8:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Disney XD's 'Big Hero 6: The Series' Gets Season 2 Order Ahead of Premiere
Disney XD has given a second-season order to Big Hero 6: The Series ahead of its series premiere in the fall.
Maya Rudolph, Jamie Chung and Stan Lee are among the Big Hero 6 voice cast members set to reprise their roles for the series, which is based on Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2014 feature film inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name. Rudolph stars as Aunt Cass, Chung as speed genius Go Go and Stan Lee as Fred's dad.
Other original voice cast set to reprise their roles are Scott Adsit as huggable robot Baymax, Alan Tudyk as tech guru Alistair Krei, Ryan Potter as tech genius Hiro, Genesis Rodriguez as quirky scientist Honey Lemon and David Shaughnessy as butler Heathcliff.
In addition, Khary Payton (The Lion Guard) has joined as control freak Wasabi (voiced by Damon Wayans Jr. in the movie), and Brooks Wheelan (Saturday Night Live) will play fanboy Fred (voiced by T.J. Miller in the movie).
The series, which picks up immediately following the events of the film, continues the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old Hiro and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax. Along with their friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred, they form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 and embark on high-tech adventures as they protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains.
In his normal day-to-day life, Hiro faces daunting academic challenges and social trials as the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.
Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nick Filippi, the team behind the Disney Channel series Kim Possible, are executive producers of the series. Filippi also serves as supervising director for the Disney Television Animation production.
The announcement of the second-season order was made Tuesday by Marc Buhaj, senior vp programming and general manager ay Disney XD.
"Mark, Bob and Nick have delivered a dynamic adventure series that follows the Big Hero 6 superhero team, led by audience favorites Hiro and Baymax," Buhaj said. "We are honored to have the opportunity to further expand the elaborate world and engaging characters of Big Hero 6: The Series with this early second-season order."
Additional guest cast includes Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish) as strict Professor Granville; Andrew Scott (Sherlock) as villain Obake; comedian Andy Richter as Globby; Diedrich Bader (American Housewife) as Bluff Dunder; Susan Sullivan (Castle) as Fred's mother; Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) as Richardson Mole; John Ross Bowie (Speechless) as Mel; and Haley Tju (Bella and the Bulldogs) as classmate Karmi.
Big Hero 6, which was named best animated film at the 2015 Oscars, among other honors, earned $657.8 million at the worldwide box office.
The news of the season two pickup follows Disney XD's announcement earlier this month that it had renewed its DuckTales reboot for a second season ahead of its own series premiere. It also comes as Disney makes its upfront presentations to advertisers this week and through the rest of the month.
Disney XD targets kids 6-11, especially boys, with a mix of live-action and animated programming.