The promotional machine for Disney's big, animated fall film Big Hero 6 has really started ramping up with the announcement of the various voice cast members and a brand new trailer.
An odd quirk of the promotion for the film has been that it doesn't seem to mention Marvel Comics even one time, though the concept, characters and title come from a Marvel team that spun out of Alpha Flight and had a few mini-series over the years. Now it looks like Marvel's not even going to publish one of the comics that tie into Big Hero 6, a manga by Haruki Ueno. It's going to be in Kodansha's Magazine Special instead.
I have some complicated feelings about Big Hero 6, the forthcoming computer-animated Disney movie based on an obscure Marvel superhero concept. It seems like a weird choice for a Disney movie to begin with; a lot of the Japanese characters are no longer Japanese; and wasn't the whole deal with white comic creators appropriating Japanese culture to make Japanese superheroes sort of weirdly fetishistic to begin with?
But I've set all that aside for a couple of minutes to judge the new Big Hero 6 trailer on its own merits, and here's the good news; it's enormously charming. Surprise surprise, the people who brought you Frozen and the people who brought you The Avengers have a potential smash hit on their hands.
Disney has finally confirmed the voice cast for Big Hero 6, its big feature-length animated release for the year -- and also released a new TV spot for the movie. Big Hero 6 is notable for being the fifth film in 2014 to be based on Marvel superheroes -- though it's an even more fringe concept than Guardians Of The Galaxy.
In the comic, Big Hero 6 is a Japanese superhero team created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau, and first brought to the page in their own mini series by Scott Lobdell and Gus Vasquez. The movie moves the characters out of the Marvel Universe -- and out of Japan, kinda.
Ever since Fantagraphics started up their collection of Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse strips, I've been looking forward to finally getting to read "Mickey Outwits The Phantom Blot." This was the story that I'd heard of even when I wasn't paying attention to Disney comics from the '30s, the influential saga that provided Mickey with his most intriguing villain, and one that returned again and again over the years and inspired creators like Osamu Tezuka. It came with a pretty solid reputation, and when I finally got to it in the latest hardcover, I've got to admit that it lived up to it. It's every bit as exciting as I'd hoped it would be.
Unfortunately, it's collected in a book alongside some of the most grotesquely offensive stories that I've ever read. That's the sort of thing that spoils the experience a bit, even when you're making allowances for the time.
The Guardians of the Galaxy aren't anything close to the most obscure Marvel superhero team coming to movie theaters this year. That distinction has to go to Big Hero 6, the team that debuted in Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau's Alpha Flight all the way back 1998. A new Disney animated feature, also titled Big Hero 6, will come to theaters this November, and if three new stills of young robot builder Hiro and his creation Baymax are any indication, the film will be full of heroic, mechanical goodness.
In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”
Christian Beranek has worked as a writer for years, including a stint at Disney creating comics. She wrote Dracula vs. King Arthur and is currently working on a number of projects including the webcomic Validation.
Hey, remember Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire from 2001? It's okay if you don't, since it didn't have Fox Robin Hood or someone singing about ice puns, which, for good or ill, tend to make for the most memorable Disney movies. What it did have, however, were concept designs by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, which have led to the movie becoming a cult favorite in recent years despite a poor initial showing at the box office.
With the Internet being what it is, these designs have of course found their way online, and they are predictably amazing. Check out a few of the best below, from Mignola's take on the characters, locations and creatures of Atlantis!
Fans of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series have been looking for some closure, and now they're finally going to get it. The popular animated series will return for a sixth and final season, titled "The Lost Missions," after an agreement between Netflix and Lucasfilm/Disney. All 13 episodes of season six will be available on Netflix on March 7, as well as the the previous five seasons and the feature film.
It seemed like a foregone conclusion following Disney's $4.05 billion acquisition of Star Wars owners Lucasfilm last year, but Marvel and Dark Horse Comics made it official today: The Star Wars comics franchise will move next year from Dark Horse, which has had the license for 22 years, back to Marvel, which published the first Star Wars comics when the original movies were coming out in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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