Stat Box Info: Genres – Action, Animation, Kids & Family Rating – PG Major Actors – Include Jamie Chung (Go Go), Maya Rudolph, Ryan Potter (Hiro Hamada), Fred (T.J. Miller), and more. Directors – Don Hall and Chris Williams Authors – Robert L. Baird and Dan Gerson
Review: The adorable characters, witty humor, and exceptional animation make Big Hero 6 a must-see movie for children and adults. The trailers depict a huggable, balloon-like robot turned superhero, who befriends a young boy, and aids him in the battle against a dangerous man in a kabuki mask. However, the superhero aspect is not what captures the majority of the audiences, but the cuteness factor. I mean, who doesn’t want to watch an oversized, clumsy marshmallow fight crime? Plot Summary: Big Hero 6 tells the story of a very intelligent 14 year old boy, Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), who has already graduated high school, and spends his time “botfighting”, which is basically the equivalent of cock-fighting but with robots. Hiro lives with his brother, Tadashi Hamada (Daniel Henney), and his aunt (Maya Rudolph) in the city of San Fransokyo. His parents tragically die, therefore making him an orphan, just like very other Disney character (i.e. Cinderella, Elsa and Ana, Snow White, the list goes on and on). Hiro’s brother, in an attempt to get him involved in something other than illegal activities, shows him his laboratory in his school, San Fransokyo Institute of Technology (SFIT), and ignites a desire in Hiro to want to attend the school. In order to be accepted into SFIT, Hiro must develop a new piece of impressive technology and present it to professor Callaghan (James Cromwell). So, in a beautifully animated montage, the movie plays out Hiro’s process of developing a bit of tech he calls “microbots”. These little pieces of metal can build and become anything the person wearing the neurocranialtransmitter can imagine. It sounds a bit confusing, but the movie does a better job at explaining this. Moving on, these microbots become a success with the professor and other people around who witnessed them in action, and caught the eye of a particular man named Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk). Krei is the guy you assume to be the “villain”, and you automatically understand the plot: Krei is going to use the microbots for evil! Well… Kinda, but not really. I will not give anything away, but I will say that the movie does do a good job at building up to what essentially becomes the plot-twist (which I will come back to). Before the first 25 minutes of the movie are up Hiro suffers another major loss, his brother Tadashi dies in a heroic, but tragic, accident. Hiro mourns for him for several weeks, and isn’t inspired to do anything until Baymax comes in. Hiro accidentally stubs his toe and cries out “Ow!”, which activates Baymax. The loving robot is a Personal Healthcare Companion that Tadashi designed to help people who need medical care. Baymax inflates himself and comes to Hiro’s rescue, but knocks him over instead when he attempts to touch Hiro’s stubbed toe. Thus, the Hiro-Baymax relationship is born. The two become buds and together they go after the man in the kabuki mask. With the help of his brother’s old friends – Go Go (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Fred (T.J. Miller), and Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) – Hiro connects the dots and figures out that the evil man in the mask set the fire, in which his brother died, to steal his microbots. And the story unfolds from there.
Screenplay: The story plot is not very unique, we have seen the same formula used time and time again, so nothing exceptional there. It was a superhero movie, and that is what we got. The plot-twist that was thrown in was essential and inescapable. Every movie, if you look close enough, has an essential twist, which is when the producers and directors realize the story line is to cookie-cutter so they attempt to change it up, like throwing bacon into chocolate. I am that annoying person who always tries to guess what is going to happen in a movie. I do that because I love when a movie proves me wrong. When screenplay writers come up with a plot-twist that is so genius and intricate is when I melt. It’s my favorite moment in any film. When the expected becomes the unexpected, and your whole view of the world changes (okay, that’s a bit dramatic). However, Big Hero 6 was not the movie which proved me wrong. It actually fell right where I thought it would, and I was a little disappointed because the film was so good up to that point; I just wish they hadn’t taken the predictable route. I also enjoyed the beginning half twenty times more than the last half, mainly because it became too predictable and bit boring. Baymax makes the movies. He embodies the reason why people loved the film and why so many fell in love with the relationship between him and Hiro. Without Baymax it would not be the same. Baymax reminds me of Wall-E, not by how he looks, but his ability to connect with Hiro on an emotional level that is not realistically possible for robots.
Characters: I wish I could say the same for the other characters. They were interesting, and I will not lie, Fred did grow on me. However, the supporting characters did not necessarily need to be there. I believe that with just one or two other friends to help Hiro along, the story would have flowed more smoothly. Baymax is obviously the most beloved character of the movie. He is funny without trying too hard. He’s effortlessly funny like many other Disney created characters. Throughout the movie Baymax is effortlessly funny, and manages to draw out chuckles and laughs from everyone. He does things that are so unexpected, and says things only a robot who has no common sense would say. When a movie is funny without trying to hard, is when the humor touches people. His likeness to a gigantic marshmallow makes him even more lovable, and nods to the well known scene in Despicable Me where Agnes hugs a stuffed unicorn and says, “It’s so fluffy!” Hiro also appeals to the audiences emotions because many people can relate to having younger siblings they care about. Or, the fact that he went through a loss that many people can relate to. The duo, Hiro and Baymax, are the stars of the movie, and without them, there would be no Big Hero 6.
Animation and Cinematography: The cinematography and animation in the film are the highlights. I enjoyed every frame of this movie. The details were so clear, and it was quite obvious that the team of animators worked hard on this film to make the characters come alive. The film was evidently Disney, with its Wreck-It-Ralph inspired characters, and Frozen-like graphics. The movie, in terms of graphics, was stunning. The technology that was used to create this movie took two years and 200 million computing hours to create. It is so unfathomable how much effort is poured into animated movies, and as audiences we hardly ever think about the length of time it takes to produce our favorite Disney movies. The software that was used to create Baymax was being tested as they went along. A terrifying experience, I’m sure, but well worth it. Overall, Big Hero 6 was awesome. I didn’t like the predictability or all the unnecessary characters, but I would definitely recommend it to others and I’d be willing to sit through it again in the future. Hiro is adorable. Tadashi is handsome. SFIT makes you want to actually learn some chemistry. And Baymax gives you hope.