Disney and Pixar’s Big Hero 6, partially based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, was a massive hot for Walt Disney Pictures, and yet another feather in the cap of the studio’s purchase of Marvel Entertainment. The film, which at last count grossed over $505 million worldwide, stands as the second highest all-time domestic moneymaker for Walt Disney Animation Studios (behind Frozen), and likely means that a follow-up is a foregone conclusion given the subject matter’s general tendency to become a franchise.
In an extensive interview with Variety, the film’s co-director Chris Williams talked about its strength in connecting with audiences, as well as the inevitable follow-up. While Williams and the screenwriters for the film haven’t yet had serious discussions about a sequel, fans will likely be relieved to learn that the massive box office take isn’t automatically dictating that a sequel be made. Instead, Williams is eager to make sure that people understand that the creative team is following a longstanding Pixar dictum handed down from John Lasseter.
If it’s not a great story, it won’t be a great movie. The crew deserves a great story. And we have expectations from the audience, who grew up with Disney animation. They deserve a great story too.
And the Lasseter dictum that Williams intends to follow? It goes like this: “No sequel will ever get made unless the directors want one and feel strongly that there is a story that needs to be told.”
Big Hero 6 hits DVD and Blu-ray on February 24th.
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