The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
‘Big Hero 6’ is the latest film from Disney animation (and not a sequel, despite the title!) about a young robotics genius living in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo (yeah, you get what they’ve done here). It’s based on a Marvel comic book, but my understanding is that their involvement in the filmmaking process has been limited, perhaps a surprise given the enormous success they’ve had recently with live action films. The film starts off with a ‘Robot Wars’ esque battle, where the young genius, Hiro (Ryan Potter) takes on a far bigger robot with one of his own creations, a much smaller microbot. On the back of this, his brother, Tadashi (Daniel Henney) steers him away from these back alley fights and takes him to the robotics lab at his university, where he meets several of Tadashi’s friends and a robot that he created called Baymax (Scott Adsit).
After a tragic event occurs, Hiro sinks into depression and secludes himself from his friends, with only Baymax to keep him company. He is sparked back into action when he discovers someone has stolen his microbots idea, and this forms the thrust of the movie. As we’ve come to expect from Disney, the animation is terrific and the voicework is strong throughout the cast, whilst the script itself injects a fair amount of humour into proceedings. Perhaps more unusually, the film is surprisingly touching and the relationship that develops between Hiro and Baymax explores deeper themes than one would expect from an animated film aimed at children (that isn’t Pixar). Baymax helps Hiro come to terms with tragedy, and he helps him understand a better path to overcoming loss, whilst the conclusion of the film teaches Hiro a great deal about loss, sacrifice and moving on.
Out of the acting talent behind the characters, James Cromwell is a particular highlight as Professor Callaghan, head of the university robotics programme, whilst Scott Adsit’s deadpan voice is a perfect match for Baymax. Overall, ‘Big Hero 6’ is a solid piece of animation from Disney with an engaging storyline and more layers than you’d expect from an action packed animation about robots. One for the kids (and the adults!) to enjoy.
Directed By: Don Hall & Chris Williams
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T. J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Daniel Henney, Alan Tudyk and Stan Lee