There was high-flying fun to be had at Disney’s “Big Hero 6” premiere on Nov. 4 at El Capitan, and the Mouse House family and friends showed up in force, kiddies in tow, along with a few comicbook fans as well.
Young Ryan Potter, who plays boy genius Hiro in the toon, enthusiastically hijacked an interview with Man of Action’s Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle, Joe Casey and Joe Kelly, the four creators of the original “Big Hero 6” characters for Marvel, to gush about his love for the comic.
“A buddy of mine gave me a box of comics, and one, three and four were in there. I read them, and even before I knew about this project, I fell in love with it,” he told them.
“So now you’re our Hiro,” said Seagle.
Potter says he has all of the comics now and hit up the writers to sign them.
Producer Roy Conli explained some of the changes the “Big Hero 6” tale underwent to become a movie. “We’ve taken the story and shaped it into a Disney animated film. The intent was to make an animated film inspired by Marvel.”
One of the biggest changes in the transition to screen was the character of Baymax, who was a fighting megabot in the comic, but in Disney’s tale is a huggable health bot who only cares about the well-being of his patient. “We wanted a robot we could fall in love with,” Conli said. “He’s adorable… The world is waiting for this character.”
Conli said that when they’ve screened the film, they’d have an inflatable version of Baymax on display. “Everyone comes out and hugs him after the movie. He’s huggable, but I think everyone just wants that kind of compassion. There’s a need for that kind of compassion right now.”
After a packed screening of “Big Hero 6,” partygoers hopped onto luxury buses for a trip into the Hollywood Hills to Yamashiro for food, fun and games (including stations set up to play Disney’s Xfinity) and a glorious view of Los Angeles.
Among the many revelers were the Disney execs John Lasseter, Alan Horn, Andrew Millstein and Alan Bergman; directors Don Hall and Chris Williams; cast members Scott Adsit, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Maya Rudolph and Daniel Henney; composer Henry Jackman; Fall Out Boy (Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump and Andy Hurley); and guests Rashida Jones, Kevin Nealon, Josh Gad and director and ultimate comicbook fan Kevin Smith.
(Pictured: Ryan Potter, right, poses with Hiro and Baymax at the “Big Hero 6” premiere)