[UPDATE: After you’ve read the below, you may wish to also check out the surprising and very different Japanese version of the trailer]
Half of this trailer for Disney’s Marvel adaptation Big Hero 6 seems to be an excuse for vigilantism, which I guess just cements the picture’s status as a real superhero movie. They’re almost all a little bit that way.
But this trailer is winningly designed, and the character work is good, particularly with Baymax, the inflatable robot.
Did you spot the Frozen easter egg? It was rather small, and lo-res, but Hans appears on a ‘Wanted’ notice in the background. Here’s a screen capture. He’s towards the right hand side.
Disney also released these character images, showing off the team in both their civvies and their crime fighting gear, while announcing the cast. Interestingly, they did announce the casting for the Kabuki-masked villain too but it’s one of those things where it would be a spoiler to tell you who it is.
BAYMAX (voiced by Scott Adsit)
BAYMAX cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and, given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for—he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the Big Hero 6.
FRED / FREDZILLA (voiced by TJ Miller)
Fanboy FRED comes off like a laid-back dude with no direction. But this sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book aficionado is sure to go places — when he’s good and ready. For example, Fred doesn’t hesitate to join Big Hero 6, and he has a lot of ideas for his super-hero skillset, too. His ferocious, fire-breathing alter ego comes complete with claws, integrated communications and a super bounce. But his sign-spinning may still come in handy.
GO GO TOMAGO (voiced by Jamie Chung)
Aptly named GO GO TOMAGO knows what it takes to be fast. She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed sarcasm are totally her speed. The daredevil adrenaline junkie is at her best on wheels, and when Go Go joins forces with Big Hero 6, she rolls like never before, using maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons.
HIRO HAMADA (voiced by Ryan Potter)
Robotics prodigy HIRO HAMADA has the mind of a genius — and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bond — and two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission.
HONEY LEMON (voiced by Genesis Rodriguez)
It’s elemental when it comes to chemistry whiz HONEY LEMON. Don’t let her glasses and funky fashion fool you: Honey may be as sweet as her namesake, but she has a fire in her belly and a can-do attitude that make her pretty much unstoppable. Her knowledge of alchemy proves powerful, too, when the effusive brainiac becomes part of the Big Hero 6 and creates clever concoctions that when thrown, can get her team out of nearly any jam.
WASABI (voiced by Damon Wayans Jr)
WASABI is committed to precision. He’s super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly neatnik can’t help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of Big Hero 6, Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.
You will have heard Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass in the trailer, and James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk and Daniel Henney also have roles in the full film.
Big Hero 6 will be released in the US on November 7th and in the UK on January 30th.