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Mochi is a minor character in Big Hero 6. He is the pet Japanese bobtail cat of Aunt Cass, Hiro and Tadashi.

Background

Development

Mochi originated from the film's storyboards by story artist Kendelle Hoyer who felt that Hiro and Tadashi's family needed a pet. Eventually, Mochi was finally moved into the film.[1]

Mochi was originally going to have rocket boosters that were made by Hiro. Although Paul Briggs and screenwriter Robert L. Barid absolutely adored the idea, there was no way that it could be put into the movie in a way that would make sense in context with the movie. However, the idea was later recycled when Hiro and Tadashi were in San Fransokyo Tech in the background as someone's science experiment. When seeing some advertising for the movie in Japan and seeing the Japanese audience fall in love with the concept, Briggs said, "You guys do realize that Rocket Cat hasn't been in the movie for a year now?" as the idea was removed early on in production.[2]

Appearances

Big Hero 6

Mochi first appears in Lucky Cat Cafe after Aunt Cass returns from picking up her nephews Hiro and Tadashi Hamada. Cass, suffering from stress eating, calls to Mochi, who follows her into the kitchen.

After Hiro returns home from following the trails of his Microbots, Mochi appears, purring and rubbing against Hiro's leg when he tries to hide Baymax. After Hiro throws him up the stairs, it is quite possible that Baymax caught Mochi while calling him a "hairy baby." When Hiro arrives, Mochi dashes downstairs. When Baymax sneaks down again, Mochi and Aunt Cass are watching television. He is also shown in the end credits.

Big Hero 6: The Series

Mochi appears in the follow-up series as a recurring character. He is often seen around the Lucky Cat Café sleeping or being petted by Baymax. In "Mr. Sparkles Loses His Sparkle", Mochi becomes an online celebrity when Honey Lemon posts a video of him slow clapping. He becomes so popular that Mr. Sparkles, host of Maximum Insane obstacle Challenge, loses his fame. Consumed by jealousy, he kidnaps and threatens to send Mochi into space unless Go Go competes in a game. Even though beaten, Mr. Sparkles still launches Mochi in a rocket, but is rescued by Hiro's new robotic invention, Skymax.

Trivia

  • A painting of Mochi wearing a Stitch costume can be seen behind Hiro when he is talking to his aunt.
  • Japanese bobtail cats (especially calicoes) are considered lucky blessings in Japanese culture, and Cass's shop, the Lucky Cat Cafe has beckoning cats as the main theme.
  • Mochi's name comes from a type of Japanese rice cake, which is usually made in a special mochitsuki ceremony, and is usually served around the Japanese New Year.
  • Mochi is a male cat, but has a calico fur pattern, which is found almost exclusively in female cats due to the calico gene being found on the X chromosome. However, male calico cats do exist, but are extremely rare (about 1 in 3000 cats is born a male calico).
  • He can briefly be seen playing with a laser-pointer and sleeping on one of the microbot bins during Hiro's hard work montage.
  • Baymax's infamous line while petting Mochi, "Hairy baby...hairy baby," became a popular Internet meme during the film's release.
  • The bell on Mochi's collar is silver in the movie, but in the tv series, it is gold.

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Concept art

Miscellaneous

References


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Big Hero 6 logo
Media
Films and Television: Big Hero 6Big Hero 6: The Series

Books: MangaBig Hero 6 Big Golden Book Big Hero 6 Little Golden BookBig Hero 6 Chapter BookBig Hero 6 Junior NovelizationBig Hero 6 Pictureback with TattoosBig Hero 6 Step Into ReadingBig Hero 6 Deluxe Step into ReadingThe Art of Big Hero 6Big Hero 6 Ultimate Sticker BookBig Hero 6: Hiro and TadashiComic Books
Video games: Big Hero 6: Battle in the BayBig Hero 6: Bot FightDisney INFINITY seriesBig Hero 6: Baymax BlastKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Crossy RoadDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Music: Soundtrack

Disney Parks
Big Hero 6 RideThe AnnexThe Magic of Disney Animation

Entertainment: Baymax Super Exercise Expo
Parade: Dreaming Up!

Characters
Film characters: Hiro HamadaBaymaxTadashi HamadaGo Go TomagoHoney LemonWasabiFredAunt CassRobert Callaghan/YokaiAbigail CallaghanAlistair KreiSergeant GersonMochiYamaMr. FredericksonMrs. FredericksonHeathcliffKrei's AssistantThe Ringleader

Television Characters: Professor GranvilleObakeBaron Von SteamerKarmiHigh VoltageRichardson MoleGlobbyFelony CarlMomakaseMad JacksMini-MaxMr. SparklesWendy WowerTrevor TrengroveNoodle Burger BoyLenore ShimamotoTrinaLiv AmaraOrso Knox
Deleted characters: The Fujitas

Episodes
Shorts: "Baymax and Fred" • "Baymax and Go Go" • "Baymax and Wasabi" • "Baymax and Hiro" • "Baymax and Mochi" • "Baymax and Honey Lemon" • "Baymax Dreams of Too Many Baymaxes" • "Baymax Dreams of Evil Sheep" • "Baymax Dreams of Bed Bugs" • "Making Popcorn" • "Mochi No!"

Season One: "Baymax Returns" • "Issue 188" • "Big Roommates 2" • "Fred's Bro-Tillion" • "Food Fight" • "Muirahara Woods" • "Failure Mode" • "Aunt Cass Goes Out" • "The Impatient Patient" • "Mr. Sparkles Loses His Sparkle" • "Killer App" • "Small Hiro One" • "Kentucky Kaiju" • "Rivalry Weak" • "Fan Friction" • "Mini-Max" • "Big Hero 7" • "Big Problem" • "Steamer's Revenge" • "The Bot Fighter" • "Obake Yashiki" • "Countdown to Catastrophe"

Organizations
Big Hero 6Krei Tech Industries
Locations
San FransokyoLucky Cat CaféSan Fransokyo Institute of TechnologyAkuma IslandFrederickson ManorNoodle BurgerObake's Lair
Objects
MicrobotsMegabotBaymax's ChipHoney Lemon's Chem-PurseYokai's MaskLittle YamaSilent SparrowSkymaxesLenore Shimamoto's JournalKentucky KaijuEnergy Amplifier
Songs
StoryMy Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)Top of the World (Greek Fire)ImmortalsWe've Got Dance Power