Oscars 2015: ‘Big Hero 6' continues winning Disney tradition

‘Big Hero 6' winners
Roy Conli, left, Don Hall and Chris Williams accept the animated feature film Oscar for “Big Hero 6.”
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Disney extended its Oscar dominance in the animated feature category with a win for “Big Hero 6,” the futuristic movie about a young boy who loses his brother but finds friendship with a robot.

“Our biggest challenge is always story,” Roy Conli, one of the movie’s producers, said backstage at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. “The story is the ultimate thing you try to tackle.”

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The “Big Hero 6" filmmakers are all Disney veterans.


“We’ve all been at Disney for about 20 years,"  said Chris Williams, who co-directed the movie.

Disney/Pixar has taken the majority of awards in the animated category since the academy created it for movies released in 2001. The wins include “Frozen” (2013) and “Brave” (2012), as well as “Toy Story 3" (2010), “Up” (2009), “Wall-E” (2008), “Ratatouille” (2007), “The Incredibles” (2004) and “Finding Nemo” (2003).

Don Hall, who co-directed “Big Hero 6,” cited the Disney influence on his development. Seeing a re-release of “Pinocchio” when he was young “made me a better boy and hopefully made me a better man,” he said.

“Big Hero 6,” which incorporates elements of the Marvel Comics universe, tells the “story about grief and loss ... and trying to reconcile that with a superhero story,” Conli said. “Baymax [the cuddly “soft robot”] was the character who linked those two stories.”


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