The cast of Disney’s next big animated feature, Big Hero 6, was just announced. Inspired by the Marvel Comic, Big Hero 6, finds 5 friends (and Baymax) thrust into the middle of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo. The main protagonis Hiro turns to Baymax, his closest companion, and then turns the group of friends into a band of techie heroes determined to save the day.
Here’s a new TV spot that rolled out with the World Cup championship match this weekend:
Sounds good. Join me below the jump to meet the main characters and their celebrity voices:
Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada ( Voiced by Ryan Potter (Mike Fukanaga on Supah Ninjas)) has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old: 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 (Voiced by Scott Adsit (Pete Hornberger on 30 Rock)) 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.
Fanboy Fred ( Voiced by T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley on HBO) 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.
Aptly named Go Go Tomago ( Voiced by Jamie Chung (Mulan on ABC’s Once Upon A Time) knows what it takes to be fast. 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.
Wasabi ( Voiced by Damon Wayans Jr. ) 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.
Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) is a chemistry student and the glue that holds the group together. She’s empathetic, sweet, and maintains that positive attitude. She’s not exactly superhero materials, but is perhaps, the smartest of the team. Don’t let her glasses and funky fashion fool you: 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. Her knowledge of alchemy proves powerful, too, when the effusive brainiac becomes part of the “Big Hero 6” and creates clever concoctions that when thrown, can get her team out of nearly any jam.
Not pictured above are Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass, James Cromwell as Professor Callaghan, Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei, and Daniel Henney as Tadashi Hamada. I’m a fan of Alan Tudyk and it’s great to see him in another Disney animated feature (King Candy in Wreck-it Ralph and The Duke of Weselton in Frozen).
Update: Newly added additional character descriptions and voices, where Disney has provided.
Tadashi Hamada (voiced by Daniel Henney of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) is a good guy. He just is. He actually developed, built and programmed a state-of-the-art nursebot—a Healthcare Companion named Baymax that will likely help millions worldwide. But it’s his role as big brother that makes Tadashi truly special. Every kid needs a guy like Tadashi looking out for him, and Hiro knows just how lucky he is to have him in his life.
Aunt Cass (voiced by Maya Rudolph of Bridesmaids) is the overworked but always-supportive guardian of brothers Hiro and Tadashi. The owner of a popular San Fransokyo bakery and coffee shop, Aunt Cass is proud, ebullient and thinks the world of her two genius nephews. She’s always good for a laugh and ready with a hug, tirelessly there for support and a great home-cooked meal.
Professor Robert Callaghan (voiced by James Cromwell “L.A. Confidential, Babe) heads up the robotics program at the prestigious San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and is Tadashi’s professor and mentor. When Hiro visits the university for the first time, he is star-struck by the world-renowned roboticist—while Callaghan immediately sees the potential in the 14-year-old prodigy, encouraging him to put his brain to better use.
Pioneer entrepreneur and tech guru Alistair Krei is voiced by Alan Tudyk (“Tell,” “Welcome to Me,” “42”). San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s most illustrious alum and owner of the biggest technology company in the world, Krei Tech, is always on the hunt for the next big thing. Krei attends the showcase at San Fransokyo Tech and is overwhelmingly impressed by Hiro’s ingenuity.
Yokai is the silent masked man behind the terrible tragedy that strikes San Fransokyo, turning Hiro’s world upside down. As a result, Hiro transforms a group of nerds into a team of high-tech crime fighters—“Big Hero 6”—with one mission: Track down Yokai and bring him to justice.
Do you have a favorite character from Big Hero 6 so far? It’s okay if you say Baymax!
Previously: Big Hero 6 Teaser Trailer.