Review: Big Hero 6

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After Disney’s acquisition of Marvel in 2009, Disney CEO Bob Iger encouraged Disney’s divisions to explore Marvel’s properties for any adaptation concepts. As he was co-directing Winnie the Pooh, Don Hall chose Big Hero 6 from Marvel’s library and pitched the concept to John Lasseter in 2011. Three years later, we have our first collaboration between the two storied companies. However, does the collaboration live up to the hype or does it break Disney Animation’s current hot streak and falter?

Big Hero 6 is a sweet, laugh out loud and heartwarming film that continues the hot streak that Disney Animation Studios has been on as of late.

Loosely based on the Marvel Comics title, Big Hero 6 follows Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), a 14-year old who’s wasting his talents by building robots for underground bot-fights. He eventually learns to harness his genius thanks to his equally brilliant brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) and his fellow “nerd school” friends: GoGo Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi No Ginger (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller). But when a devastating turn of events unfold on the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest friends and his brother’s prized robotic creation, Baymax (Scott Adsit), and transform into a group of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

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Adapting an obscure Marvel Comics title like Big Hero 6 gives Disney Animation Studios enough inspiration to create its own superhero franchise without relying too much on the original source material. Co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams borrowed a few character names and a key details, but overall Big Hero 6 is a Disney film through and through. Like FrozenBig Hero 6 is universally accessible for everyone — it’s not entirely male skewed (whereas Frozen was female skewed). Yes, it’s got robots and superheroes, but it also provides a lot of laughs, tears, gasps and cheers to entertain everyone.

Also, with it being a Disney movie, there come a lot of messages that all kids will learn while watching the movie. However, these messages aren’t aimed towards just kids — these messages resonate with adults as well. The messages are overwhelmingly positive, from “I’m not giving up on you” to “seatbelts save lives,” you and your kids will learn a thing or two about life. In addition, you’ll recognize that family and friends are important things to have in times of anguish.

The heart of the Big Hero 6 lies with the relationship between Hiro and Baymax. It’s the kind of Disney friendship that’s warm, heartfelt and should play well with everyone. Baymax is much more than a lovable marshmallow robot who masters the fist bump in the most adorable way, he does everything he can to protect, comfort, diagnose and heal his “patient” Hiro. Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”) was the perfect actor to voice Baymax since he gives the character its gentle qualities that you gradually recognize and love. Ryan Potter also does an incredible job as the film’s main protagonist, Hiro. After all, the film cannot work if the heart of the film is the friendship between the two main characters and one doesn’t work out. Also, Potter plays Hiro as the perfect foil for Baymax; Hiro is emotional and brash while Baymax is soft-spoken and gentle.

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Unforuntately, this leaves he rest of the team to be nothing more than static minor characters. The characters don’t have any character development and none of them have any subplots of their own. But that’s okay; these characters are fun, silly and unusual which provides the right balance to the true story of the film.

Overall, Big Hero 6 is the type of film where your emotions will go on a roller coaster ride. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry again, and you’ll love every minute of it. While there isn’t much going on with the rest of the characters, the joyful and hilarious relationship between Hiro and Baymax is worth the price of admission. Hopefully, in the end you’ll learn that in even the darkest times, your friends and family will be there. After all, as the saying goes: “You’ve got a friend in me.”

Rating: 4.5/5 atoms
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