By Beth Deitchman
If you left your heart in San Fransokyo, there’s cause for celebration this morning: The adventures of 14-year-old tech whiz Hiro Hamada; his best friend, the huggable healthcare robot Baymax; and the rest of their superhero team continue on Saturday, June 9, when Big Hero 6 The Series launches with a premiere weekend event. Back-to-back episodes air Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10 (9 a.m. EDT/PDT) on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney Channel VOD platforms; with brand-new episodes continuing to debut every Saturday through September.
“The Big Hero 6 The Series crew has been busy cooking up exciting new adventures for Hiro, his best friend Baymax, and the rest of the Big Hero 6 team as they continue their journey together in San Fransokyo. We cannot wait for the audience to come along for the fast and funny ride,” said executive producers Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, who also created the early-aughts fan-fave Kim Possible.
Joining McCorkle and Schooley for this new ride are some familiar names (and voices): Nick Filippi, who is executive producer and supervising director for Big Hero 6 The Series, was a member of the Kim Possible creative team. And Emmy®-nominated actor Christy Carlson Romano—Kim Possible herself—will guest star as bot-fighter Trina.
Keep an ear out for a host of guest voices, including celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Alton Brown, who lend their voices to cooking competition participant Bolton Gramercy and host Yum Laboughé, respectively; Daniel Henney (Criminal Minds) and James Cromwell (The Young Pope), who reprise their roles from the Big Hero 6 feature film as Hiro’s brother, Tadashi, and Professor Callaghan, respectively; Susan Sullivan (Castle) as Fred’s mother; John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect) as Mini-Max, Fred’s sidekick robot; Diedrich Bader (American Housewife) as pompous local TV reporter Bluff Dunder; Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) as Fred’s geeky archrival Richardson Mole; Naoko Mori (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) as thief-for-hire Momakase; Lucas Neff (Raising Hope) as fast-food mascot Noodle Burger Boy; and Mara Wilson (Matilda) as self-made billionaire Liv Amara.
Big Hero 6 The Series finds Hiro balancing life at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, where he faces both academic challenges and social trials as the new prodigy, with the high-tech adventures he embarks upon with Baymax, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred. As the Big Hero 6, the superhero team protects San Fransokyo from an array of scientifically enhanced villains. Maya Rudolph lends her voice to Aunt Cass; Ryan Potter voices Hiro; Scott Adsit is Baymax; Jamie Ching is Go Go; Alan Tudyk is Alistair Krei; Khary Payton is Wasabi; Genesis Rodriguez is Honey Lemon; and Brooks Wheelan is Fred. Additional members of the series’ voice cast include David Shaughnessy as Heathcliff and Marvel Comics legend—and Disney Legend—Stan Lee as Fred’s dad.
Leading up to the June 9 premiere, Baymax will appear in shorts that debut across Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney Channel YouTube. Look for a line of products available on shopDisney.com on May 1, at Disney store on June 1, and at retailers nationwide on July 1; as well as a DVD from The Walt Disney Studios to be released on June 26.