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Here are some fun facts:
- Baymax is 6 feet tall and 75 pounds—until Hiro mechs him out. Baymax, in his super suit, is more than 7 feet tall and can lift 1000 pounds. “He’s all air,” says head of animation Zach Parrish.
- Artists looked at actors like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Gary Cooper and other cowboys to study cool, emotionally reserved traits while developing GoGo Tomago’s look and personality.
- Ryan Potter, who voices Hiro in “Big Hero 6,” was obsessed with building robots as a kid. “I was 9 or 10 when I got a robotics kit,” he says. “I absolutely love science.”
- As a child, Damon Wayans Jr., who provides the voice of Wasabi, wanted to be an animator when he grew up. He even studied animation after graduating high school before he decided to pursue acting.
- The “Big Hero 6” animation team topped 100 members (103, to be exact). That’s about 15 more animators than 2013’s feature film “Frozen.”
- Walt Disney Animation Studios’ proprietary system Denizen allowed filmmakers to create bigger, more believable crowds for “Big Hero 6.” created around 670 unique characters, compared to 270 in “Frozen,” 185 in “Wreck-It Ralph” and 80 in “Tangled.”
We’ve already discussed how much fun looking for Hidden Mickey’s can be, but did you know that the very best place to find them is at Rafiki’s Planet Watch inside Animal Kingdom? From the time you enter, and all the way back to Conservation Station, there are over 100 hiding along the walkways, in the gardens, and inside the building. The entryway of Conservation Station is adorned with huge murals of animals, and there are tons of Hidden Mickey’s hidden there. This is the perfect place to let your kids look awhile…while mom and Dad take a break
Rafiki’s Planet Watch is just a quick ride on the Wildlife Express Train, which departs from the Harambe railway station in Africa. The trip takes about seven minutes, and I always find it thoroughly relaxing. You’ll see some of the backstage areas and holding houses for the animals along the way.
Go here to read more about Hidden Mickey’s and who’s responsible for starting the tradition. And if want to start the Hidden Mickey tradition with your family, I highly suggest grabbing the the official book (it’s less than $10).
Be sure you’re following my daughter’s Disney blog. She is doing a professional internship there for the rest of the year and posts all kinds of fun, informative things…and lots of pictures!
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If your kiddos are obsessed with Disney’s Frozen, hurry over and check out this HUGE sale over at Zulily! Save up to 60% off everything from toys to apparel. Just type “frozen” into the search bar to find all the items on sale.
Since there are so many items on sale, the easiest way to browse is to go the the specific category you’re shopping for (girls, boys, toys, etc…).
There are a lot of new products that I’ve never seen before, so be sure to check it out if your little ones love Frozen! My granddaughter has outgrown all of her coats, so I picked up this hoodie for her. It was only $17.99, marked down from $35. She’ll love that all three of her favorite characters are on it!