Big Hero 6(2014)
- RatedPG /GenreAction, Animation, Comedy
Big Hero 6
In the last decade, Walt Disney Animation Studios seemed to languish in the shadow of its hipper, cooler younger sibling Pixar.
Sometime after the turn of the decade, the tables appeared to have turned. Pixar, while still producing high-quality work, is falling a little short of its former stratospheric standards.
Walt Disney Animation, on the other hand, is on a resurgence of sorts. With a style that blends computer and hand-drawn animation, the studio has been producing notable works – ‘Tangled’, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and of course, the movie most children are still trying to let go… ‘Frozen’.
With ‘Big Hero 6’, an adaptation of an obscure Marvel Comics property, Disney is putting its stamp on the superhero genre, but with distinctly Disney methods.
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The movie is about a boy, Hiro Hamada, a 14-year-old prodigy who has already graduated from high school and is spending his time in illegal robot fights.
His older brother, Tadashi, takes Hiro to his robotics lab at the university where Hiro is wowed by his brother’s friends, namely GoGo Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred.
Tadashi shows Hiro his own invention, Baymax, a roly-poly vinyl healthcare worker robot.
Tragedy strikes not long after, and Hiro is left to deal with death and loss, elements that feature quite strongly in this movie.
Hiro is a complex character: A child genius on the brink of puberty, dealing with very grown-up issues. It is to voice actor Ryan Potter’s credit that Hiro never crosses over to the unlikable side in the midst of darkness and chaos.
Even so, ‘Big Hero 6’ remains a remarkably funny and cheerful film.
Part of it is due to the world the characters inhibit – the fantastically named San Fransokyo, a colourful mishmash pastiche of San Francisco and Tokyo. Even the technology in this world is a bizarre mix of futuristic old-meets-new functionality.
The movie wholeheartedly celebrates the inner nerd in every person, urging its characters to build and create things.
Visually, the movie is brimming with inventiveness and energy, bouncing from one scene to the next with aplomb.
And at the core, are its quirky characters.
Accompanying Hiro is his verbose Aunt Cass, the enigmatic GoGo, the quirky Honey Lemon, the slightly neurotic Wasabi, the slacker Fred, and of course, Baymax. It’s impossible not to love the protective and overly literal robot, which is the source of many laughs in the show.
Baymax acts as the constant rock in Hiro’s life and is a compassionate character, and him walking funny doesn’t hurt his appeal either.
Between Baymax and Groot from ‘The Guardians of The Galaxy’, Disney is going to sell a lot of toys this Christmas.
With ‘Big Hero 6’, Disney stamps their presence in the crowded superhero genre. And even though it may be a little too noisy at times, the show stands out with its unabashed sense of optimism while dealing with grief.
‘Big Hero 6’ opens in cinemas 13 November 2014