12 Things You Didn’t Know About Big Hero 6

February 7, 2016 , ,

You may not have graduated high school at 14 years old, but you’ll feel like a genius after reading this Big Hero 6 trivia. Get ready to shake things up and use that big brain of yours to learn something new!

1. Marvel’s Big Hero 6 comic books were around for 10 years before Big Hero 6 hit theatres.


During this time only 13 issues were released. We can’t imagine getting only 1.3 issues a year. What is .3 of an issue?

2. Baymax’s motions are modeled after baby penguins.


You heard us. Baby. Penguins. It doesn’t get more huggable than that. Notice how he shuffles his feet and keeps his arms straight on his sides. Baymax definitely waddles.

3. Fred’s room was designed to be a “nerd’s paradise.”


Director Don Hall even said, “We basically took the average cubicle here at Disney and multiplied it by a thousand.” Don Hall just called us nerds.  We’re okay with that. It’s also where you can find some cool Big Hero 6 Easter eggs.

4. The Big Hero 6 universe is a little “wonky.”


Nothing stands perfectly straight in San Fransokyo. Everything is offset just a little bit to give the world a lived-in feel. You can also spot this technique in One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

5. Baymax’s huggable design was inspired by a real robot.


Dr. Christopher Atkeson, a professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, showed animators an inflatable vinyl arm being developed for health-care needs. The “huggable” idea came from visual development artist Lisa Keene. You’re the best, Lisa.

6. Over 200 signs were designed for San Fransokyo.


If you tried to look for surprises in every single sign in San Fransokyo while watching the movie in theatres but couldn’t quite keep up, it’s totally okay. We couldn’t either. You’re officially invited to our frame-by-frame-movie-watching party.

7. Honey Lemon, Wasabi, and Go Go almost had their own booths at the science fair.


Each booth would’ve showcased tech that would later tie in to their superpower: a chemical barista station, disinfectant gloves, and a super-fast bike with magnetic wheels. We wonder what Fred would be doing during all this. Maybe a make-your-own invisible sandwich bar?

8. The nerd lab (AKA robotics lab) was laid out like a real functioning robotics lab.


Like the ones at MIT, Art Center in Pasadena, Caltech, and JPL. Animators really did their research! Note: these labs may or may not have had soccer balls in them.

9. There are fractals in Big Hero 6.


No, they aren’t frozen. Michael Kaschalk, head of FX animation, wanted to use fractal patterns (infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales) inside the portal. You know, those big globby shapes that remind some of us of bubble gum. Those are fractals. Elsa has some colorful competition.

10. You can thank Kendelle Hoyer for Mochi’s existence.


Kendelle worked as a story artist on Big Hero 6 and felt that Hiro and Tadashi’s family needed a pet. Her solution: drawing a cat in all of her storyboards. Mochi eventually moved the entire way through the pipeline and became real! The dreams that you doodle really do come true.

11. Tomago means “egg” in Japanese.


Sushi-eating and Japanese-speaking fans are already aware of this. It’s also why Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist, wanted Go Go’s supersuit to be yellow… like an egg. It’s pretty egg-celent. (We couldn’t resist.)

12. San Fransokyo Institute of Technology draws inspiration from the Presidio in San Francisco.


It’s a park and former military base with a college-like atmosphere. It’s also the headquarters of Lucasfilm! Definitely not a school. We’d study there anyways.

Isn’t science cool? Maybe this is “not science” but it’s all true, and that’s good enough for us! We’re still holding out for that invisible sandwich though. Now go forth and share this knowledge with the heroes in your life. You can learn more Big Hero 6 trivia  when the film comes to Blu-ray February 24! (It’s already available on Digital HD.)

Which Big Hero 6 trivia was your favorite? Tell us in the comments!


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