t watch a ton of TV, and I haven’t watched a Disney series on TV in a long time, but this is totally going to get me to tune in again!

    • Manuel Orozco

      Well you’re missing out on Ducktales and Tangled. Been a while since I was excited for any Disney TV myself except Star Wars Rebels.

      • Amber Dvorak

        I’m sure those are good too, and I plan to check out some Ducktales. I’m just more passionate about the Big Hero 6 franchise in general.

        • Manuel Orozco

          That’s understandable. So far you missed 5 or 6 episodes of Ducktales and about 10 or 12 of Tangled. As for live action, I only like Liv & Maddie and Raven’s Home.

  • Firecat

    I’ll be there to see it all!