Disney XD Sets ‘Big Hero 6’ Series

Disney XD will look to capitalize on the theatrical success of Big Hero 6 with a series based on the animated film.

The series Big Hero 6 will launch in 2017 and will pick up where the picks up where the feature film left off, continuing the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax, said network officials.

Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley (Kim Possible) are the executive producers for the series, said Disney XD. The series was announced today

"Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide in a statement. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world class animated series -- full of fun, action and the kind of endearing storytelling that only Mark, Bob -- and  Baymax -- can deliver."

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