Big Hero 6 (2014) is a touching and superbly animated superhero film produced by Walt Disney Animations Studies. Although, this is the first Disney animated film to feature characters from Marvel comics, the result of combining these two genres is truly stunning. The film somehow encapsulates themes of tragedy and comedy simultaneously and produces an action- packed story that is enthralling right from the start.
The film, directed by Chris Williams and Don Hall, follows the adventures of robotics prodigy Hiro (Ryan Potter) and his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) living with their Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph) following the death of their parents in the fictional city of “San Franksokyo.” When tragedy strikes, a robot built by Tadashi called Baymax (Scott Adsit) is on hand to help, as his sole purpose is to take care of people. Dangerous events influence Hiro to remodel Baymax and his friends Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Fred (T.J. Miller), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung) into a group of high- tech heroes.
Drama encapsulates as Hiro has a tendency to get involved in the illegal world of robot- fighting, for which he cleverly deceives opponents into thinking he is an underdog when his own robot is actually fully capable of beating everyone else’s. His opponents are understandable angry, leading to many a dangerous situation. Older brother Tadashi tries to set him straight by showing Hiro his university where he studies robotics, highlighting the many opportunities Hiro could use his talents for. He also introduces him to Baymax and the rest of his friends, soon to be the previously mentioned group of high- tech heroes.
With a new perspective and mind- set, Hiro sets his hopes on entering university with Takashi. He designs a completely new and progressive project of his own: microbots- swarms of tiny robots that can link together in any arrangement imagined by the user. However, a mysterious man in a Kabuki masks steals the project for his own evil needs. This leaves Hiro and his new high- tech heroes to defeat this villain.
The film is criticised for being clichéd. Apparently some of the jokes were predictable. This may have been the case as the film was marketed at a wide audience, including children. That said, a variety of jokes had an undercurrent of adult jokes designed to go over the heads of children yet simultaneously provide comedy for an adult audience. The most memorable being of course the most conversed about scene where Hiro takes home Baymax late at night “low on power” whilst trying not to wake his Aunt Cass; th
e symbolism being comparable to trying to take home a drunk and giddy friend.
The overall effect of such scenes is truly charming. The relationship between the characters, especially brother Hiro and Takashi, were touching. Baymax dominated and overwhelmed any scene he was in, but his relationship with Hiro was not only funny, but also touching. Combine that with the carefully thought out and colourful city of San Fransokyo and the result is a delightful and entertaining film. This energetic film is a must-see, and I predict it will be reflected on many times in years to come.
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