Big Hero 6
Disney Animation Studios
Reason for the Rating: Action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements.
Plot Summary: Six friends (including an inflatable robot) join forces to overcome an evil villain.
PopFam Recommends: So much fun—gather the whole family for this one, and enjoy the ride.
Last year Disney released Frozen, much to the delight of little girls everywhere. And while Frozen was a beautiful story filled with interesting characters and ear-catching music, it wasn’t a movie boys were generally excited to see (at least not over and over again like the little girls I know). This year, Disney has released a movie for boys and girls alike. Loosely based on a Marvel comic, Big Hero 6 has characters with depth, an interesting plot, and lots and lots of action.
Big Hero 6 centers around Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), a 14-year old genius who is using his brilliance to earn money in the lucrative (and illegal) business of robot-fighting. Thankfully Hiro has an older brother, Tadashi (Daniel Henney), who teases Hiro’s brain and competitive nature into doing something more valuable and challenging with his talents. But just when Hiro seems to be excited about his future, there’s a tragic accident that changes everything. This is when Hiro gets to know Baymax (Scott Adsit), a large, inflatable robot, created by Tadashi as a “Personal Healthcare Companion.”
The development of characters was interesting. We see Hiro turn from a boy interested only in bot-fighting to a young man willing to risk his life for another. His transformation is brought on through his friendship with Baymax. As Hiro grieves, Baymax simply tries to make him better (that is his job, as a Personal Healthcare Companion). In his attempt to cheer Hiro up, Baymax ends up discovering an evil villain, Yokai, with ties to an invention Hiro would rather forget. Needing a little help, Hiro recruits four friends. Using their individual strengths and interests, he transforms them into superheroes, and together they seek Yokai’s hiding place and use their new abilities to destroy him.
Explosions, car chases, and fight scenes surround the plotline of Big Hero 6, and make it an exciting and delightful film to watch. The suspense created as Baymax and Hiro seek out Yokai in the dead of night on the docks, lends to building a story that keeps children and parents interested. When followed by an exciting car chase, everyone is thrilled. Only the addition of comedy could make such a scene better, and audiences will not be disappointed by the number of times they find themselves laughing out loud. Jokes, puns, and silly situations found funny by adults and children alike, make for a movie everyone enjoys.
One of the special things about Big Hero 6 is the emotion created by this animated film. The character development is done in such a way that audiences find themselves drawn in and invested in what happens to Baymax and Hiro. Their friendship is precious, and we feel the connection they share. As Hiro finally confronts Yokai and he only wants revenge, we feel his anger. Which makes the message of doing what’s right all the more powerful. Revenge might feel good at the time, but it’s not necessarily the right choice. Even revenge has emotional consequences.
Mystery, suspense, action, friendship, a great story, and everyone in the family will love it. Big Hero 6 is a movie your whole family will want to see, and see again.
Special features are plentiful on the Blu-ray "Collector's Edition" of this movie. "Deleted Scenes" is kind of blah, but "The Origin Story of Big Hero 6: Hiro's Journey" is must-see for anyone in your family who enjoys this movie. Also, the "Feast" theatrical short is a winner - go ahead and watch that one right before you watch Big Hero 6; it'll make you feel like you're back in the theatre watching it all for the first wonderful time.
Let’s Talk About It
Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:
• How can we balance our desire for revenge with a need to forgive others? Give your best advice for an answer.
• What surprised you about the ending of Big Hero 6? Explain.
• How was Baymax a friend to Hiro? List your ideas. In what ways is God a friend like Baymax?
Note: All product-related graphics in this article are standard publicity/promotional shots and are owned by their respective publisher.