Since most people have not heard of Marvel’s Big Hero 6, it’s no surprise Disney has taken it as an opportunity to take a shot at it. This way, the animated feature is the first time Disney has attempted to bring a Marvel property to the big screen. Big Hero 6 hints at Marvel’s origins on more than one occasion. However, the film evolves into something beautiful and big-hearted.
The animated feature is set in the futuristic city of Sanfransokyo. In other words, it is a world where East meets West to create something spectacular. The main character in the story is Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), a 14-year old Japanese American orphan. Being a natural tech expert, he makes money through robot fighting. It isn’t until his elder brother Tadashi, shows him the robotics lab at his University that he meets a group of nerds and they go on to form the film’s group of heroes. The group includes Wasabi, GoGo Tamago, Fred, and Honey Lemon.
The movie is more than about being a hero. It focuses on the relationship Hiro forms with Baymax (a personal medical robot). Eventually, Hiro comes to realize the tech he developed was stolen and was being used for menacing purposes. Realizing Baymax’s true potential, Hiro attempts to groom him into a crime fighting robot.
The film does an excellent job at balancing comedy with thrills. The sequences are a remarkable blend of American Victorian culture with neo-modernity. However, it isn’t until the finale where you are in for some heart wrenching scenes which might have you reaching for the Kleenex. The film features the vocal talents of T. J. Miller, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., Jamie Chung and Daniel Henney.
All in all, Big Hero 6 is one of the best animated movies to hit the big screen in some time and might be the leading contender for the Best Animated Feature at the Oscars.
Photo: Disney’s Big Hero 6 movie poster