Cert: PG Runtime: 114 mins Director: Don Hall & Chris Williams Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez and T.J. Miller
There are no red lights during car chases!
Big Hero 6 has been out in the States since November, here in the UK we have to wait until the end of January. I was lucky enough to catch a preview of Big Hero 6, Disney Animation’s first feature since Frozen (which isn’t going away at all!) This is the complete opposite to Frozen, first of all no singing and no Snowman. What is Big Hero 6 about then? Troubled 14-year-old technology prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) lives in the futuristic hybrid city of San Fransokyo. Helping him through his difficult teenage years is huggable, lovable, giant inflatable healthcare robot Baymax (Scott Adsit). When a mysterious villain emerges to threaten the city, Hiro rises to the challenge. He joins forces with can-do chemistry genius Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), comicbook fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller), burly beatnik Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr) and taciturn adrenaline junkie GoGo Tomago (Jamie Chung). Together, these nerds must overcome their fears and transform themselves into superheroes. But the biggest challenge will be to turn bumbling, caring Baymax into an avenger. First, he has to be squeezed into his big red carbon fibre battle suit!
Disney Animation Studios surely have had another hit with Big Hero 6? For me it was brilliant! Far more entertaining then Frozen to begin with, it’s on the same level as Wreck It Ralph. One of the first things of merit is the way the film looks. The vibrant city of San Fransokyo may occasionally make you forget it isn’t real. The opening shot is particularly beautiful, and a great way of letting the audience know they’re in for some gorgeous scenery. The animation itself throughout the film is quite stunning, too. The subtle movement-related details enhance the experience even though it isn’t right up-front.The characters in this movie really, truly stand out. There’s plenty of diversity–not only in race, but in body types, interests, personalities, and dialogue. The Big Hero 6 become a team of people all distinctly different from one another, but that doesn’t hinder their teamwork or the care they have for each other. While you don’t get to find out too much about the stories of Wasabi no Ginger, Honey Lemon, Gogo Tomago, and Fred, they’re bound to stick with you regardless. The heart of the film is Hiro’s relationship with Baymax, and how that develops during some rather difficult times. These two are written beautifully, and in a way that stayed true to who they were even while so much happened and changed. There’s a good chance you’ll get a bit teary-eyed at least once.The story is also hilarious and action-packed, but perhaps one of the most meaningful parts of this film is the themes it deals with: loss, grief, and the importance of mental health as well as physical health. Big Hero 6 is worth anybody’s time.