Baymax, The Big Hero 6 robot can do many things, not all of them well

New Image from Big Hero 6

New Image from Big Hero 6

Baymax, the robot from Disney’s upcoming animated feature “Big Hero 6.” is programmed to do a lot of things. That does not necessarily mean he is an expert at everything, there are a few things that remain a challenge. Take this attempt to make a balloon animal:

“Big Hero 6″ is a heartfelt comedy adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, clean freak Wasabi No-Ginger, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a cutting-edge robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6″ is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

Previously: First Trailer for Big Hero 6.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Retakes Top Box Office Spot for Disney

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While “Guardians of the Galaxy” faced stiff competition from a film with deep roots in our culture, Disney’s latest film from Marvel has persevered and reclaimed the top spot at the Box Office in its 4th week. Not only did it beat “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (which has been getting bad word of mouth), it topped newcomers “If I Stay” and the “Sin City” sequel in its return to rule the roost.

The $17.6 million in box office rockets “Guardians of the Galaxy” to over $250 million domestically and $489 million worldwide. All together, Guardians of the Galaxy is now the biggest summer movie of 2014.

When you look at all of 2014, Disney has now had three #1 films “Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714 Million worldwide)and “Maleficent” ($750 Million worldwide), plus “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

In fact, that gives Disney 3 of the top 5 films of 2014 so far by domestic box office. By the end of next weekend Guardians should shoot to the top film for all of 2014. I think Marvel has another hit on their hands, don’t you?

Now, with labor day upon us, summer is wrapping up and Disney still has three films left for 2014 (McFarland just moved to 2015). Which film do you think has the best chance to challenge Guardians for that top spot?

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Learn to Draw series: Ray the Firefly from “Princess and the Frog”

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One of my favorite new video series from Disney is “Learn to Draw” where a Disney animator or character artist takes you through the steps of creating one of Disney’s iconic animated characters.

Up next is everybody’s favorite Firefly from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” – Ray. This week, we are instructed by Heather Worley from the Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

What I like about this drawing is that Ray uses the same basic shapes, but in a totally different way.

Which Disney characters would you like to learn to draw?

Previously: Learn to Draw Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

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Watch first episode of Selfie right now

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Selfie, will debut on ABC on Sept. 30, but you can watch the first epsiode of the new sitcom on Hulu right now. The show is about a self-possessed social media star and is loosely modeled on “My Fair Lady.” Watch now, then tell your friends to watch too.

Selfie stars Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy” as Nebula and “Doctor Who” as Amy Pond) and John Cho (Star Trek as Sulu). I’ll be watching just on the talent alone. What about you?

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The Harrowing Tale of Disneyland’s First Entertainment Director, Tommy Walker

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Sadly it’s been much, much too long since Disneyland history sleuth Jason Schultz updated his Disneyland Nomenclature blog, but we promise to forgive if he returns with more great content like this new piece detailing a chilling chapter in Disneyland’s history.

The park’s musical atmosphere owes a lot to the Walker family of Vessey and his son Tommy. Vessey was the Main Street Band leader from the park’s opening through 1968. After a stint at USC (where he invented the famous ‘Charge’ tune you hear everywhere today) Tommy became the Disneyland Entertainment Director and, among other things, had a hand in creating Date Nites, Disneyland at Disneyland, 1960 Winter Olympics ceremonies, and even synchronized fireworks and music.

But all that could have been prevented had one night in Tommy Walker’s young life gone a different way. Because on February 23, 1956, Walker was kidnapped.

Read the entire fascinating tale on Schultz’s blog.

Photo credit: Pam Smith

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