Streaming exclusively on Disney+ on June 29, the all-new series of healthcare capers returns to the fantastical city of San Fransokyo where the affable, inflatable, inimitable healthcare companion robot, Baymax, sets out to do what he was programmed to do: help others. “I thought it would be fun to do a Disney+ series with Baymax interacting with normal folks,” said series creator Don Hall, who helmed 2014’s Oscar®-winning film Big Hero 6. “In each of our six episodes, Baymax just wants to help someone—and a lot of times they don’t want to be helped. He sets out to fix a physical issue that he’s identified, and in the process, gets to a deeper, more emotional place and can be almost transformative in that role.”
Baymax! is produced by Roy Conli and Bradford Simonsen. The series’ episodes are directed by Dean Wellins (Eps 1, 2, 6), Lissa Treiman (Ep 3), Dan Abraham (Ep 4) and Mark Kennedy (Ep 5). Screenwriter is Cirocco Dunlap. Scott Adsit returns as the voice of Baymax. Voice talent featured in episodes include Ryan Potter, Maya Rudolph, Emily Kuroda, Lilimar, Zeno Robinson and Jaboukie Young-White. (synopsis (c) Walt Disney Animation Studios / YouTube)
I watch a lot of animation – sure, I use the excuse of taking my nieces and nephews out to the movies, which they and I LOVE but truth is I’d watch these films anyway – and I enjoy all of them to one degree or another.
But when I saw Big Hero 6 back in 2014, I absolutely fell in love with Baymax, a medical robot whose level of care for people was, um, gorgeously enthusiastic.
He wasn’t very good at boundaries but that made him all the more loveable, though those he was trying to help likely saw it differently.
Now he’s back doing what he intrusively but caringly does best in Baymax!, the second series after Big Hero 6 last year, to spring forth from the 2014 film, and the good news is he seems to be as hilariously full forward as ever.
Which, of course, I’m going to LOVE this new series because how can you not love Baymax being his sweet, cute, unstoppable self?
The six-episode series of Baymax! begins streaming 29 June with one episode released per week until 3 August.