Big Hero 6 – ★ ★ ★ ★ DVD Review
You know, you should never bet against a mouse, even if you’re picking a dragon. Last night was the Oscars, and I forgot that cardinal rule. I picked How to Train Your Dragon 2 over Big Hero 6 and suffered for it. I also forgot that the Academy doesn’t really like sequels.
I watched Big Hero 6 and really enjoyed it. It was a super hero story, and it was a Marvel super hero story. It was a story of brothers, and it was a story of friends. The outsider finds similar minded people to himself, and a group of heroes are born. It’s also a story of revenge. Young Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) is a genius, and follows his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) to his “nerd school” where he has created a medical assisting robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit). Hiro presents an experiment at a technology expo to apply for the school, and impresses with his invention of mentally controlled micro-bots. He impresses Professor Callaghan (James Cromwell) and rich (and possibly unethical) industrialist Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk) who immediately wants to purchase the young boy’s invention. Declining the offer so he can go to school with his brother, Hiro and Tadashi leave the expo just before the building explodes. Tadashi races back into the building to rescue Professor Callaghan, but neither of the two escape the burning building. Young Hiro is distraught, and locks himself away from the world, including his new friends from the University: Fred (T.J. Miller), Go Go (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez). Hiro discovers that his microbots have been taken from the expo wreckage and are being controlled by a villain in a kabuki mask. When he and Baymax can’t stop him, he finally relents and lets his friends help, and when that doesn’t work, using science, he upgrades their experiments and they become superheroes.
A great origin tale, and a lot of fun. It was definitely aimed at kids, though it did evoke those classic Disney feelings, where a loved one is killed like Bambi’s mother, or Simba’s father, or in this case Hiro’s brother. The film really combines Marvel fun and excitement with Disney storytelling and humour. Baymax is both the heart of the team and the humour; sometimes he is childlike and at others he is the sage old wizard. The team building is a little rushed, but the film was only an hour and forty minutes, so it was difficult to completely flesh out the cast, but for what it was able to do, I applaud the film. We do get a pretty good feel as to who the members of Big Hero 6 are, or will be.
The animation was good, though it was fairly standard CGI fare for today. The characters were a little anime influenced, as we were set in the fictional town of San Fransokyo. The voice cast was very good, and mixed in a series of fairly recognizable voices that didn’t feel like they were brought in just to add some “celebrity weight” to the cast. It may not have been The Lego Movie, but it was still very fun, and that Immortals song by Fall Out Boy really stuck in my head after watching it.
Bottom Line: Don’t forget this is a Marvel movie! As with all of their films, there is a scene after the credits.
Posted on 15-02-23, in 4 Star, Comic Book Movies, Movie Reviews and tagged after the credits, Alan Tudyk, Baymax, Damon Wayans Jr., Daniel Henney, Fred, Genesis Rodriguez, Go Go Tomago, Hiro, Honey Lemon, James Cromwell, Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Ryan Potter, San Fransokyo, Scott Adsit, Stan Lee, T.J. Miller, Tadashi, Wasabi. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.