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Disney announced Thursday the original voice cast of hit movie Big Hero 6 will be featured on the 2017 Disney XD series, according to published reports. According to TV Insider, the new series will feature many of the original voice actors and some well-known guest actors on the as well.
Ryan Potter will star again as the hero Hiro, Maya Rudolph will continue in her role as Aunt Cass, Jamie Chung will again play Go Go, and Scott Adsit will return as fan favorite Baymax. Other actors from the original film who will reprise their voice roles include Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei, Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon, David Shaughnessy as Heathcliff, and the legendary Stan Lee as Fred’s dad.
TV Insider also reported on the Big Hero 6 series in 2017 you can expect to hear guest voices from Blackish‘s Jenifer Lewis, Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott, as well as comedian Andy Richter performing on the series. Other well-known guest voice actors are set to be featured on the series as well, though they have not been officially announced.
The new Disney XD series will take place after the events of the original film. Big Hero 6 was a blockbuster for Disney in 2014, earning $657 million dollars at the box office as the highest-grossing animated feature that year and won an Oscar for best animated picture. The movie was based on the Marvel comic book characters of the same name, created in 1998 by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau.
The original comic book series, the movie, and now the new cartoon series for Big Hero 6 all follow the adventures of teenage hero Hiro and his robot partner Baymax, as they and their friends protect Tokyo (now San Fransokyo in the movie and cartoon) from high technology threats. Along with a life of adventure, Hiro also faces the typical challenges of developing adolescence.
“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.” Disney announced in a March press release.
“Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters,” says Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, also back in March. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world-class animated series – full of fun, action and the kind of endearing storytelling that only Mark, Bob – and Baymax – can deliver.”
The new Big Hero 6 cartoon is set to air on Disney XD beginning some time in 2017. Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley (Kim Possible) will co-executive produce. No additional information about the number of episodes or the specific premiere date have been released.