FROM Andrew Millstein
'Big Hero 6' The imaginary city of San Fransokyo, a mash-up of San Francisco and Tokyo, is the setting of Disney's latest animated movie, Big Hero 6 . Don Hall and Chris Williams directed the film, which begins by exploring the bond between Hiro Hamada, a brilliant but unmotivated young inventor, and his studious big brother, Tadashi. Tadashi creates a robot named Baymax, but this is not a menacing, metallic robot. Baymax is friendly, soft, inflatable, and caring. Of course, life gets complicated for Hiro and Baymax, who team up with Hiro's schoolmates in an epic battle with a mysterious villain. Our guests, producer Roy Conli and Andrew Millstein, president of Disney Animation Studios, are Disney veterans who were on board in the old days of hand-drawn animation -- long before Disney acquired Pixar or Marvel. Andrew Millstein It was in the Marvel library that co-director Don Hall found inspiration for Big Hero 6. The film is loosely based on a little-known comic book, but the Marvel connection isn't promoted in the film or even mentioned in the marketing. From the start, producer Roy Conli says, it was clear that creative control would belong to the animators and directors, despite Marvel's great power at Disney. Roy Conli In their conversation with Kim Masters, Conli and Millstein also reflect on the way Disney has changed over the years, and the benefit of regular screenings with a group known as The Story Trust.
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In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."