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'Big Hero 6' TV series will premiere in 2017

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Disney has announced that production has begun for an animated "Big Hero 6" TV series that will follow the continuing adventures of Hiro, Baymax and the rest of the high-tech superhero team.

Based on the Marvel comic series, Disney's 2014 film introduced the world to the eponymous Big Hero 6, a team comprising Hiro Hamada, a 14-year-old robotics genius; Baymax, the inflatable heathcare companion created by Hiro's brother Tadashi; as well as Tadashi's university friends Go Go, Honey Lemon, Wasabi and Fred. 

The compassionate and huggable Baymax became a fan favorite and the film went on to win the 2015 Academy Award for animated feature

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While the superhero team's origin story involves Tadashi's tragic death, the end of the film sees Hiro and his friends united to carry on Tadashi's dream of helping people. 

According to Disney, the animated series will pick up immediately following the events of the film. Hiro has joined Go Go, Honey Lemon, Wasabi and Fred as a student at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and must navigate new academic challenges as well as social trials of being the new young prodigy on campus. That's all while also protecting the city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains with his teammates.

"Kim Possible" creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley have been announced as the executive producers for the "Big Hero 6" series. Joining the creative team is another "Kim Possible" alumnus Nick Filippi, who will serve as executive producer and supervising director. 

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world class animated series -- full of fun, action and the kind of endearing storytelling that only Mark, Bob -- and  Baymax -- can deliver," said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide in the announcement. 

"Big Hero 6" is scheduled for a 2017 premiere on Disney XD. 

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