I love superhero movies. I may not know all of the intricacies of the characters but at the least, I do have some basic knowledge of all the major superheroes from both Marvel and DC. That’s all thanks to my big brother and cousins who are comic book fanatics. But when Disney announced they were making a movie based on Marvel’s Big Hero 6, both of them actually weren’t familiar with the franchise! When I went to watch the movie, I was going in blind without any prior knowledge of what to expect.
Fortunately, much like The Incredibles before it, Big Hero 6 is another home run for Disney making terrific superhero movies!
Big Hero 6 takes place in the futuristic city of San Franskoyo (a mishmash of San Francisco and Tokyo). Hiro, a young genius protege, discovers that someone is using one of his inventions for evil. He then enlists the help of Baymax, a prototype medical robot invented by his recently deceased brother, as well as a group of friends to take the villain down.
Like I said earlier, I’m totally not familiar with the comic the film is based on but, from what I’ve heard, Disney’s Big Hero 6 has practically nothing to do with Marvel’s version. Is it a good thing? I think to an extent, yes. By not following any stories from the comics, it gave Disney an enormous amount of freedom. Also, using a little known franchise would actually expose them much more to the public. It’s a win-win!
On the surface, it may seem like an origin movie of a new superhero theme, at its core, it really isn’t. Big Hero 6 is actually more about Hiro and Baymax’s relationship, like a buddy cop movie. In fact, I think half the movie is more about how they care for each other and you only see them start superheroing during the latter part of the film! But you don’t really mind because of the way the two play off each other. It looks natural!
Sadly, this doesn’t leave that much room for the other four members of Big Hero 6 to really develop. You do see them early on and instantly understand each of their personalities in the introductory scenes but that’s all you’re left with. It’s a shame really. I really wanted to know more about the perky Honey Lemon, the tough and brash GoGo Tomago, the order and neat freak Wasabi and the zany and imaginative Fred. Maybe if they produce a sequel?
The story is mostly lighthearted and for kids. There is supposed to be this “big twist” regarding who the bad guy is but anyone older than eight will probably figure it out. The jokes work extremely well. There’s a lot of humor both adults and kids will enjoy so parents who are bringing their kids to see Big Hero 6 will not be bored out of their skull.
But the film isn’t all fun and games. The film actually does a great job of showing how to deal with the loss of a loved one. It also shows a realistic view of how a kid would react to death as well. Big Hero 6 also manages to tug on your heartstrings. I’m not ashamed to say I cried at certain points of the movie. It’s a roller coaster of emotions and I love it!
And most of the joy and sadness you’ll feel in the movie is because of Baymax. He’s probably the most wonderfully designed animated character from Disney yet! He may come off as naive and innocent but it’s not through any fault of his own. It’s all in his programming. I was afraid I would be annoyed with Baymax but the exact opposite happened! I would love to get a life sized Baymax doll so I could spoon him like a warm marshmallow. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one!
Big Hero 6 is already a fantastic movie by itself, well worth the price of admission. But Disney was kind enough to include a new animated short as well! Feast, shown just before Big Hero 6, is the tale of a puppy who gets adopted by a man. The really cool thing about Feast is that you get to see the story from the point of view of the dog!
It doesn’t really have any dialog to speak of (pun intended) but you can understand everything that’s happening just by watching all of the on-screen cues. It’s a brilliant and unique way of telling the story. Truth to be told, the actual story itself in ridiculously simple but by simply changing the perspective, Feast is told infinitely better!
The animation for Feast is actually very minimalistic and definitely not as colorful as the full-length feature it precedes. But I actually like the muted colors and it shows that you don’t need fancy graphics or state-of-the-art effects to tell a wonderful and heartwarming tale.
Overall, I can’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want to watch Big Hero 6 and/or Feast. I do hope Disney stops making Cars sequels and start making sequels for Big Hero 6 in the near future.
Have you seen Big Hero 6? What did you think of the film? Let me know what you thought of the film in the comments section below!