With the 2 highest-grossing movies of 2014, Marvel has definitely found movie magic with its live-action films. So it was only a matter of time before some of its other properties received the movie treatment but in animated form considering the highest-grossing movie of 2013 was Disney’s Frozen. Enter Big Hero 6, an upcoming Disney movie loosely based on the Marvel comics of the same name about a teen, Hiro Hamada, and his robot Baymax. It’s set in the fictional city of San Fransokyo, which you can guess from its name is a hybrid of Tokyo and San Francisco. Hiro is just the typical teen, well, one with a genius-level intellect and a plus-sized robot but his life changes forever when Yokai, a criminal mastermind attempts to destroy San Fransokyo. Hiro is unable to defeat Yokai on his own so he recruits 4 of his friends, Honey Lemon, GoGo Tomago, Wasabi, and Fred, to join them, and together they form the team, Big Hero 6.
Win a Mega Sweet Trip
However, Disney isn’t just stopping with the movie as they’ve teamed up with XPRIZE to launch a video contest, the XPRIZE Challenge, in the spirit of the creativity of the characters in Big Hero 6. All children between ages 8 and 17 are welcome to enter this contest as XPRIZE seeks to find the real-life counterparts to the 6 heroes. The purpose is to encourage adolescents to think critically about the problems in their local communities or in the world, and come up with unique ideas to answer the question, “What one problem would you tackle to change the world and how would you do it?” This is in line with the STEAM philosophy, which encourages the use of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math to view the real world as interwoven and complex.
The Big Hero 6 XPRIZE Challenge Inspires Creativity
Yes, it’s educational but the fun is in the creativity and the prize is amazing. The six winners receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to attend the Hollywood premiere in early November. And it’ll be in glorious fashion as winners will walk the red carpet, meet the creative teams behind the movie at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and be a part of a special “Visioneering” experience at XPRIZE. The contest is divided into two age groups, 8 to 12, and 13 to 17, and 3 winners from each age group will be selected. The contest is open now for submissions until October 12, 2014, so enter at the official site. And here are the official rules.
It was also recently announced that there will be an exclusive look at Big Hero 6 at New York Comic-Con, which runs from October 9th through 12th at the Javits Center. Directors Don Hall, Chris Williams, and Producer Roy Conli will be hosting the panel with special guests. I’m attending NYCC this year and this is one panel I will be attending. Big Hero 6 is set to be released on November 7th. For now, enjoy the trailer below: