Disney has another hit on their hands with the big-screen adaptation of Marvel Comics’ Big Hero 6. They’ve accomplished exactly what producers set out to when scouring through the unused properties of the mighty publisher. Filmmakers took a forgotten super hero title and attempted to give it a new lease on life.
Prodigy Hiro Hamada and an inflatable robot named Baymax have developed a special bond with each other. The city of San Fransokyo suffers a devastating event that jeopardizes the safety of its citizens. Hiro joins forces with his friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred to form a team of high-tech heroes called Big Hero 6. Together they must uncover the mystery of who’s to blame for the damage which has befallen the great city.
Big Hero 6 is filled with likable characters who contribute something to the team. Each one has their own unique look and attitude towards their heroic actions. Every child in the audience will find something in common with one of the different members of the group.
The visual concepts for Big Hero 6 are breathtaking. The city of San Fransokyo is a clever mash-up of its namesakes. It’s a futuristic metropolitan bringing together American and Japanese culture which doesn’t seem all that far off from where we’re headed in the real world.
The animation of Big Hero 6 is a clever blend of Disney’s signature CG look with an anime flavor injected into it. It’s a smart move at a time when younger kids are into Asian movies and shows like Fairy Tale, Pokemon, and Disney’s distributed Studio Ghibli properties. The combination of styles is a perfect way to attract a broader audience to the film.
The unofficial “mascot” of Big Hero 6 is an inflatable robot named Baymax. His design is based on real world technology doctors have started using to treat patients that are sensitive to the touch. They take this idea and run with it as the loveable Baymax believes his teammates to be patients he needs to take care of and keep safe.
Big Hero 6 is rated PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements. All of these minor issues aside, it’s a great movie for the whole family to enjoy together. I’m sure some younger children will find certain points scary for them. They might be frightened of the main villain’s mask and look as well.
Everything about Big Hero 6 points to it being a perfect movie to launch a new franchise for both Disney and Marvel. I find it strange that Marvel has gone out of its way to visually distance itself from the movie. You can’t find a logo for the company anywhere in it. A surprise appearance in the post-credits scene definitely cements the comic book publisher’s imprint onto the film, even if it isn’t through the use of the familiar fanfare seen at the beginning of every live-action Marvel movie.