‘Big Hero 6’ co-director loved Marvel comics as kid

Los Angeles, Oct 31 (IANS) Don Hall, the co-director of “Big Hero 6” — a big screen adventure about the bond between a boy and his robot, says during his childhood, he was a fan of the eponymous Marvel comics, which have inspired the entertainer.

“When I was a kid, I loved Marvel comics,” Hall, who earlier directed the 2011 movie “Winnie The Pooh”, said in a statement.
“While working on ‘Winnie the Pooh’, I asked John Lasseter (chief creator of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios), if I could explore the Marvel world for inspiration for my next film.
“I was encouraged to explore the Marvel vaults and one of the projects I found was called ‘Big Hero 6’. I’d never heard of it, but I liked the title and its Japanese influences — it just sounded cool,” added Hall, who has teamed with Chris Williams to direct the movie.
The “Big Hero 6” filmmakers had set out to create a movie with a balance of action, humour and emotion, but producer Roy Conli feels it’s not necessarily an even split.
“When all is said and done, heart and humour are so important to us – we want to make sure that the action always has meaning — an emotional context to live in. Emotion and humour tend to come along with the action in ‘Big Hero 6’,” he said.

With comic-book-style action, the film, at its core is the budding bond between Hiro and Baymax.
“The movie is really about the two of them coming together,” said Williams.
“We decided early on that the central relationship would be between Hiro and Baymax as Hiro struggled to deal with the loss of his brother. While we want the story to be really fun and funny, at the same time, there’s this emotional depth and resonance that is pretty far beyond what people might expect,” he added.