There are so many aspects of Big Hero 6 to utterly treasure. It’s hard to know where to start. But, we will try.
First and foremost, it is a fanatically fun movie that is for kids of all ages, and includes strong emotional moments as well as some incredible action scenes and eye-popping animation that is a feast for the eyes as much as the sound effects are a joy for the ears.
Hiro (Ryan Potter) is a teenage robotics prodigy who has spent more time building robots for illegal street fights than applying himself. He graduated high school already and although his brother, Tadashi, is a student at the local tech university and encourages him to go there, he would rather do his own thing.
Tadashi fools him and brings him to his San Fransokyo tech school and he meets the Big Hero 6 cast of characters. Immediately we fall in love with them because these are not just nerds who become superheroes (as you can guess from that Big Hero 6 trailer), these are science students who are pushing the boundaries of what exists and what can be.
It is such a treat and a wonderful model for parents to have characters in an animated movie who are celebrated because of their passion for academics.
Through a series of events, an evil has arisen in San Fransokyo and it will require our band of scientists to use their knowledge to reinvent themselves as superheroes who might be the only chance to save the day.
Big Hero 6 triumphs on so many levels. It is well paced. It is impeccably cast with a vocal talent list that includes James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr. and TJ Miller. Then there’s the inclusion of not one, but two female scientists turned superheroes.
In this age when there is much discussion about the lack of female superhero characters in movies, Big Hero 6 inspires on two points. We need more women in the world of science, and yes, we need more female superheroes on the big screen. Big Hero 6 scores with both and casting Genesis Rodriguez and Jamie Chung, well, that works all the better!
There are messages that parents will treasure throughout Big Hero 6, most notably that family is where you find it and in this day and age where it seems that we all could use a little more love and support, what a thing to extol.
Also, it's easy to tell that this is from the team that brought us Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph. It has that same heart and hilarity.
Disney based the movie on the Big Hero 6 comics from Marvel, although don’t look for too many connections here.
What does work in their ability to use the comics as a framework is the creation of the character of Baymax. He is a “healthcare provider” robot who forms an incredible bond with Hiro and will be an integral part of the Big Hero 6 team. Between the voice choice for Baymax to his design as a slightly bigger robot than we’re used to seeing in the movies, what is not to love about this guy?!
And frankly, our Big Hero 6 movie review has to say, what’s not to love about Disney’s latest animated gem?