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Disney’s Big Hero 6 Concept Art Explored

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With just a few months left before Disney’s next animated feature hits the cinemas, it’s time we start paying closer attention to the world created for Big Hero 6.

Animation World Network was given access to some early concept art for the movie and was able to talk with Don Hall, co-director of the film, about the movie and the comic book it was based on.

“I was encouraged to explore the Marvel universe,” explained Hall, “and one of the projects I found was called ‘Big Hero 6.’ I’d never heard of it, but I liked the title and its Japanese influences — it just sounded cool.” Disney encouraged the filmmakers to take the existing property and make it their own. “We thought about sticking more closely to the source material,” he added, “but the idea of creating our own world was far too enticing.”

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We also get a look at more concept art for the characters in the film, including this final character lineup:

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The Big Hero 6 characters (L-R): Wasabi, Go Go Tomago, Honey Lemon, Fred, Hiro Hamada, Baymax, Aunt Cass, Tadashi Hamada, Professor Robert Callaghan and Yokai.

Much more awesome concept art in the original article at AWN!

Below the jump, one more awesome mini-trailer featuring Baymax who has all the right dance moves:

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Magic Kingdom Plaza / Hub Construction Update – July 2014

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Since it’s been awhile since the Plaza redo was announced, I thought I’d start the video off with a look at the concept art Disney released. Unlike other videos of the project, this time there’s more than just some dirt that’s been pushed around. The Adventureland side of the hub has actual construction with what looks like a concrete footing having been laid for what will eventually support the parade and fireworks viewing garden.

Also interesting to note that there is now an earthen dam holding the water back on the Tomorrowland side instead of the giant black rubber inflatable dam that never really succeeded in holding back the water. This version is a little better at it’s job.

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Avatar Revealed in New Concept Art and Model for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Disney Parks Chair Tom Staggs was the first to reach out to Director James Cameron with the idea to bring the worlds of Avatar to life at Disney’s theme parks. At Japan’s D23 event, Staggs shared the most details yet about the exciting plans for the first Avatar-land to be built at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Currently scheduled to open in 2017, Avatar will take guests to the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s Avatar. The awe-inspiring land of floating mountains, bio-luminescence rainforests and soaring Banshees will become real for Disney guests to see, hear and touch. The Avatar-inspired land will be part of the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history.

Four pieces of concept art and one photo of Staggs, Cameron and Imagineer Joe Rohde were published. These appear to confirm many of the rumors about the land, including the presence of a boat ride and an emphasis on the bioluminescent glowing plants night effects that wowed so many in the movies. Guests will also be able to soar into the sky on the backs of a Banshee. The latter, is expected to be a motion platform projection movie experience similar to Soarin’ but with the latest digital technology (and most-likely 3D).

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Monsters University Concept Art at Magic of Disney Animation

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I’m looking forward to Pixar’s Monsters University, and since the third trailer contained a pretty big spoiler, I don’t mind sharing these concept art photos and character marquettes that have just been put on display at the Magic of Disney Animation in Disney’s Hollywood Studios:Read More »Monsters University Concept Art at Magic of Disney Animation

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New Princess Fairytale Hall Concept Art

In our last Magic Kingdom photo update, we mentioned how we snuck a peek at the construction going on in the old Snow White’s Scary Adventures show building. They’re already building out the little nooks you see in this new concept art released by Disney.… Read More »New Princess Fairytale Hall Concept Art

Could Walt Disney Animation Studios ‘Frozen’ Save Norway Pavilion at EPCOT

Back in 2010 we heard about Disney putting the brakes on production of the modern update of a Norwegian legend, The Snow Queen. But a few months ago work slowly began again on the project, this time with a new name – Frozen. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel are set to voice the lead roles. Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson Lopez will pen the music. You might recall their names from Broadway’s Avenue Q and Book of Morman, but Disney fans will know their work on the Finding Nemo Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney recently confirmed that the story would be inspired by the beauty of Norway, even if not being specific about the location or time. But it makes me wonder, why don’t they commit to Norway as the setting. EPCOT would then have an excuse to upgrade the Norway pavilion which has long been without a sponsorship commitment.

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Wreck-it Ralph Production Art

Walt Disney Animation Studios has just released some of the first production art from Wreck-it Ralph. In it we get a look at some of the tests for the characters of Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz. That’s quite a range of choices for Ralph there, yet Vanellope seems to be relatively in the same ballpark.

They also released artwork from the 8-bit video game “Fix-it Felix Jr.” and more below the jump:

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