The wait is over. The rumors are true. Disney announced that Big Hero 6: The Series will premiere June 9, 2018. According to Geek Tyrant, Big Hero 6: The Series will begin 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time, with back-to-back episodes Saturday and Sunday. There will be new episodes each Saturday, from June through September.
The show is about Hiro Hamada, a young tech genius in the futuristic megalopolis of San Fransoyko. The boy who competed in illegal ‘bot duels in the movie Big Hero 6 is now using his gifts to protect society.
As the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, Hiro now faces daunting academic challenges and the social trials of being the little man on campus. Off campus, the stakes are raised for the high-tech heroes as they must protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains.
Most of the original cast from the movie will be returning to the TV series. The movie was loosely based on the Marvel comic book Big Hero Six, created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau.
Hiro is voiced by Ryan Potter, who also plays Beast Boy in the live action show Titans. This is not his first Disney role. He played Riker in Disney’s Lab Rats: Elite Force.
Multimillionaire Alistair Krei, “a pioneer entrepreneur, tech guru, and the CEO of Krei Tech” is voiced by Alan Tudyk. Tudyk, who is best known for playing Hoburn “Wash” Washburne in Fireflyand Serenity, is well on his way to becoming a Disney Legend.
Baymax, the robot designed by Hiro’s brother Tadashi Hamada, is voiced by Scott Adsit. No stranger to SCIFI.radio listeners, Adsit was Sonny Cocoa in Neon Joe, Vampire Hunter and both Professor Polidori and The Creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Comedienne Maya Rudolph reprises her role as Aunt Cass, the orphaned Hiro’s guardian. Although best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, she was a nurse in Gattica and Rapunzel in Shrek the Third.
With a name like Big Hero 6, you’d be safe in guessing that Hiro has five bold colleagues to assist him in his adventures. Along with his inflatable medical care robot Baymax, he joins with four other students at San Fransoyko Institute of Technology to fight crime and solve mysteries. They are Go Go Tomago, Honey Lemon, Wasabi, and Fred. All but Fred and Wasabi are voiced by the same characters as in the movie.
Go Go Tomago is voiced by Jamie Chung. She was Mulan in Once Upon a Time, Valerie Vale in Gotham, and Clarice Fong aka Blink in The Gifted. Honey Lemon is voiced by Genesis Rodriguez, who was Jane Walker in Time after Time. Fred will now be voiced by Brooks Wheelan of Saturday Night Live. Wasabi’s new voice actor will be Khary Payton, the voice of Cyborg on several DC cartoons, including Teen Titans Go!, and Aqualad in Young Justice. He also played Ezekiel in The Walking Dead.
Fred’s parents will be played by Stan Lee and Susan Sullivan. Given Stan Lee’s age and health, it’s uncertain how large his role as Frederick Frederickson III, aka Boss Awesome, will be. Susan Sullivan, who played Dr. Elaina Marks in the pilot of the TV version of The Incredible Hulk and Richard Castle’s mother in Castle, will be Fred’s socialite mother.
One of the new characters joining Big Hero 6: The Series is Professor Granville. She is voiced by Jenifer Lewis, who voiced Flo in the Cars franchise and Mama Odie in The Princess and the Frog.
Will you be watching Big Hero 6: The Series this summer?
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.