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|Subject: Disney/Pixar Chief John Lasseter Says There's No Rift With Marvel Over Big Hero 6 Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:00 am|| |
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- At a screening of 25 minutes of footage from Disney Animation's Big Hero 6, Disney-Pixar CCO John Lasseter addressed the notion of a rift between the Mouse House and Marvel over the comic book-based film, and proceeded to dispel that rumor. Marvel branding has been conspicuously absent from the posters and trailers for Big Hero 6, while Marvel Studios has also not mentioned the animated movie during any of its press events.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lasseter says Disney "worked very closely with Marvel," even though the animated feature "was made 100 percent here in the Walt Disney Animation Studio." Lasseter reassures cynics that "We have a fantastic relationship to [Marvel]," which Disney acquired in 2009 for $4.24 billion.
The screening was held for Oscar bloggers, which says something about Disney's confidence in the film's potential for awards -- likely to run against DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon 2. Most recently, the company's mega-hit Frozen won the Oscar for Best Animated Film, and went on to become the highest-grossing animated feature.
"This studio is on fire," touts Lasseter, who goes on to say that while they've been "creating new classic Disney films," Big Hero 6 is a different approach -- an action-comedy-adventure that follows a boy's relationship with his robot. He calls the film "a simple story" with "emotional heart." While the flick is adapting an original Marvel comic, Lasseter confirms that the story is "basically remade."
Producer Roy Conli (Tangled) stresses that the feature is not yet done (it will be in six weeks), and until then, "The entire studio is up there finishing this," in reference to the studio above the screening room.
Despite the film still being a rough cut, THR indicates that the audience was generally very impressed with the footage, which showcases "Disney's new high-powered, patented rendering system, which produces images of a greater photo-realistic quality," superior to previous animated films.
Big Hero 6 rockets into theatres November 7.