"A visually stunning film that expertly and seamlessly combines Disney’s American style of animation with that of anime and Japanese culture"
From Walt Disney Animation studios comes ‘Big Hero 6’, and it is clear to see why this marvellous film has been nominated for an Oscar. Up for Best Animated Feature, Big Hero 6 is set in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, as we follow robotics nerd Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) who, when we first meet him, is wasting his gift on underground miniature robot fights.
Convinced by his older brother, Tedashi (Daniel Henny), to apply to his ‘nerd school’ of robotics, Hiro invents telepathically controlled micro-bots with almost limitless potential. However, after a life-altering moment, he unintentionally activates and befriends the inflatable healthcare robot Baymax (Scott Adsit) created by Tedashi. Baymax takes it upon himself to fulfil his programmed duties, so together, with the uniquely bizarre and huggable robot, Hiro and his friends team up to discover what really happened and to save the city from an evil super villain who has stolen Hiro’s invention.
A visually stunning film that expertly and seamlessly combines Disney’s American style of animation with that of anime and Japanese culture, directors Don Hall and Chris Williams have created a masterpiece of visual effects and character, as well as production design. It’s a heart warming, emotional film that will not only make you weep but cry with laughter as well, because, simply put, it’s hilarious.
Baymax is the ultimate source of comedy, he is adorable yet completely oblivious to what is going on around him most of the time, which often leads to side splitting behaviour (notably when his batteries start to run low). However, his care for Hiro and desire to fulfil his healthcare purpose create a huge attachment to this character. Even the data chip that is programmed with his personality is contained in a drive on the left side of his chest so you literally have to open his heart to change him. While the base morals and storyline of the film are nothing new, the way in which they are implemented and surrounded by such imaginative, fun characters makes up for it to the point where you’d barely notice.
This CGI mix of Disney and Marvel creates a force to be reckoned with, and it feels like Baymax is certainly here to stay. A true family film that will appeal to all ages, Bug Hero 6 is fun and packed full of action and adventure. A hero movie with a soft side, and one of the best animated films to come out in recent years!