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‘Big Hero 6’ Turns Godzilla Into Lovable Disney Robot

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Walt Disney Co.’s new animated feature “Big Hero 6” has a hero, named Hiro, but the studio is marketing the film with posters and billboards that feature a button-eyed, blimp-like robot.

Disney animators spent more than three years transforming Baymax, a scary-looking bit player from an obscure Marvel Comics series, into a lovable sidekick who could charm fans as much as Jiminy Cricket and Tinkerbell. They visited robotics labs and spoke with counselors about how kids handle grief -- a central theme of the film, which reaches U.S. theaters Nov. 7.