Disney has launched the first teaser trailer for its upcoming CG animated adaptation of the Marvel comic-book Big Hero 6 (November 7). The teaser footage focuses on 14-year-old Hiro Hamada and his faithful friend: a soft-bodied robot named Baymax. Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams told Yahoo! Movies that they wanted the first reveal footage to highlight the movie’s central friendship.
“Hiro wants to take the healing, loving, guileless nurse robot and turn it into a mechanized warrior,” says Williams. “That’s sort of the backbone of the film.”
According to the interview, CCO John Lasseter had the film’s creative team dig into to robotics research, meeting with engineers working in the new field of “soft robotics” at Carnegie Mellon. This novel approach, putting cutting edge technology in an inflatable vinyl package, inspired Baymax’s squishy design. Since Hiro isn’t content with the cuddly Baymax and designs mech armor to turn his pal into a battle-bot, the designers also had to create a “hard” look for the robot that created an intimidating presence while preserving some of the cuter aspects of the soft character underneath.
The directors say that future trailers will show more of the other four heroes the duo team up with — Wasabi-No-Ginger, Honey Lemon, GoGo Tomago and Fred. Big Hero 6 features the voices of T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung and Maya Rudolph.