“Baymax”: the spin-off of “Big Hero 6” makes the inflatable robot a health hero


In the six-episode series, Baymax helps people with physical ailments while helping them overcome emotional obstacles.


Baymax is getting its own animated series – the first Disney+ series from Disney’s animation unit – and it’s a far cry from its superhero antics in the feature “Big Hero 6” and previous animated spin-off series. “Bamax! (streaming Wednesday) finds the affable inflatable robot (voiced by Scott Adsit) returning to his original lineup as a healthcare companion in San Fransokyo. In the six short episodes, he helps people with physical ailments while helping them overcome emotional obstacles.

“What I thought we could do with the show is actually just focus on Baymax and one patient at a time,” creator Don Hall said during a virtual press conference earlier this week. . Seeking a different perspective for “Baymax!”, the Oscar-winning director of “Big Hero 6,” “Moana” and the upcoming “Strange World” looked back on television’s past. “I remembered as a kid watching medical procedures where [in each] episode, there is a patient who has something, and the compassionate doctors end up curing that patient,” he said.

Writer Cirocco Dunlap (“Russian Doll,” “Big Mouth,” and “Man Seeking Woman”) focused the seven- to eight-minute episodes on people who are initially resistant to using Baymax, but are influenced by his spirit and his compassion. “It’s so fun to write because it says exactly what’s going on,” she said in the production notes. “There is no human nuance or reasoning behind it.”

The episodes range from Hiro’s (Ryan Potter) Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph) spraining her ankle but refusing to take a break from running the Lucky Cat Café to a cuddle involving a hungry cat and earphone that ends in a cliffhanger that makes Baymax the patient. Adsit said he was touched by the episode in which middle schooler Sofia (Lilimar Hernandez) has her first period as she prepares for a talent show, which leads him to hide in the classroom. bath while Baymax gives her an assortment of tampons. “[She] doesn’t know if she’s ready to take that leap into adulthood, and Baymax is here to help her understand that change is good and not to be afraid of it,” he said. .

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“Bamax! ran for three years, its production centering around feature films such as “Raya and the Last Dragon” (co-directed by Hall with Carlos López Estrada) and “Encanto”. It also took some getting used to on Disney+: although the sets and characters from “Big Hero 6” could be reused, many years passed between the end of the film and the start of work on “Baymax “, and the animation team had to make it work in their current pipeline. The Disney+ series moved away from the heightened reality of functionality in favor of a more grounded and streamlined look, in keeping with Baymax’s new role as a healthcare companion.

“It’s a [wonderful] opportunity for storytellers because we are able to discover new formats,” said producer Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6,” “Strange World”). “It was new territory for a lot of us. We usually work on 90-minute films and we iterate and iterate and iterate for four to five years. And, in that, we did the same number of iterations , but because the structure is so small in comparison, and we also have six episodes at the same time, we were able to take each of these little gems and polish them.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney Animation Studios is bringing the following animated series to Disney+: “Zootopia+” (November 9), an anthology focusing on different characters and styles; “Iwájú” (2023), the studio’s first African series, co-produced by Kugali, is set in futuristic Lagos, Nigeria; Tiana,” based on the star of “The Princess and the Frog” (2023); and “Moana” (2024).

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