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Disney's ‘Big Hero 6’ Gets Anime Short by Tekken

Disney introduces its latest animated feature, ‘Big Hero 6,’ in Japan with a music video animated by Japanese entertainer Takefumi Kurashina, known for his emotional flip-book-style anime shorts.

Disney is introducing its latest animated feature, Big Hero 6, in Japan with a music video animated by Japanese entertainer Takefumi Kurashina.

Better known as Tekken, Kurashina is celebrated for his emotional flip-book-style anime shorts. He gained famed with Pendulum, a manga "flip book" animation with over 1,620 images drawn by hand. This latest short features the song "Story" by pop singer AI.

The Marvel-inspired Big Hero 6 revolves around Hiro, a 14-year-old boy who loses his brother Tadashi in a mysterious accident, and Baymax, a personal healthcare companion robot developed by Tadashi. The story is set in San Fransokyo, a fictional city that combines the imagery of San Francisco and Tokyo.

Inspired by the film, Tekken created this promotional video about the bond between the two brothers, and the literal and figurative healing Baymax gives Hiro.

According to Anime News Network, the movie's producer Roy Conli said that he loves Tekken's flip-book animation. Conli reportedly discussed working with Tekken several times, and he lauded the final work as truly marvelous. Big Hero 6's directors Don Hall and Chris Williams said they were quite taken by the short, calling it very “cute and kawaii.”

Big Hero 6 opened in North America on November 7, and will open in Japan on December 20.

(via Kotaku)

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.