As of this writing, Big Hero 6 is on track for a $56.2 million opening, just over $6 million ahead of Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi epic, Interstellar. Based on a Marvel property and given a Disney makeover, Big Hero 6 has quite the pedigree, and from what critics have to say about the film, it has done a fine job merging the Marvel quirk and Disney heart. In an interview with Screen Rant, Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams talked about their inspirations for the film, and how the idea first came about to adapt a Marvel property in Disney animated form. Don Hall explains how the project came together.
You know, it all stemmed from just a childhood love of Disney animation and Marvel comics and what a dream come true to be able to combine those things into a film. And I pitched that to John Lasseter and he loved that idea and I started researching, you know, through the Marvel archives, just properties that I thought would be cool to bring over here and found Big Hero 6.”
While Disney has had plenty of success in the past with films like Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, Marvel’s superhero films are gifts that keep on giving for Disney. Because of this, one would think there would be temptation to treat Big Hero 6 as just another Marvel property rather than take it the Disney route.