With the release of Disney’s first joint animated venture with Marvel, Big Hero 6, fast approaching, there are some key questions fans want answers to. But one of the most important ones concerns the propriety of the relationship between the film’s two main faces: Hiro and Baymax. During this year’s New York Comic Con, voice actors Ryan Potter [Hiro] and Scott Adsit [Baymax] took a moment to address the evolution of Baymax’s importance to the film, the Tony Stark-esque nature highlighted in Hiro’s presentation, and what it was like to improvise on the film during production.
“I would actually like to see which one is potentially smarter,” said star Potter, in regards to Hiro’s Tony Stark-like vibe in the film. “Tony’s got experience, but Hiro’s really quick. I mean, he’s obviously a genius. But, he’s a good kid at heart, and I don’t know who would potentially be smarter, but Hiro’s definitely got a young Tony Stark goin’ for him.” Of course, Potter was quick to explain that research was done for his role in the film, explaining, “Actually, I had the original Big Hero 6 comic books before I even went and auditioned, but after I went I picked up more of them because Big Hero 6 actually has a guest spot in [a Spider-Man issue], so I have them all. I’ve collected and read them all.”
“When Scott does an improvised line, he goes ‘All right, I’m gonna give you guys an all.’ I didn’t realize I was supposed to do that,” said Potter, concerning the voice cast’s pension for improvisation during recording, “I would say my line, then just fire off a bunch more and go ‘Okay, good, we got it.’” “[I know] it sounds like a hokey actor thing to say,” the actor continued, “but every single day I went in, it was just a phenomenal film to work on, and the crew was amazing. I mean I just went in and had fun, it didn’t feel like work. There were moments where it is hard work, but every moment was just a lot of fun.”
With Big Hero 6, it’s hard to argue that marshmallow shaped robot, Baymax, has become the film’s mascot of sorts. “I think it kind of shifted,” said Adsit, concerning what he believed the importance of Baymax’s role was in the film. “I think it was meant to be all about the superheroes, and the more they got into writing it, the more they found they were gravitating toward the relationship between Hiro and Baymax. Baymax really kind of caught on with test audiences, and so he kind of became the center of the film in a way. Although, there are many different facets to the feature, and the team is half of what the story’s about. The other half is Hiro overcoming some grief, and Baymax helping him through that. But then [the film] expands out into the six of them and becomes really exciting.”
One of the most prominent examples of Baymax’s charm comes in the form of a clip played in many of the marketing materials featuring the famed robot suffering from a low battery, and on the verge of drunken-like behavior. When asked how the widely well-received moment came to be, Adsit stated, “It was something they thought of about halfway through the process, it wasn’t in the original script. I walked into the booth and they said, ‘We’re gonna try a thing where Baymax loses power, and his battery goes low, and that effect is, essentially, he’s drunk, so do whatever you want.’ And the thing that surprised me most was, I said, ‘So, how robotic is my drunkness?’ And they said, ‘No, no, no, just be drunk.’” Responding to whether or not Adsit came up with “hairy baby,” the actor claimed, “No, that was theirs. I won’t take credit for it.”
Big Hero 6 hits theaters November 7, 2014.