In the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe, the animated offering Big Hero 6 sticks out like a big, colorfully crafted thumb, simply because, well, it’s the only animated offering in said universe. The film, set to be based on the Marvel comic series of the same name that follows a group of wildly mismatched characters as they attempt to save the future city of San Fransokyo, will be produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, making it both a Marvel film and a Disney animated property.
So why not go with some traditional Disney operations to make it?
THR reports that Chris Williams has joined the project as co-director, where he will take up the reins alongside the film’s other previously announced director, Don Hall. Disney has never shied away from pairing up directors for dynamic duos – recently, Frozen was helmed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and past properties like Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Hercules (those first two films were directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, while John Musker and Ron Clements led the final three) – and that return to form might pay off for them again. Even Marvel has gotten into the dual directing style as of late, with brothers Anthony and Joe Russo just finishing up Captain America: The Winter Solider.
Williams is best known for co-directing and co-writing Bolt, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature (to which we say, “Bolt got nominated for an Oscar?”). He has also helped pen other features like Mulan, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Brother Bear, so yes, he’s a real Disney guy with deep roots to the studio. How deep? He recently voiced the character of Oaken in Frozen.
Hall has similarly strong ties to Disney, having helmed Winnie the Pooh and written on films like The Princess and the Frog, Home on the Range, and Tarzan. Both Williams and Hall worked on Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, and Brother Bear, so they are certainly not strangers to each other, and presumably already have a solid working relationship to help drive their new film.
Big Hero 6 will open on November 7, 2014.
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