Disney animates Marvel characters for 'Big Hero 6'

05:00 AM, May 09, 2013

Seen here in concept art, the high-tech city of San Fransokyo is home to brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and his team of rookie crime fighters in "??Big Hero 6." Disney/


Written By by Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

Live-action Marvel Comics characters have been saving the day on the big screen, and now Disney is borrowing from the comics for a new animated action comedy.

Big Hero 6 stars Hiro Hamada, a robotics genius who — along with his mechanical pal Baymax — joins a team of rookie crime fighters when a plot arises to decimate the high-tech metropolis of San Fransokyo.

The computer-animated movie, which will be released in 3-D on Nov. 7, 2014, is inspired by the 1998 Marvel miniseries Sunfire & Big Hero 6 featuring Silver Samurai, Sunfire and a group of superpowered individuals who come together to save Tokyo.

The film marks the first time that Walt Disney Animation Studios has made a movie with Marvel characters since Disney bought the comic-book publisher in 2009.