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Shiyoon Kim (김시윤) is a Korean-American animator who currently works for Walt Disney Animation Studios. His major role was when he started working on Big Hero 6, as chief character designer who designed the lead characters of the film along side with character design supervisor, Jin Kim, another Korean animator. According to Shiyoon Kim in an interview, he said he mainly focused on Hiro Hamada and Baymax.

Animation Credits

Year Film Position
2009 Prep & Landing Character Designer
2010 Tangled Character Designer
2011 Winnie the Pooh Character Designer
2012 Paperman Character Designer
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Character Designer
2013 Frozen Character Designer: The Duke of Weselton
2014 Feast Character Designer
2014 Big Hero 6 Lead Character Designer: Hiro Hamada/Tadashi Hamada/Go Go Tomago
2016 Zootopia Character Designer: Mayor Lionheart/Assistant Mayor Bellwether/Flash/Gazelle/Bonnie and Stu Hopps

Big Hero 6: Lead Character Designer

In Big Hero 6, Shiyoon Kim worked as lead character designer for the the film. As a major character designer, Shiyoon Kim wanted Korean characters to be in a Disney film for the first time. According to Jin Kim, Shiyoon Kim originally designed the lead [Asian] characters, (Hiro Hamada, Tadashi Hamada and Go Go Tomago) as Korean characters

“Early designs were drafted by Kim Shiyoon, a fellow Korean animator, who originally created the characters as Koreans. Of course, there are no mentions of specific nationalities in the film, but that was what we, the artists, imagined,” (Jin) Kim said.

Although Shiyoon Kim originally decided the three characters as Koreans, the film needed at least one Japanese characters. Despite such efforts trying to introduce Korean characters into a Disney film, Shiyoon had no choice but to drop Hiro Hamada and Tadashi Hamada's Korean ethnicities by giving them Japanese names, going against his original intentions. Despite giving them Japanese names later on, fellow artists (Such as Jin Kim and other animators) carried out and kept Kim's original motives as Korean characters throughout production. Although he had to give up on Hiro Hamada and Tadashi Hamada's intended ethnicities, he was able to succeed in making Go Go Tomago as Disney's first Korean character.

Even though Hiro Hamada and Tadashi Hamada are portrayed as Japanese characters, his original Korean-based character designs are still evident as he did say that Tadashi Hamada's appearance was influenced by his Korean-Irish-American voice actor, Daniel Henney and Go Go Tomago by her Korean-American voice actress, Jamie Chung.


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Supervising Animators: Glen Keane | Andreas Deja | Randy Haycock | Alex Kupershmidt | Anthony DeRosa | Eric Goldberg | Mark Henn | John Pomeroy | T. Daniel Hofstedt | Tony Bancroft | Tom Bancroft | Tony Fucile | Russ Edmonds | Duncan Marjoribanks | Ruben Aquino | Nik Ranieri | Ron Husband | Rick Farmiloe
Visual Development & Storyboard Artists: Paul Felix | Andy Gaskill | Dean DeBlois | Lorna Cook | Bill Schwab | Lisa Keene | Claire Keane | Chen Yi-Chang | Vance Gerry | Brittney Lee | Jin Kim | Shiyoon Kim | Cory Loftis | Leo Matsuda

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