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According to Scott Watanabe, the movie is set in an alternate future where after the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was rebuilt by Japanese immigrants using techniques that allow movement and flexibility in a seismic event. After the city was finished being rebuilt, it was renamed San Fransokyo due to it being a city with Japanese and American architecture combined.
Baymax's movement and posing was modeled after studying the movement of baby with a full diaper. (Source: movie extras)
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The production team watched videos of fire ants as an inspiration of the movement of the Microbots.
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In order to create the thousands of civilians living in San Fransokyo, the production team invented a program called the "Denizen Factory," which allowed them to build a whole series of background characters that each have a distinct design.
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Although it is based on a Marvel comic of the same name, there are lots of changes to the names, the setting, the ethnicities of characters, the back stories, and several plot points.
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When Hiro falls between his desk and bed after activating Baymax, you can see Oswald the Lucky Rabbit's face on Hiro's ceiling. Oswald was Walt Disney's first animated character before Mickey Mouse.
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The "world" that the animators created is bigger than those of Tangled (2010), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), and Frozen (2013) combined.
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In Hiro's room, next to his computer monitor, there appears to be a robot head resembling E.V.E. from WALL·E (2008).
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Over 200 different signs were created for the advertisements of San Fransokyo.
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The Portal testing lab was meant to be located deep in the catacombs of Alcatraz, but was changed to an alternate version of Angel Island called Akuma Island. Akuma means "demon" or "devil" in Japanese.
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According to Lorelay Bove, the reason Go Go Tamago's super-suit is yellow is to match her name, Tamago, which means "egg" in Japanese.
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In Fred's library/museum, one of the small statuettes in the background book case is Elastigirl from The Incredibles (2004).
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The idea of combining San Francisco's and Tokyo's skylines came from John Lasseter, who suggested creating a new and different mythical city for the film.
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The first animated Marvel film to be released theatrically via Walt Disney Animation Studios. However, the film does not share the same universe as the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe, nor is it branded as a Marvel property from Marvel Studios.
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In the science expo, whilst Hiro is demonstrating the microbots, there are two brief shots showing Alistair Krei assessing another competitor's project. The competitor is wearing something very similar to the Brain-Wave Analyzer created by Dr. Emmett Brown in the film Back to the Future (1985).
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While designing Baymax's super-suit, there is a drawing resembling the top half of Iron Man's helmet.
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Two important characters from the Big Hero 6 comic, Silver Samurai and Sunfire, did not make it to the film. This is because 20th Century Fox owns both characters, because of their affiliation with the X-Men. However, Tadashi's cap has the SF emblem, which is written in the same font as in the Sunfire comic.
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The villain's name, Yokai, means "spirit" or "phantom" in Japanese.
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Before deciding that Baymax was going to have an expressionless face, he was originally to going to have a face that only does five different expressions.
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This is the first Disney film to only show the title of the movie at the end and not the beginning.
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The design of Baymax's eyes was taken from a Japanese traditional bell, which is called Suzu. Don Hall, the director, says that he got the inspiration when he visited a temple in Japan.
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T.J. Miller, who voices Fred, improvised most of his character's exclamations.
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The film takes place in 2032.
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Don Hall chose San Francisco as the city to be blended with Tokyo because Los Angeles isn't a densely packed city, and New York is too common an epicenter for the Marvel comic world. San Francisco also has many distinctive features that aren't present in Los Angeles or New York.
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When Honey Lemon's supersuit is created, her purse displays a miniature version of the periodic table of the elements.
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The inflatable, vinyl, truly huggable design of Baymax is inspired by 'soft robotics' research at Carnegie Mellon University.
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Gogo is Disney's first Korean character. Lead character designer Shiyoon Kim drew upon his experience with 'tough' sister stereotypes while mixing it in with the bike messenger/trick culture of San Francisco.
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Hiro's nervous tic when he catches his reflection in the side of a building was actually derived from Ryan Potter's own body language in the recording booth. Potter said he was amazed when he saw this incorporated into the animation.
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Baymax's movement was so limited that the production studio codenamed it "UNimating".
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Jin Kim, the first Korean to become the top animator at Walt Disney Studios and character design supervisor for Big Hero 6, revealed that the lead characters, although they were later given Japanese names, were originally envisioned as Koreans.
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Hiro mentions that one of Callaghan's inventions is the Callaghan-Catmull Spline. The Catmull-Rom Spline is a mathematical construct used in computer modeling and animation to create a smooth connection between points or objects. The latter was co-invented by Pixar president Ed Catmull.
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HIDDEN MICKEY: The emblem of the make of the car driven by the heroes in the car chase midway through the movie is a stylized Mickey, consisting of 3 overlapping circles. (at around 47 mins)
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Like the Marvel movies, this film also has an end credit scene, although this movie is not connected with the same Cinematic Universe as the other current Marvel movies.
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Fred mentions that he likes to make movies about himself in a rubber suit stomping on boxes. This is a reference to his original power: the ability to transform into a giant monster that can stomp down houses.
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The character known as Wasabi No-Ginger had his last name officially dropped from the film, and is known simply as Wasabi.
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According to Jin Kim, When creating GoGo, Kim and his team originally thought of South Korean actress Doona Bae and then incorporated independent and athletic traits after Korean short track skaters.
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Honey Lemon is the only character who doesn't pronounces "Hiro" with an American accent.
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Hiro Hamada was born in 2018.
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The clock in Hiro's room is at the time 2:15 the entire movie.
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One of the few Disney Films that is partially owned by both Pixar and Marvel.
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The character name Krei appears to be a reference to the Cray Research Company which made the earliest supercomputers beginning in 1971.
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In I, Robot (2004), James Cromwell starred as Dr. Alfred Lanning, creator of the robot, Sonny, played by Alan Tudyk. In this film, Cromwell plays Dr. Robert Callaghan, the rival of Alistair Krei, also played by Tudyk.
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This is Alan Tudyk's third Disney movie in a row (Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Frozen (2013)).
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In the back of Fred's room is a display case with two mannequins wearing the costumes of two lesser Marvel comics super villains. The blue mannequin on the left is of the Sub-Mariner villain "Orka", and the chicken themed one on the right is that of the voodoo priest villain known as "Black Talon."
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Akuma Island was originally going to be an abandoned military base where Yokai was going to steal a nuclear submarine to power the Portal. At one point a monster called the Entity was going to emerge from the portal and lay waste to San Fransokyo. But eventually the production decided that the Portal's purpose is for teleportation only.
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In the opening bot battle, Hiro goes up against Yama, a very large man controlling a battle-bot. When Yama turns and shows his back, the Japanese character for "mountain" ("yama") is embroidered on his jacket, as a joke about his large, 'mountain-like' size.
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The words "Big Hero 6" are never spoken in the film.
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During the first flyover shot of the interior of the building where the SFTT showcase is being held, in the left hand corner characters resembling Steve Jobs and John Lasseter can be seen talking to a blonde woman with a pony tail. According to the Blu-ray's special features, the guy that looks like Steve Jobs is actually Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. To his left is John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar and executive producer of Big Hero 6, and on the right is the president of Disney Animation Studios Andrew Millstein.
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When Hiro receives the video message from his friends on his computer, you can see a Nintendo 8-bit controller on the desk under the screen.
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According to the Big Hero 6 art book, Mochi the cat was originally going to wear rocket pads on its paws. A cat that looks similar to Mochi wears rocket pads in the background at the science lab.
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On the Police Officer's desk in the police station, a photo of the woman from the pound in Bolt (2008), is seen in a picture frame.
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As Hiro stands on the steps talking with Aunt Cass about wings, right after shoving Baymax upstairs, there are pictures hanging up behind him on the wall. Over his left shoulder you can see Mochi the cat dressed as Stitch from Lilo & Stitch (2002).
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The wave shown during the end credits where the lighting supervisors are named, is a reference to a famous art work by Hokusai; The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
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The design of San Fransokyo was inspired by the cities featured in the films Akira (1988), Ghost in the Shell (1995), Tekkonkinkreet (2006), and the illustrations of Tadahiro Uesugi.
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Although the writer/creator think tank Man-Of-Action is credited for creating the team in the film (Duncan Rouleau & Steven T. Seagle specifically) the characters of Fred and Wasabi are co-creation of legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont & artist David Nakayama from their Big Hero 6 mini-series.
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There are multiple references to the short film Feast (2014), which is a special feature in the video, throughout the movie. Two "Adopt a dog today!" posters are seen in the overhead view of a street market at 30min:46sec, and at 44min:36sec, a graffiti version of the title Feast is shown on the alley wall as the Greek letter "phi" and "st" (pronounced "feast") with 4 paw prints and the parsley garnish featured predominantly in the short film.
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The look of the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology is based on the Presidio, due to its college-like atmosphere.
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Youtubers Dan Howell (Daniel Howell) and Philip Lester (amazingphil) have voice cameos as technicians #1 an #2 in the British version only in theaters.
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The bot battle takes place in an alley in what was once San Francisco. San Francisco was the first city to hold robot combat competitions.
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The Robotics Lab is based on architectural designs by Santiago Calatrava, Renzo Piano, & Shin Takamatsu.
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The green color scheme for Baymax's prototype suit is a reference to his comic book counterpart.
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According to Jin Kim, Baymax has a balloon-like face with eyes connected by a thin line that evokes the image of a 'moktak,' a wooden percussion instrument often used by Buddhist monks.
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During the montage of shots of Hiro in the garage creating the microbots, there is a brief shot of him using a laser pointer to play with Mochi the cat.
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When the six heroes enter Fred's big room for the first time, we can see on the left of the door a statue of Torpedo (the statue in the middle). Torpedo is an ex Marvel villain (mainly against Daredevil) and then hero (mainly alongside Rom Spaceknight). He's got a blue suit and turbines on his ankles and his wrists. His face is never shown in close-up. The last Torpedo, Brock Jones, died in battle against the Dire Wraiths, evil aliens enemies with Rom Spaceknight.
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The film might also draw inspiration from Big Hero 6's mini-series, where Wasabi and Fred first appeared, replacing Silver Samurai and others. Since Disney took Wasabi and Fred as characters of the film, it's likely that Disney also took inspiration from the series' setting: America. This can explain the creation of San Fransokyo.
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The Police Officer seems to be named after the man who voiced him, animator Daniel Gerson.
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In late 2014, an extended preview of Big Hero 6 (2014) was presented in 4D at Disneyland California in Tomorrowland's Magic Eye Theater, replacing Captain EO 2.0.
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The shirt Hiro is wearing bears an image of Baymax in his red battlesuit.
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This film became the thirteenth highest grossing Disney film, and it is also one of the 4 highest grossing Disney films that are not made by Pixar Animation Studios, The other 3 are: The Lion King (1994), Frozen (2013), and Zootopia (2016).
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The most challenging part of designing Baymax's super-suit was the wings.
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During the first twenty minutes of the movie, Tadashi's breathing is also animated.
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Aunt Cass watches a movie on TV in which a character maniacally repeats the words, "It's alive!" This is a reference to the cry of Dr. Frankenstein when his monster comes to life in the original Frankenstein (1931).
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One of the comics in Fred's collection is Marvel Premiere #32 (October 1976) featuring Monark Starstalker created by Howard Chaykin.
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When Hiro is unboxing Baymax's rocket fist at the end of the movie there is a McMaster Carr catalog on his bookshelf. McMaster Carr is an essential engineering resource.
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Disney and Pixar often implant a direct visual reference to their next planned films; there is a poster for Zootopia (2016) when Baymax and Hiro fly under the train tracks.
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Genesis Rodriguez, who voices Honey Lemon, also voiced her character in the Latin American Spanish version of the film.
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When Baymax is hugging Hiro before he contacted his friends, there is a round poster of "Yama" from the bot fight in the beginning of the film.
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In the credits of the movie, the painted poster on the train refers to a Japanese anime named Gundam.
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A wanted poster shows Hans from the film Frozen (2013).
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When the group is in Fred's room and all sitting on the couch, if you look above Wasabi's head you can see a statue of Sateen from Wreck-It Ralph (2012) in the display case.
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Baymax's charging station looks just like his final suit, but on a smaller scale.
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In the comics, the school Hiro attends is called the Tezuka Advanced Science Institute, after legendary manga artist Osamu Tezuka.
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In the car chase around the city, Wasabi screams "we are not gonna make it, we are not gonna make it! We made it!". This is a nod to the Disney World attraction "Dinosaur".
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Although being made by Disney, the characters from the film are from Marvel Comics.
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Two distinctly shaped shield emblems can be seen hanging on the wall during the post-credit scene. These shields are modeled after the faction insignias of the Alliance and the Horde from the MMO game World of Warcraft.
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The pencil cup from which Hiro draws a pen in Fred's room is the head of Orka, a Submariner villain who is also present in Fred's figure case.
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Among the visuals during the end credits is the so-called "Painted Ladies" row of Victorian houses located at 710 to 720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square park, as seen in the opening sequence of the TV show Full House (1987).
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Damon Wayans Jr., who voices Wasabi, had his first onscreen appearance as a child in another superhero film, Blankman (1994).
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The college lab window pays obvious homage to the design of a Pokemon ball. Pokemon was launched in Japan...which also reflects the setting for the entire movie, which is San Fransokyo.
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The second Walt Disney Animation Studios film to be win of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, after Frozen (2013).
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Big Hero 6 (2014) is only the second fully CGI film to be based on a comic strip. The first one was the Dreamworks Animation film Over the Hedge (2006), released eight years prior, and the third would be the 20th Century Fox animated film The Peanuts Movie (2015), released a year later.
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T.J. Miller's 2nd Animated Film of 2014, after How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014).
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James Cromwell also played a character named Callaghan in Salem's Lot (2004).
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This is the second robot-themed animation that features a brief sequence of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" that has nothing to do with its original use - Rocky III (1982). The first movie to do so was Robots (2005).
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In addition to the Marvel Comic it is based on the film shares similarities with the 80's Marvel title "Spitfire and the Troubleshooters". Like the film the comic was about a group of college students who fight crime and have superpowers due to special exo-suits. Also Baymax's red armor makes him look very similar to the title character Spitfire (which coincidentally was classified as a Man Amplified Experimental or M.A.X suit).
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This is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios feature to have the "Created and Produced at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Burbank, California" credit at the end.
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The actor who voices Hiro, Ryan Potter, would star in the Disney XD Series Lab Rats: Elite Force (2016) two years later.
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In Russia, the film is known as "City of Heroes".
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When Hiro blames Baymax's ruckus upstairs on Mochi, he tells Aunt Cass, "That darn cat!" His exclamation is identical to the title of two previous Disney releases: the original That Darn Cat! (1965) and its remake, That Darn Cat (1997).
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Hans from Frozen (2013) can be seen on the most wanted board at the police station.
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Walt Disney Animation Studios' twentieth film to not be a musical of characters breaking into songs 3 or more times at random moments after Bambi (1942) (which only had songs sung in the background), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) (which was simply a music-musical), The Rescuers (1977), The Black Cauldron (1985), The Great Mouse Detective (1986) (which was simply a music-musical), The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Tarzan (1999) (which only had songs sung in the background), Dinosaur (2000), The Emperor's New Groove (2000) (which had a musical-like sequence), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Lilo & Stitch (2002) (which only had songs sung in the background), Treasure Planet (2002), Brother Bear (2003) (which only had songs sung in the background), Home on the Range (2004) (which had a musical-like sequence), Chicken Little (2005), The Wild (2006), Meet the Robinsons (2007), Bolt (2008), and Wreck-It Ralph (2012).
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This film ends Walt Disney Animation Studios' 30 year streak of releasing each film every year, which began with The Black Cauldron (1985), films that had been scheduled for a 2015 and 2017 release date had been cancelled or moved/pushed back to a different year.
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In Frank's library an arcade cabinet titled "District 51" can be seen. This is a nod the the arcade shooter "Area 51."
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The sixth Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Dinosaur (2000), Bolt (2008), Tangled (2010), Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Frozen (2013).
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The third Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-animated film to be produced in 2.35:1, after Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Frozen (2013).
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The ninth Disney's animated film to be the winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, after Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), WALL·E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Brave (2012), and Frozen (2013).
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The fourth Walt Disney Animation Studios film of the 2010s to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Tangled (2010), Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Frozen (2013).
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James Cromwell's first animated film in 12 years since Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002).
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Hiro Hamada is the eighth protagonist of a Walt Disney Animation Studios film to lose a family member, whose death is caused by getting killed, after the title character of Bambi (1942), Tod in The Fox and the Hound (1981), Simba in The Lion King (1994), Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), the title character of Tarzan (1999), Aladar in Dinosaur (2000), and Kenai in Brother Bear (2003). This does not include Tiana in The Princess and the Frog (2009) as her father's death did not appear but was only mentioned.
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From the Creators of "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph".
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Alan Tudyk's second animated film involving superheroes after Astro Boy (2009).
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Walt Disney Animation Studios' second film to take place in a future timeline after Treasure Planet (2002).
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Hiro's cat is Mochi, named after a glutinous Japanese sweet rice cake.
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Professor Robert Callaghan's character and facial features were modeled after actor Philip Baker Hall.
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When Hiro does work on his computer to design the team's suits and show where the micro-bot headband is in the mask his moves resembles when Tony Stark designs his Iron Man armors.
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One of the few Walt Disney Animation Studios films to be associated with science-fiction, along with Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Lilo & Stitch (2002), Treasure Planet (2002), Chicken Little (2005), Meet the Robinsons (2007), Bolt (2008), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
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Disney's fifth computer-animated film released in November to not release in a Thanksgiving week after Monsters, Inc. (2001), The Incredibles (2004), Chicken Little (2005), and Wreck-It Ralph (2012).
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Walt Disney Animation Studios' tenth film to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board) after The Black Cauldron (1985), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Tarzan (1999), Dinosaur (2000), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Treasure Planet (2002), Chicken Little (2005), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), and Frozen (2013).
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Featured in "The A to Z of Superhero Movies: From Abar to ZsaZsa via the MCU", written by Rob Hill.
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Disney's 9th computer-animated film to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board) after Dinosaur (2000), The Incredibles (2004), Chicken Little (2005), Ratatouille (2007), Up (2009), Brave (2012), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), and Frozen (2013).
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Walt Disney Animation Studios' third film of the 2010s to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board) after Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Frozen (2013).
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The sixteenth theatrically released animated film released during the 21st century with a November release date outside of a Thanksgiving week after Rugrats in Paris; The Movie (2000), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Brother Bear (2003), The Incredibles (2004), The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004), Chicken Little (2005), Flushed Away (2006), Happy Feet (2006), Bee Movie (2007), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Megamind (2010), Happy Feet Two (2011), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), and Free Birds (2013).
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The final Disney animated feature film to involve Mel Shaw and Glen Keane respectively, Keane departed from the studio after the release of Frozen (2013) and during the production of this film and Mel Shaw passed away after the release of Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and during the production of this and Frozen (2013).
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The ninth Disney animated feature film to have a November release date outside of a Thanksgiving week after Fantasia (1940), Robin Hood (1973), Oliver & Company (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Brother Bear (2003), Chicken Little (2005), and Wreck-It Ralph (2012).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Baymax first tests out his new rocket fist in Fred's mansion, the statue that it destroys is a statue of Hans from Frozen (2013).
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In Fred's mansion, a portrait of Stan Lee, Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics, can be seen as Fred's dad (and in a post-credits scene). As in all Marvel-related movies, part of the contract was to feature him in some way.
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Big Hero 6 (2014) contains a large number of hidden "Easter eggs" from other Disney animated features: Hiro's cat, Mochi, is wearing a Stitch costume from Lilo & Stitch (2002) in the picture hanging in the stairway of his house. Hiro has a figure of Wreck-It Ralph (2012) on his computer monitor. The arcade game Sugar Rush is seen in an arcade. A digital billboard with a chicken on it could be a reference to Chicken Little (2005). At the police station, there is a wanted poster over the shoulder of the police officer that not only has Hans from Frozen (2013), but also one of the misdrawn pictures of Flynn Ryder from Tangled (2010). Stan Lee also make his obligatory Marvel cameo, not only in the family portrait, but also in the after-credits scene. Bolt (2008) can be seen in a picture (as noted above). Also the statue destroyed by Baymax's rocket fist is a statue of Prince Hans from Frozen (2013).
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Originally there were going to be more villains in the movie besides Yokai. One was a group called the Fujitas. According to the Big Hero 6 art book, they were going to be a trio of deadly Geisha women each possessing a different weapon with movements inspired by the movements of snakes or koi fish. The second villain was going to be a Japanese TV Talk Show Host named Mr. Sparkles who was a child-like man devoted to world conquest. The last was a group of jet pack flying pilots called the Banzai Bombers.
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In Hiro's bot fight against Yama, Megabot (Hiro's robot) is seen removing the arm of Yama's robot, using it to cause Yama's bot to attack itself. Then Megabot is seen punching Yama's bot rapidly in the head. This resembles the scenes in The Incredibles (2004), in which Syndrome's robot is destroyed by its own arm, and the scene where Dash punches a villain in the face rapidly.
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In the final scene of the movie, when Hiro puts the robotic hand on his shelf, there is a large yellow book on top of the shelf with the name "McMaster-Carr" on the spine. Mcmaster-Carr is a supply house with a catalog of over 550,000 electrical, hardware, mechanical and other products. The annual catalog is yellow, and the 2014 edition is nearly 4,000 pages long.
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Throughout the end credits, news articles show the future of Hiro and the rest of the team.
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In True Marvel Fashion, Stan Lee appears in a post credits scene with his son Fred, as well as on pictures in Fred's house.
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One of the life-sized models in Fred's room is the Sleepwalker. Sleepwalker is a Marvel Comic that ran for 33 issues from 1991-1994. The Mindscape from which Sleepwalker hails strongly resembles the ethereal plane on the other side of the portal where Abigail Callaghan is trapped.
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In the first scene in the college lab, each one of the main characters are working on something that helps them in the battles in this movie. Gogo is making a speedy bike which later is added to her suit to make her faster, Wasabi is working on lasers which get turned into his arm blades, Honey is working on chemical orbs which later become her main weapon, and Fred shows his sign spinning which aides him in the final battle.
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This is the second time James Cromwell has played a character who invented the 3 laws of robotics, previously in I, Robot (2004). In fact, the plots of the two films are quite similar. An army of seemingly benign robots are hijacked by an unknown 3rd party. A 'big brother' of the hero is killed early in the movie, leaving him a robot companion. The unknown 3rd party then uses their robot army in order to gain power and take over the city. The hero and his robot companion slowly discover that this 3rd party is not who they originally suspected and is in fact someone they met early in the story but thought nothing of. Some of the character roles are switched around but the plots are very similar.
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Early on in the film, when Hiro is struggling for ideas for the showcase, Tadashi tells him to "look for a new angle." During the film's climax, when it appears that the gang is about to be defeated by the Microbots, Hiro tells them to "look for a new angle."
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This movie bears several similarities to the movie Demolition Man: both take place in the year 2032, the location is a mix of San Francisco mixed with another city (San Fransokyo in this, San Angeles in Demolition Man) after a major earthquake, both are futuristic, both have an older good guy character who turns out to be the villain (Callaghan and Raymond Cocteau), and both have a character that was "downloaded" with karate (Baymax in this, Simon Phoenix in Demolition Man).
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