Walt Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6 is expanding into a full-blown TV series coming to Disney XD in 2017.
Hiro and Baymax will star in their own TV show titled Big Hero 6: The Series starting next year. Presumably the full Big Hero 6 squad will be along for the journey as well.
“Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters,” said Disney Channel President Gary Marsh in a press release. “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.”
Big Hero 6 does seem like the type of story that is begging to be turned into a TV show. With a vibrant cast of characters and a lovable robot at its center, the TV series seems poised to be a success. The show will continue “the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax. Alongside Hiro and Baymax on their journey are control freak Wasabi, scientist Honey Lemon, fanboy Fred and no-nonsense Go Go, who together form the legendary superhero team, Big Hero 6. As the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, Hiro now faces daunting academic challenges and the social trials of being the little man on campus. Off campus, the stakes are raised for the high-tech heroes as they must protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains.”
Disney Animation unveiled Big Hero 6 in theaters in 2014. It received great reviews thanks to the story’s heart: A beautiful relationship between Hiro and his brother’s robot Baymax.
The news comes just a day after Disney XD’s sister channel Disney Channel announced High School Musical 4.
We suppose any hopes for a Big Hero 6 sequel (would it be called “Big Hero 7?”) should be set aside for now, as TV is clearly Baymax’s priority at the moment. What’s more, Disney Animation (not Pixar) has shied away from theatrical sequels in recent years. To the delight of moviegoers, they’ve been more interested in producing original stories (Wreck-it Ralph, Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, this November’s Moana) than sequels.