My boys are obsessed with Baymax from Big Hero 6. My youngest gets so excited anytime he sees him and even sleeps with the stuffed Baymax I got while on my trip to LA. But what kids don’t really realize is there is a real person behind that lovable character…Scott Adsit is that voice.
We were able to sit down with Scott on our trip and learn all about what it takes to bring such a character to life.
It was a little bit of a challenge to bring Baymax to life, they decided pretty early on that he would not have emotion..it’s all programming, but yet it still had to let the emotions creep in, in the appropriate places.
I get to lean on either side of him just a little bit, to invite the emotions to flood in from the audience.
During the audition was the first sign that Baymax wouldn’t have that traditional “robot” voice…then he saw the soft, huggable character design and knew that he needed a “benign bedside manner voice”. So he mixed that with pretty much a state of the art of robotic interaction voice, kind of like an automated phone system.
You might be surprised to know that he didn’t look at past robot characters for what to do/not do, he looked more to the soft, huggable, benign people in his family.
The biggest challenge came in the middle where they wanted to add another facet to Baymax, which is where he looses power and becomes more like a drunk, or a child that has gone past their bedtime.
And, ah, I said so do you want it to sound like, like a robot who’s drunk? And they said no, just be drunk. So, I just played over the top drunk…then they put a process, a little filter on that.
An interesting thing about the, the processing filter on Baymax…John Lassiter, who is the man in charge of the studio, wanted there to be a processing on Scott’s voice, but he also wanted Scott’s voice to come through. They would bring him examples of a filter that they wanted to use in the sound department, and he would say no, dial it back a bit, dial it back a little bit.They kept dialing it back, dialing it back, until eventually, it was just Scott’s voice, no filter. But John liked what Scott was doing naturally. So, what they ended up doing was a combination. They have all that filter on at the beginning when you meet Baymax, and then during the course of the film, they dial it back, dial it back, dial it back, so that by the end, in the last scene in, in the void, there is no filter at all. So he finds his humanity with, a subtle kind of subtextual, subliminal, thing that you may not notice.
Scott would go home from voicing and find himself still talking in the voice, he had to keep reminding himself to not start talking like that all the time because it would “annoy people”.
We even asked him for a little bit of the voice…
He even leaves messages for his kids friends…
Hes such a fun guy, I can see why he was cast for the voice of Baymax. We were even lucky enough to get to ask Baymax a few questions…
His background in improv gave him the creative he needed to make Baymax who he is, like the fist bump, which has now replaced the exploding fist bump in my house.
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