Big Hero 6 (2014)
Rated – PG
Directed by Don Hall, Chris Williams
After the success of Disney’s last two animation projects (Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen), there was a lot riding on the shoulders of Big Hero 6. I’m glad to say that Disney has another winner on their hands.
Set in the city of San Fransokyo, it’s the Asian version of, yes you guessed it, San Francisco. We instantly get thrown into an underground bot fighting event and the tone is set from here for the rest of the film. There is going to be a lot of action and a lot of Hiro, the young genius whose head isn’t always on straight but hey, he’s a kid right? His smarts are too good to be wasted on underground bot fighting and his older brother, Tadashi, knows it. But it takes him a tour of his university lab to convince Hiro to drop the fighting bots and to challenge himself to do greater things.
Slight spoiler below.
At the science convention, Hiro blows everyone away with his microbots, but a fire destroys his work and kills his older brother. Now all he’s left with is coping with moving on without Tadashi and he does that by modifying his brother’s life-long work, Baymax, a personal medical assistant that is fluffy as a pillow and whose only purpose is to make you feel better.
I haven’t seen this much action in an animated feature since The Incredibles, and while the story-line here isn’t anything new, it’s still effective. Kids will love the bright colors, the 3-D technology, and the fast-paced action sequences. Adults will fall for Hiro and his attempt to seek revenge and gain closure for his loss. But there is one thing for sure that is the same for both children and adults, both will love Baymax.
It’s nice to see Disney tackling such different kinds of animated films and not restraining its creative minds to what has been working of late. Sure, the super-hero films are an every year genre, but in the center of this story is a young genius boy and his unlikely friendship with a medical robot. Despite its out-of-this-world plot, there is plenty of human emotion to feel throughout and that’s the main reason why Big Hero 6 is so good.