Monday, 14 July 2014

Big Hero 6 Voice Cast Revealed!

Speculation's been running rampant for a while, and impatience has been growing, so Disney have finally revealed the voice cast for their 54th animated feature, Big Hero 6, along with some brand-spanking new character images to accompany the announcements!

Main character, boy-genius Hiro Hamada, is voiced by Ryan Potter. 18-year-old Potter has been in Nickelodeon's Supah Ninjas and Fred: The Show. You can see Hiro fully suited up at the top, and here's some copperplate about the character:
"His state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bond—and two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission."

Baymax, the adorable-turned-ass-kicking robot, is voiced by Scott Adsit. Adsit is best known as Pete Hornberger in 30 Rock; you can hear him as Baymax in this video here. And here's a little about the character:
"Baymax cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and, given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for—he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the Big Hero 6."

One of the most fun-looking characters in Big Hero 6 is Fred, aka Fredzilla, who's voiced by T.J. Miller. Miller has most recently been seen in Transformers 4 (but let's not hold that against him) and HBO's Silicon Valley; he also has prior voice acting experience, as he's Tuffnut in the How to Train Your Dragon films. Here's a bit about Fred:
"Fanboy Fred comes off like a laid-back dude with no direction. But this sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book aficionado is sure to go places—when he’s good and ready. For example, Fred doesn’t hesitate to join “Big Hero 6,” and he has a lot of ideas for his super-hero skillset, too. His ferocious, fire-breathing alter ego comes complete with claws, integrated communications and a super bounce. But his sign-spinning may still come in handy."

Next up is "adrenaline junkie" Go Go Tomago, who's voiced by Jamie Chung, who has been in such classics as Grown Ups, Sucker Punch and the second and third Hangover films... Yeah. Here's a bit about Go Go:
"She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed sarcasm are totally her speed. The daredevil adrenaline junkie is at her best on wheels, and when Go Go joins forces with Big Hero 6, she rolls like never before, using maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons."

Then we get to Honey Lemon, described as a "part-time barista/chemist" and voiced by Génesis Rodríguez (Identity Thief):
"Honey may be as sweet as her namesake, but she has a fire in her belly and a can-do attitude that make her pretty much unstoppable."

And last but not least in the Big Hero 6 team is Wasabi, who's voiced by Damon Wayans Jr. (New Girl, Happy Endings). Here's the details about the final member of the titular team:
"Wasabi is committed to precision. He’s super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly neatnik can’t help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of “Big Hero 6,” Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe this guy."
What's interesting about the core cast is that they're all relatively unknown (well, T.J. Miller's been in quite a few things, and Damon Wayans Jr. is great, but none of the cast are big names) - frankly, a lot of them have been in some utter crap... But that's usually a good sign with animated films (the lack of big name, that is. Not the crap...); it's better to have actors cast in a film because they're right for the role, rather than because they're quite famous.

Firefly star Alan Tudyk is back for a third straight WDAS film.

The cast, outside of the actual Big Hero 6 team, also includes Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, The Way, Way Back) as Aunt Cass, James Cromwell (I, RobotAmerican Horror Story) as Professor Callaghan, Daniel Henney (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as Hiro's brother Tadashi, and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Suburgatory) as Alistair Krei. This is Tudyk's third year on the trot voicing a character in a Walt Disney Animation Studios film, after voicing King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph and the Duke of Weselton in Frozen - what are the odds he's a bad guy in this, too? Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal, Tudyk!

All in all, it's a solid cast, and just another reason to be excited for Disney's first Marvel-based animated film. Big Hero 6 opens on 7th November, and the customary many, many months later (30th January, 2015, to be exact) here in the UK. And a new trailer is set to debut tomorrow! So keep your eyes glued to A113Animation for more Big Hero 6-y stuff.

Via Screen Crush

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