Big Hero 6 (2014)

Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • Time: 102 min
  • Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure
  • Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams
  • Cast: T.J. Miller, Maya Rudolph, Jamie Chung, Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit


From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”


  • Originally a Marvel comic, now turned Disney film, Big Hero 6 is about a science prodigy Hiro Hamada and his band of high-tech heroes, who try to take down a mysterious villain in a kabuki mask. The real star of Big Hero 6 is Baymax, a balloon type robot designed to scan and treat symptoms of pain. What all successful animated films have in common are a loveable non-human character, from the Minions in Despicable Me, to Olaf in Frozen, Baymax is right up there with them all, as this hilarious robot. He is focused on one job, to satisfy the patient even if it means to do some crazy things like apprehend a super villain.

    I’m probably just being cynical, but when it comes to animated films, they tend to be very predictable and when I say that, I don’t mean everything works out at the end no matter the odds. While that is obvious to a film it’s expected when it comes to a film for the family. What I’m talking about is…
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  • When a multi-billion dollar company famed for its animated feature films creates the highest grossing animation of all time, what’s the next step? When sitting down to view Disney’s latest feature, my primary thought was ‘how do you follow up your biggest moneymaking success ever’? Well the answer, happily, is with this wonderful combination of Disney and Marvel storytelling known as Big Hero 6.

    The film follows Hiro Hamada, a 14 year old robotics genius looking for a career in back-alley robot fights. His brother Tadashi attempts to stall this career by introducing Hiro to his lab team of ‘nerds’ known as GoGo, Honey Lemon, Wasabi and Fred. Tadashi also introduces Hiro to Baymax, his latest creation; Baymax acts as a healthcare companion to the brothers. After disaster strikes a local building, Hiro decides to make some serious modifications to Baymax’s cuddly, loveable appearance and with the help of the ‘nerds’, puts together a super team, ready to save San Fransokyo from an ominous oncoming danger…

    First off, the animation quality is as expected from the leading studio in this field. The visuals are completely stunning, utilising every technological trick available, right down to a molecular levels; multiple scenes involving tiny ‘Microbots’ are a serious example of how far movie animation has come. All the characters are realised with a wonderful texture and realism, but still retains the modern Disney feel. All the characters appearances are clearly devised by the same team that made Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen but it all still feels new and exciting, with the city of San Fransokyo brimming with life and detail that would never have been realised 5 years ago. Technology is moving faster than ever and this film’s team recognises this through a world of fantastical robots, air balloons, armoured suits and a plethora of wonderful technology that does not seem out of reach in today’s world. This beautiful feast for the eyes is a clear indication that animation is truly unlimited visually.

    Story-wise, this film surprisingly takes a darker turn. While Baymax oozes adorableness through the screen and can’t seem to say a single line without the audience giggling uncontrollably, there is a far heavier focus on personal loss and the darker side of the human condition. The development of Baymax and Hiro’s relationship captures something far more visceral and real than other Disney features and unapologetically addresses the affect of death far more openly than previous outings. This is a gallant attempt to push boundaries while still balancing the emotional ark with classic Disney humour. The comedy is still as on-point as ever with multiple laugh-out-loud moments where adults and kids alike will be splitting their sides, especially with anything involving the immensely loveable Baymax. This film seems to cater towards all age groups with a far more balanced sense of humour, with little to no jokes being purely for kids. With the Marvel formula teamed alongside Disney animation, the story doesn’t ever seem to lose steam. However Disney does fall into one unfortunate trap with BH6’s main storyline, the predictability trap:

    The main villain for the film is fantastically brought to life, with powers providing an unlimited set of resources with which to terrorise San Fransokyo. However, while the identity of the villain remains a mystery for a large portion of the film, the eventual reveal is far too predictable; upon introductions I figured out who it was through very simple logical deduction and classic story telling mistakes, which did spoil the big unveiling quite a bit. However the story does expand on this with a couple of big surprises behind the villain’s motivations.

    The soundtrack is very good as well, which is to be expected from a Disney film. With a couple of Marvel films under his belt already, Henry Jackman has unashamedly stuck to the classic hero film formula for his score, but he has updated it with a wonderful array of new sounds that offset and compliment the classic orchestral romp of heroes past. There is plenty to enjoy musically and while it is not hugely original, the score serves its purpose with a wonderful homage to classic hero music and it suits the fun and adventurous nature of the film.

    Overall this is a wonderful Marvel adaptation, with Disney pushing further into new territory while maintaining the style and storytelling that we know and love. It balances drama with outstanding comedy, with Baymax being an absolute classic comedy character to be remembered for many years to come. While it does suffer from the occasional fall into the predictability safety net, brilliant new characters and a willingness to address a much larger range in the human emotional spectrum make Big Hero 6 the perfect catalyst to potentially bring about a long-lasting maturity in future Disney features.

    Highly recommend for all Disney and Marvel fans.


  • Quickie Review:

    Hiro is a science prodigy inspired by his brother Tadashi to build and contribute great new technologies to society. After a tragic incident involving Tadashi, his creation Baymax, an inflatable robot does all it can to help Hiro during this difficult time. Soon a new threat linked to the accident arrives in the city of San Fransokyo, forcing Hiro and his friends to create their own superhero team. With Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and Frozen, Disney is going through a renaissance in their animation department. Big Hero 6 is yet another solid addition to their roster. Although the premise is not original in its simplest form, the characters and the adorable Baymax make this adventure worth experiencing.

    Full Review:

    With such an impressive streak I expected Disney to deliver at the very least a good film. In terms of the story it was very predictable. However, the colourful characters and their personalities is what saved this movie. Most of all Baymax was awesome!

    Baymax may be the cutest robot in animation since Wall-E. He experiences the world and the people in it with a childlike innocence. He steals each and every scene he is in. He may be huggable but when he needs to throw down he is a formidable opponent to go up against. Though he might not necessarily realise his fighting potential. The 3D animation is gorgeous, blending western and eastern cultures to create the beautiful San Fransokyo. The action in the movie could be on par with the current generation of superhero movies. Big Hero 6 is like a mini animated Avengers, but each of them is a nerd using their scientific expertise to become heroes. The movie is not just an action thrill ride but an emotional one as well. You would think majority of the movie would be filled with light-hearted humour, and it is. Still there is a moment where the movie goes much darker than I had anticipated. I liked that the filmmakers didn’t hold back on the dark tone because it made the following emotional scenes much more effective.

    Although I had fun with the film, there are few things that I wish was done a little better. The masked villain is completely obvious. I knew who it was the instant he showed up on screen. Even Scooby Doo and the gang would request investigating the identity to be a little more challenging. So the intrigue and motive behind the mask is not as impactful as it could have been. The rest of the supporting cast and team members are fun but they aren’t given much screen time with Hiro. It would have been nice if we had seen more of their relationship together rather than it being sum up in a 3 min montage.

    In the end Big Hero 6 is a heart-warming tale about how far we are willing to go for our family whether it be by blood, friendship, or in this case even electric circuitry in a giant balloon. This movie is a clear indication that Disney has not lost its momentum and I cannot wait to see what else they have in store for us.

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  • Much like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) released the same year, this movie is too based on a comic book property that is rather obscure. The title itself is also comparatively vague in its description. However, it seems that Marvel knew what they were doing because for their add campaign all they had to do was stick their soft round mascot as the main attention grabber. The actual story behind these two things is a young boy named Hiro who lives in the future city of San Fransokyo. There, he earns money by competing in illegal robot fights. Upon being rescued by his brother Tadashi time and time again, Hiro didn’t want to do anything else. That is until his brother introduces him to the college he attends where robotics and science join hands to improve the way of living for future generations. This immediately catches Hiro’s interest and he ends up meeting new friends along the way including Baymax, the white marshmallow looking cuddle balloon. Together, they form a group of six super heroes to stop a mysterious threat.

    With writers Jordan Roberts (March of the Penguins (2005)), Daniel Gerson and Robert L. Baird (Cars (2006) & Monsters Inc. (2001)) penning this story, the end result was bound to be something worth while. The overall play out is almost what any viewer would expect but there are a number of traits to it that make it a family movie that stands out from the other generic films. The biggest differences are the characters. Instead of Hiro having a hard time fitting into the college he decides to attend, his brother’s friends immediately welcome him with open arms and have quite a distinct personality for each. The supporting human character audiences will probably enjoy the most is Fred; mostly because of his goofy spontaneous nature. Then again, people will obviously fall more for Baymax. The character of Baymax is innocent and harmless and this is pretty much what makes him so likable.

    The voice cast behind these characters is noteworthy as well. Baymax (Scott Adsit) and Hiro (Ryan Potter) both display genuine emotion for their roles, it sounds well done. The rest of the cast includes voice work from Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller (Fred), Jaime Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk and even Abraham Benrubi (George of the Jungle (1997)). Also mixing well with that is the animation, which is very fluid in movement, and the coloring of everything is bright and visible. Another satisfying fundamental piece that works with the animation is the action sequences. Hiro and his friends end up making body suits with powers that relate to what they are best at in the school. This leads to some very intriguing and creative fight sequences that aren’t normally exploited when it comes to super powers.

    Henry Jackman who has proven he has enough experience producing music for family friendly genre and action related films provided the music for this movie. The best moments to this movie are when Jackman focuses more on the emotional moments between Baymax and Hiro. The action cues are appropriate but there isn’t a main theme for the character(s), so it doesn’t stick out as much as one would think. The only issues this animated/superhero film has are the usual things that come to mind. The usual are continuity errors and convenience of plot points. Some of these moments really are just thrown in order to avoid smart writing. And of all things, how does a piece of equipment work by putting it back together if it’s not connected to the power source that initially made it run? The only other complaint some people may have is the message of sidelining school for superhero business. It’s hard to say if the main characters really dropped school but they did forget about it for a while. Not a gigantic problem but it is a bit misleading.

    For Marvel and Disney’s first shared animated feature, it doesn’t stray far from its usual formula to attract audiences. Its action, animation, music and characters are developed properly to entertain any audience. However its message of being a superhero over getting an education and the usual animation/story errors are somewhat predictable.

    Points Earned –> 7:10

  • When Marvel was sold to Disney, the first thing many people, including myself, quickly wondered was whether or not we were going to get a Marvel animated film. Disney rules the animated film market, producing endless classics for decades. Majority of Disney animated films have been teamed with Pixar and Big Hero 6 will not be getting that treatment. Can we blame Disney for that decision? Disney’s Marvel live-action films have been very successful and that’s enough reason to not want to hand your franchise over. Without fail, Disney has another successful franchise on their hands.

    With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiroturns to his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

    With Christmas just around the corner, you better be prepared to buy as many Baymax figurines as you can because Baymax will be the icon for Toys R’ Us and all stores alike this holiday season. This big marshmallow of a robot is not a killing machine yet a sweet and soft robot whose main purpose is to focus on people’s well-being, giving parents even more reason to love him. Baymax can do no wrong as every scene he appears in he automatically makes the film even better from either a comedic or action standpoint.

    If the lovable soft hero isn’t enough reason for parents to support this film than the other five heroes will be next in line. As a child, I’ve always wanted to be like Spider-Man or even Superman, a hero with super powers. No hero in Big Hero 6 has super powers as all the characters use their brains to help fight evil. Even our main hero, Hiro, is a 13 year old genius who is already enrolled in college. These are heroes that parents should want their children to love and perhaps even idolized due to the fact that their strongest power is their brain.

    Unfortunately, it isn’t the action that shines within the film but the comedy which can go either way depending on what you personally like more. Both fight scenes are really short lived and don’t do the amazing back drop visuals any justice. You may question these “heroes” that have no powers but remind yourself of The Caped Crusader. The comedy on the other hand doesn’t let you down as Baymax and Fred lead the way in creating laughs among the audience. In typical Disney fashion, they sure know how to bring the emotion and teach lessons to their audiences. Hiro learns many things throughout the film after the death of his brother, such as how to handle grief, the importance of teamwork, the negativity of revenge and not to let your talents go to waste. Disney might have forced some waterworks from the audience towards the end but we will let it pass due to the how fun the film was overall.

    Big Hero 6 is another success story for Disney as their Marvel purchase continues to pay off. Both parents and children will love this film and will be excited for the next installment in the Big Hero 6 franchise.

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