Continuing Disney’s plan to dominate the world, we get their next guaranteed box office success in the form of Big Hero 6. If you haven’t seen Big Hero 1-5, it doesn’t matter because they don’t exist! Big Hero 6 was originally the brainchild of Marvel and has been adapted by Disney Animation Studios. Disney owns Marvel, therefore it isn’t technically stealing, so get off their back!
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the original comics or have no idea who the characters in the roster are. Disney Animation Studios has produced their own kid-friendly interpretation in which they loosely based it on the Big Hero 6 comics.
So how does this, the latest film by Disney Animation Studios match up, after previous successes Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph and Frozen?
Baymax the loveable inflatable adorable marshmallow simply steals the show, with a big majority of the funny scenes featuring him. He is this bumbling idiot with lots of heart and movie-goers around the world will instantly fall in love with him. They managed to achieve a slightly different type of humour than what we’d expect from a children’s Disney movie, with a lot of the gags reliant solely on timing. But it works, really well in fact.
The lead character, Hiro Hamada, is a 14-year-old child prodigy who is too smart for his own good. He is often rash and emotional and a great driving force for the plot. The major emotional scenes from the film were amplified by Hiro when his life and back story were taken into consideration.
The relationship between Baymax and Hiro is the PG version of John Conner and the Terminator in Terminator 2: Judgement Day with a few scenes being quite similar. And yes, I just compared a kids film to the Terminator.
The first tragedy happens before the film even starts, with the audience discovering Hiro and his brother Tadashi Hamada being orphans from a young age (what is it with Disney and orphans?) After the first act, Tadashi heroically runs into a burning building to save a friend. Sadly, the building blows up leaving Hiro alone with just his aunt. The theme of loss is explored throughout the film and the effect it has on a person’s life and decisions.
Hiro, along with the help of newly made friends, takes it upon themselves to investigate and apprehend the culprit of the building explosion. We have Fred, the chilled out comic-book nerd, self-proclaimed science enthusiast and school mascot responsible for the nicknames for the rest of the team. Wasabi, the neat-freak nervous-wreck genius, GoGo Tamago – the feisty no-nonsense athletic genius, and Honey Lemon, the girlish quirky genius. Quite a few geniuses in this team who all end up gearing up with their own outfits.
There is also a cameo from Stan Lee, as with all Marvel films, so be sure to look out for that. Also ensure you stay for the end of credits scene as it reveals the possible future of this franchise.
San Fransokyo is another of the big stars in this film. It feels alive and vibrant. This weird blend of San Francisco and Tokyo oddly works in a futuristic utopian world setting. Huge props to the animators for creating a living and breathing city. The animation throughout the performance was top-notch and a real achievement.
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