Big Hero 6 Review

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By Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)



In 2013, Frozen was released by Disney and it sent a revitalization through the animation industry. It was the big Disney animated film, the big musical, the film that crossed all age groups and everyone could love. There were engrossing characters, memorable sidekicks, an engaging story, and plenty of unforgettable moments. Now, a year later, Disney is back at it again with Big Hero 6. The same formula applies – minus the catchy songs – built around a story of family, relationships and unlikely superheroes.

In San Fransokyo, a blend of East and West, young teen Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) is a young robot prodigy who spends his time at robot battles hustling people to make money. But his older brother, Tadashi (Daniel Henney), decides to take him to his college and show him what they do in terms of robotics and technology. One look and Hiro is set on attending the university. So he enters an invention competition for the school, with the winner receiving an invitation to attend. After Hiro blows away the competition, tragedy strikes and Hiro is left with his brother’s inflatable robot, Baymax (Scott Adsit), a health care companion. After finding out who was responsible for the tragedy, Hiro, along with Tadashi’s friends Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), loveable Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), and superhero-obsessed Fred (T.J. Miller), and Baymax, use their brains to take down this new super villain. But will they be successful against a far superior opponent?

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Big Hero 6 is much different than Frozen on many levels, as it should be. Disney isn’t one to rehash its content, but instead take us on new adventures. One of the big differences between the two films is the emotional tone found in Big Hero 6. Just like in this year’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, the theme of personal loss is a big element. One may find this strange in an animated film directed towards children, but it could be a reflection that kids are growing up faster now and are more aware of these concepts. However, the heavy emotional tone is deeply rooted in the film and comes up numerous times, and with the investment we have in these characters, it is palpable and felt as you watch the film. Big Hero 6 deals with loss and sadness, but it also focuses on personal growth and the love in the relationships we have around us, and to focus on such strengths and to find those silver linings in the darkness and grow.

With the deep tones found in the film, there are still more than enough lighter elements. There is plenty of comedy to go around, much of which comes from Baymax. His low battery scene has its own level of epicness and most adults will be able to relate to it on numerous levels. There is also the odd couple pairing of Hiro and Baymax, with Hiro trying to teach Baymax the ways of society, often with hilarious results. And, with any superhero film, there are action sequences and the animation is handled very well, providing excitement for young and old alike. In terms of characters, Hiro and Baymax are the stars of the show, but the other characters like Fred and Go Go add different levels that bring the film to new heights with their personalities. The story isn’t necessarily anything new, but the way in which it is executed pulls us in, has us rooting for the good guys, and tugs at our heartstrings on numerous occasions. Overall, another great film from Disney.

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Big Hero 6 may not end up in the annals of fame like Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, or The Little Mermaid, but it is definitely a hit and a deserving addition to the collection that is Disney animated films. The superhero types on display are more like Batman and Iron Man, showing what can be accomplished with education and a desire to create one’s dreams – a good example for younger generations. Plus the film provides plenty of positive messages that children and adults both can learn from. This may not be “classic” Disney but this will definitely end up being a Disney classic!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

 


    2 Comments

  1. LVMHgirlNovember 10th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Nice review! Loved HTTYD ad HTTYD2. Looking forward to watching this! 🙂

  2. GinaNovember 11th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I saw this film and loved it instantly. I agree, it is certainly a Disney classic, and I’m SO GLAD to have a dynamic male protagonist. Disney’s male protagonist lineup is thin in comparison to the girl-power princess army.

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