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“Big Hero 6” cast reunites for new animated series

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Disney XD unveiled the voice-cast for the network’s upcoming animated series “Big Hero 6,” which is based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning feature film. Fans might already know that the film itself was inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name.

The new animated series will reunite much of the original cast for its 2017 debut. Reprising their roles are: Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass; Jamie Chung as no-nonsense, speed genius Go Go; Scott Adsit as huggable robot Baymax; Alan Tudyk as tech guru Alistair Krei; Ryan Potter as tech genius Hiro; Genesis Rodriguez as quirky scientist Honey Lemon; David Shaughnessy as the butler Heathcliff; and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee as Fred’s dad.

Also joining the main voice cast are Khary Payton (“The Lion Guard”) as control freak Wasabi and Brooks Wheelan (“Saturday Night Live”) as fanboy Fred.

The film, from Walt Disney Animation Studios, was inspired by the Marvel comic created by Man of Action.
The series picks up immediately following the events of the feature film and continues the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax. Along with their friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred, they form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 and embark on high-tech adventures as they protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains. In his normal day-to-day life, Hiro faces daunting academic challenges and social trials as the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.

Additional guest cast includes: Jenifer Lewis (“black-ish”) as strict Professor Granville; Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”) as villain Obake; comedian Andy Richter as Globby; Diedrich Bader (“American Housewife”) as Bluff Dunder; Susan Sullivan (“Castle”) as Fred’s mother; Sean Giambrone (“The Goldbergs”) as Richardson Mole; John Ross Bowie (“Speechless”) as Mel; and Haley Tju (“Bella and the Bulldogs”) as classmate Karmi.

Emmy Award winners Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nick Filippi, the team behind the global hit Disney Channel series “Kim Possible,” serve as executive producers. Filippi also serves as supervising director. “Big Hero 6” is a production of Disney Television Animation.

“Big Hero 6” was the 54th animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The action-comedy centers on the special bond that develops between an inflatable robot and a young prodigy as they and their close friends seek to solve a mystery that threatens the city of San Fransokyo.

The film was directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and it was produced by Roy Conli, “Big Hero 6” was released back in October of 2014, and quickly became the biggest animated film of the year with over $657 million worldwide.

In addition to being named Best Animated Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it was nominated for Golden Globe, Critics Choice and BAFTA awards, and was the recipient of five Visual Effects Society Awards, the most ever for an animated feature, as well as a Cinema Audio Society Award and a Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie.