Disney. Walt Disney. They are best known for their magic filled, fairytale inspired films. They’re usually filled with plummy songs, true love and a happy ending. Well, they do now, and they work well together, in Big Hero 6. The film marks Disney’s first animated film to feature characters from the Marvel Universe. From the same team that created Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, here is a different sort of Disney film.
Inspired by the Marvel Comics team of the same name, Big Hero 6 tells of 14 year old Hiro (Ryan Potter). A young genius, he lives with his brother Tadashi, and their aunt Aunt Cass. While visiting Tadashi’s robotics lab, Hiro meets a personal healthcare robot named Baymax, which Tadashi has created. He encounters Tadashi’s friends, Go Go, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred. Along with Tadashi and co., Hiro is invited to show his brilliance at a festival and is accepted into the university that his brother attends. Shortly after, tragedy strikes on the campus of the university. Sadly, Tadashi is killed. Hiro, upon accidentally rebooting Baymax, realizes that his brother’s death was not accidental. Hiro, Baymax, and friends set out to find out who actually killed Tadashi and bring him to justice.
The story, for the most part, is predictable. Someone beloved dies, there’s a bit of adventure and the death is avenged, the end. However, it is enhanced with this flare that makes it feel unique as well as having one or two twits. BH6 gets you right in the emotions, more so than any other Disney film released to date. Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams have not held back with anything. For once, there is no romance. There is no girl falls in love with boy and they marry 24 hours later. Finally, Disney has taken a step in the right direction and done something different which is enjoyable for children and adults alike.
The extraordinary amount of effort and time that went into this film is astounding and it shows. All of that energy poured into this film shows, and it’s worth seeing the film for this accomplishment alone. The visuals are outstanding. While not as spectacular as other recently released animated films (some film about a dragon, perhaps), they are brilliant and a delight to look at. Just the visuals of San Fransokyo are reason enough to see the film. The whopping landscape, the distinct characters and the visual colours make this an outstanding and imaginative film.
The film is also fun because it’s full of easter eggs. Those with sharp eyes will notice characters from previous Disney films, along with several Marvel references. There is also a scene post credits, which is worth a look, especially if you are a Stan Lee fan.
I was actually sort of sorry that the film ended, as I really, really enjoyed it. Big Hero 6 is worth going to see, especially in 3D. With a fantastic soundtrack, epic visuals and a predictable, but great, story, it’s one of the best animated films Disney has come out with in a long time. It should be worth a little mention that what tops the film is the epic “Immortals” by Fall Out Boy that features partway through the film. The song fits so perfectly within the story. While it won’t have the same impact that Frozen had, it does have an impact. The film is nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. While it more than likely won’t win (How To Train Your Dragon 2 will more than likely get that honour, rightly so), Big Hero 6 has done well for itself.