I’d really been meaning to see “Big Hero 6.” Now is definitely the time with its Oscar win for Best Animated Feature and it just becoming available for home viewing.
Disney certainly knows how to create an uplifting experience and “Big Hero 6” (Directors: Don Hall and Chris Williams) is a beautiful example of it. I can imagine the Disney team, such as the Big Hero 6 team and character creators, Man of Action, and the screenwriters, Jordan Roberts, Robert L. Baird, and Daniel Gerson, first pondering over what could work for a feature. What are some things that kids are always into? Hmm, well, there’s all things to do with Japan, and robotics, and a curiosity over, uh, puberty. Those three items will always get their attention, for starters. And you find them here.
From the previews I’d seen, I wondered if this was going to be a fish-out-of-water comedy. You know, this Michelin Man robot is all blobby and out of his element, right? There’s some of that. Plenty of that, who am I kidding! But much more. Essentially, what you’ve got here is quite a compelling story about mind over matter.
Meet Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit). He may resemble our friend, the Michelin Man, but he’s a whole other deal. Baymax is at the heart of this story. He is a robot that was built to help. Basically, he’s a walking and talking medical dispensary and doctor. He knows what he’s about. That’s more than can be said, at least for a while, about Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter). Hiro is a 13-year-old genius, especially when it comes to robotics. However, Hiro will need some time before he realizes what to do with his skills. Baymax was built by Hiro’s older brother, Tadashi (voiced by Daniel Henney). Push comes to shove, and Hiro will need to rise to the occasion, with the help of Baymax. Do you see conflict on the horizon? Yes, plenty. There’s plenty of action and there’s plenty of soul-searching to keep you glued to your seat.
It won’t be spoiler to let you know that “Big Hero 6” refers to a six-member superhero team. With all the superheroes flying around, this movie proves there’s always room for more. After viewing it, you’ll welcome, wait for it…the sequel! Yes, I think we have us a sequel up ahead and probably more than one.
Home viewing is now available. Of course, the bonus features are very cool and include a behind-the-scenes look at how Big Hero 6 made the transition from a Marvel Comics comic book series to the big screen. For more details, including a free game, Baymax Sky Patrol, visit our friends at Disney right here.
4 responses to “Blu-ray Review: BIG HERO 6”
Recently, I find myself more and more disappointed with the big films coming out. The Hobbit films did nothing for me, which were some films I actually were looking forward to.
In walks Big Hero 6 with it’s silly comedy, deflation noises and all, so what do we get? An all around rollercoaster ride of emotion. It honestly took me by surprise. I’d never heard of it before, so I don’t know if it’s based on a story, but it honestly encapsulated what a film should have for me: Escapism at its finest.
Brilliant article, certainly reflected what I loved about the film – I hope there is a sequel! ((This is coming from a relatively cynical guy over films!))
Yes, indeed, Big Hero 6 is something special. Nice when a feature exceeds expectations.
Saw it! (check out my profile pic, he he) Yup, I’m suspecting/expecting a sequel. Never heard of the story till the movie and based on the image you posted, the comics version of the characters look way mature, and their looks in the movie make me glad of the change.
In hindsight, I felt that Big Hero 6 was really just all about two characters, it might as well have been Big Hero 2. And with the “Big” there, I first thought it referred to Baymax so I wondered at first what the 6 was for. And, oh, I got the antagonist right (just not the WHY till things were explained) 😉
It’s awesome! Yeah, I thought it was really important to emphasize the comic book series that came before, created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau. I definitely see more Big Hero 6 features.