With the 2017 iteration of the biennial D23 Disney Fan Club Expo finally winding down at the start of this week, a lot of surprises have been sprung on the general Disney fan-base crowd. New video games, new films both live and animated, and also sequels to past films of the animated Disney Canon were featured.

While some sequels take the form of more films like “Ralph Breaks the Internet”, the 2018 follow-up to 2012’s “Wreck-It-Ralph”, others take the format of animated series on either the Disney Channel or Disney XD. “Tangled” has already led the charge on this angle, and following soon are the further adventures of Baymax the healthcare robot and friends in “Big Hero 6: The Series.”

Opening teaser

In a new offering from Disney Television Animation, “Big Hero 6” the 2014 Oscar-winning animated film inspired by a Marvel Comics limited series will continue its story in a new 2D animated series.

It will be premiering on Disney XD, which is already a red-hot cable channel on account of the similarly upcoming “DuckTales” reboot series. The show will follow young robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and his partner the inflatable care robot Baymax, along with their Gadgeteer friends as they fight crime in the futuristic portmanteau city of San Fransokyo.

Big Hero 6” was announced at the D23 expo along with a sneak preview of its title sequence and the new original bad guys the high-tech hero team will be facing against following their first big outing in the film. According to the accompanying promotional blurb, the narrative will pick up shortly after the events of the 2014 movie, with Hiro trying to find a balance between being a superhero in his neighborhood and studying as a robotics prodigy at his late brother’s technical school, as well as getting along with his markedly older circle of friends and fellow heroes.

Returning talents, new production team

Taking up the duties of the film team led by directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, the “Big Hero 6” series will be in the hands of show-runners Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, co-creators of the long-concluded “Kim Possible” animated series on the Disney Channel. In the same vein as the new “DuckTales” show, “Big Hero 6” is already green-lighted for a second season even before the first one goes on air.

As a bonus to fans of the original film, most of the original “Big Hero 6” voice cast will be available to reprise their roles for the sequel series. Furthermore, Marvel Comics chairman emeritus Stan Lee will be portraying a recurring role expanded from his cameo at the end of the movie.