Immersed in Blu-ray: Oscar Winner Big Hero 6

Disney’s Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 is now available in a stunning Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector’s edition from Disney Home Ent.Disney Animation expanded its horizons with the first Marvel superhero adaptation that features an action-packed, poignant story of loss and healing between the 14-year-old Hiro (Ryan Potter) and the huggable robot, Baymax (Scott Adsit). Oscar-winning directors Don Hall and Chris Williams and producer Roy Conli led an ambitious team that created the most complex animated world in the studio’s history, San Fransokyo, along with a wide range of characters and elaborate VFX (including the massive simulation of  microbots).

The big tech advancement on BH6 was Disney’s new rendering system called Hyperion, a lighting system for that supports global illumination. They were able to set up a scene similar to a physical environment by placing light sources and objects along with selected materials that the objects are covered by.  Hyperion allowed the animators to build an extremely detailed version of San Fransokyo, which was actually based on county assessor maps of San Francisco.

“There were a lot of conversations about how to take the boy and his robot story and then the superhero origin story as part of one story and not two separate tracks,” Hall admits. “A lot of reworking but the specific challenge of this movie was that you have two distinct genres coming together. The Eastern/Western aesthetic, the Marvel/Disney aspect of it, the immediate aspect of this emotional story dealing with loss, and this broad, playful comedy, and you’re creating a mash-up world, so bringing all of these disparate elements together and finding a tone that would accommodate them was hard.”

“I played with the idea that Baymax has been programmed with things to say and within that there are variables, which can be slotted in,” adds Adsit.  ”He would say, ‘I see that you’re endorphins are… HIGH.’ I think they liked that and the benign manner.”

The most dramatically important scene is “Tadashi is Here” scene, in which Hiro discovers the video of his late brother documenting his struggle to perfect Baymax. “The emotion in the scene’s pretty raw, it’s pretty real,” Hall continues. The holy trinity of the movie is Hiro, Tadashi, and Baymax.”

Bonus features include the Oscar-winning Feast short by Patrick Osborne, a fun and funny ode to food and dogs centered on the lovable Winston; “The Origin Story of Big Hero 6: Hiro’s Journey”; “Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters; and deleted scenes (including alternate openings).

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Home Entertainment, Oscar, previs, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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