BIG HERO 6:
A CLEVER AND ENGAGING BLEND OF DISNEY ANIMATION AND MARVEL EXCITEMENT!
By Nico Beland
Movie Review: A (3 ½ stars)
Hiro and Baymax off to save the world in Disney’s Big Hero 6
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio that brought us unforgettable films like Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and Frozen return with their latest animated family adventure, Big Hero 6, based on the Marvel comic book of the same name. We all know most Marvel films like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are more geared towards tweens and older audiences, but this film captures the excitement and humor of the live-action Marvel films but with animation and offers something for the kids to enjoy as well.
The film is about a young boy named Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) who is the younger brother of inventor and student at San Fransokyo Tech, Tadashi (voiced by Daniel Henney-X-Men Origins: Wolverine) who has been working on a project that can help humans, a huggable walking balloon robot named Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit-30 Rock, St. Vincent) designed to heal the sick and injured.
Basically whenever someone gets hurt, literally the minute someone says “Ow!” he’ll inflate out of his suitcase and help the person out. Tadashi introduces Hiro to Baymax and the rest of his science crew, quirky Honey Lemon (voiced by Génesis Rodriguez-Entourage, Man on a Ledge, Casa de Mi Padre), tomboy girl GoGo (voiced by Jamie Chung-The Real World: San Diego, Sucker Punch, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), laser cutting expert Wasabi (voiced by Damon Wayans, Jr.-The Other Guys, Let’s Be Cops), and comic book nerd Fred (voiced by T.J. Miller-How to Train Your Dragon, Transformers: Age of Extinction).
Soon Hiro becomes interested in the things Tadashi and his tech crew does and decides to leave his past dream of winning Robot Fighting bets, which is apparently illegal in their world. Tadashi tells Hiro about an event happening at his school where people can come and show off something they invented, and if the professors are impressed they will be enrolled in the school.
After long sleepless hours, Hiro creates little microscopic flying robots called Microbots, which can transform into anything, whether it’s a building or a giant hand. Unfortunately after Hiro presents the Microbots, Tadashi suddenly perishes in a fire in the school and dies.
After some time has passed, Baymax makes his way into Hiro’s home and the two of them become best friends. Hiro and Baymax eventually realize that someone has stolen his Microbots and is copying them, an unknown supervillain wearing an intimidating mask known as Yokai.
So Hiro gears Baymax and Tadashi’s old crew and the six of them become a superhero team like no other, to defeat Yokai and save the day before the Microbots are unleashed.
Overall, Big Hero 6 is a very entertaining movie, whether you’re a kid, adult, or fan of Marvel comics or Disney. I for one am a fan of both, so I really got a kick out of this movie, the action felt like Marvel but the animation, humor, and characters felt like Disney.
Besides the action, animation, and humor, the relationship Hiro has with Baymax is absolutely charming and sweet, the two of them are inseparable, quite similar to Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz’s friendship, a big guy with a big heart and a child.
I haven’t seen a Disney film this action packed in a while and it’s always great to see Disney tackle new things, which is exactly why I enjoyed Wreck-It Ralph so much, the same thing can be said with Big Hero 6. It’s action, comedy, animation, Disney, and Marvel put together, what could be better than that?
The movie is up there with Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph as one of my favorite Disney CG animated films, the past few years have been great for Disney and I look forward to seeing what they will think of next, because this was a very satisfying animated feature. It’s The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy for young kids, but older audiences and fans of Marvel is certain to enjoy this film as well.