Get ready, because, in 2017, America will get to tune into the world of San Fransokyo once again. On Wednesday, Disney announced that it would be beginning production of Big Hero 6: The Series to premiere on Disney XD in 2017. The series is a follow-up to the film, which came out in 2014 to stellar ratings. Big Hero 6 follows 14 year-old Hiro Hamada, who forms a friendship with an inflatable robot named Baymax. They soon team up with their own group of misfit friends and create a group of high-tech super heroes, and it is as amazing as it sounds.
Film spin-offs turned television series, or vice versa, have always stood on a bit of shaky ground; however, it does seem to work when done with animated series. For instance, remember Lilo & Stitch: The Series, which lasted for 70 episodes. Or the Nickelodeon TV Series, The Penguins of Madagascar, which has been on air since 2008. So, there is still hope yet that a Big Hero 6 series may prove fairly successful. Because I absolutely adored this film, I'm banking on a long and fruitful production for the new show. While there is not much to be said about the series yet, here is what we do know.
Other than releasing news about the series and the year it will premiere, Disney has kept pretty hush hush about what they have planned, although, in a prepared statement, Disney Channel President Gary Marsh said, “Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters." He continues, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world-class animated series — full of fun, action and the kind of endearing storytelling that only Mark, Bob — and Baymax — can deliver.”
There are plenty of storylines that could be explored, and I'm sure the series won't disappoint, but the biggest question still remains: will the original cast return? There is no word yet on whether any of the original cast will return to voice their respective characters, but I'm hoping at the very least Scott Adsit and Ryan Potter, who voiced Baymax and Hiro, will reprise their roles in the series. Plus, of course, Maya Rudolph, who played Cass, because, let's face it, who doesn't love Maya Rudolph?
Big Hero 6: The Series won't hit the screen for another year, but I will be eagerly awaiting its arrival. If this show has half the heart that the film did, then it is certain to be a success.
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