With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends— adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred — who transform into a band of unlikely heroes.
So, I’m a gigantic fan of animated movies. They’re pretty much my favorite film genre (would they actually be considered a genre, or would it be better to use some broader term?). I think most of the stuff that comes out these days isn’t all that great, but animated movies definitely stand out – they usually have better themes, better soundtracks, and more genuinely funny scenes than the majority of films that Hollywood has been churning out recently. Agreed?
But that being said, I didn’t expect to enjoy (let alone love) Big Hero 6. The only sort of trailer I saw for it was a clip from the part when Baymax’s battery is low and he’s being all crazy, so I thought it’d be some stupid movie with a lot of dumb humor. Plus, what I’d heard of the story didn’t excite me (based off an obscure Marvel comic book + robots = nope) and overall, I didn’t get why my brother was so eager to see it. So I didn’t bother getting it from the library for months and months, until a couple weeks ago when I was stocking up on DVDs to watch over the holidays and I came across Big Hero 6 and decided to give it a try.
We watched it a couple days later, and may I just say…WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
In other words, I loved it! Big Hero 6 has emotional depth beyond what you normally would see in an animated film, and when I can cry hard and laugh hard over a movie, I know it’s good. Disney seems to be moving away from the trope of ‘nice character is dead…oops, he/she isn’t dead after all’ which is both heartbreaking (BING BONG) and quite brave. Parents were complaining that Inside Out and Big Hero 6 were too sad, and I could see that being true for a lot of little kids (and me, too – Elisabeth and I are still trying to get over certain characters’ death – and again, I say WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH).
The characters were awesome (I know I use that word too much, but they really were). Honey Lemon is my favorite member of the Nerd Lab and I like all the rest of them about the same. Hiro is properly cool, as is Tadashi. And Baymax, the one character I thought I’d be able to barely tolerate, was just as amazing as all the other characters – plus, he had some of the funniest lines. (So much of the dialogue in Big Hero 6 is gold, I’m telling you.) One thing I really liked was the great voice acting, especially from Ryan Potter, the guy who voiced Hiro. When he says “I’m satisfied with my care” during that one, super sad scene near the end, it breaks my heart because the emotion pouring into those five words is phenomenal. *snifffff*
I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH. There’s soooo many good things about it. It only took about two minutes for me to fall in love with the movie’s world (isn’t the concept of San Fransoyko one of the coolest things ever?), the characters, and basically everything. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Even though it made me cry even more than Inside Out (which is saying a lot).
Now I’m off to watch some seriously heartwrenching fanvideos…