Disney Animation's John Lasseter On Marvel's BIG HERO 6 And Possible STAR WARS Features
Commenting on Disney's upcoming "loose" animated adaptation of Marvel's Big Hero 6, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios chief John Lasseter also discusses the possibility of a Star Wars movie being developed by either company.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly ahead of D23 (which kicks off tomorrow) Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios boss John Lasseter talks about the studio's upcoming animated slate. He discusses Frozen, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur and confirms that no hand drawn features are in development. His comments on those can be read by clicking the source link below (as well as new images), but he also discusses Disney's first animated Marvel movie: Big Hero 6, which is based on an obscure Japanese miniseries. Lasseter says that the animated feature (which is scheduled for a November 7th, 2014 theatrical release) is a loose adaptation and that it's more of a Disney Animation film than a Marvel film. "It’s based upon a very short series of comic books and it’s six comic books. They’re out of the Marvel universe, but more of a Japanese manga style. We’re creating something based upon that so it’s really a Disney Animation production. A loose adaptation — like all adaptations are. They almost have to be."
Talk inevitably turned to Star Wars, which was purchased by Disney in its Lucasfilm acquisition last year. Despite Pixar starting out as the graphics division for Lucasfilm, Lasseter says not to expect them to develop an animated feature set in a galaxy far, far away. "Not really, other than Pixar has always used Skywalker Sound for all of our productions. They’re the best so we’ll always continue using them and we’re very good friends. And we always have been with [special effects house Industrial Light and Magic] as well. But other than being friends we have never needed to do anything with them. But we’re also massive Star Wars fans so we’re all very excited, as is everybody around the world, for new Star Wars films." In response to rumors that Gary Rydstrom is attached to direct an animated movie for Lucasfilm, Lasseter said that it stays entirely under Lucasfilm. Do you want to see a Star Wars feature or more Marvel from Disney Animation and/or Pixar?
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