My 2014 Movies: Big Hero 6 (#10)

I always look forward to the next in-house Disney animated film. They never really disappoint me. Even when they are lackluster they still have that charm that keeps you from hating it entirely. That’s because when they succeed, it’s definitely something to behold. With that said, I associate the cutoff date’s extension due in part to the opportunity to watch Big Hero 6. It didn’t feel right not talking about it when I could, so here’s what I thought about Disney’s newest outing.

Big Hero 6 is based on the Marvel comic by the same name. A teenage boy named Hiro lives in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo. He spent most of his days competing in underground robot cockfights until his older brother Tadashi inspired him to use his prodigal talents for something more beneficial to mankind. So Hiro comes up with a great idea to show off in an expo held at Tadashi’s college, hoping to get in. That night a mysterious fire strikes the event. Both Hiro’s invention and his brother don’t escape the fire.

A small time later, Hiro unearths Tadashi’s prided creation: Baymax, an inflatable robotic nurse who can diagnose anyone by scanning them. Hiro also detects that his invention may have been stolen during the fire, and it turns out he’s right. With the help of Baymax (who wishes to tend to Hiro’s fragile emotional state) and Tadahi’s friends, they become superheroes set on stopping a mysterious villain from using Hiro’s microbots to destroy the city.

Disney is known to attempt some deep topics in their animated films until recently. However, it’s good to see that between retellings of princess stories and fairytales they can still pull off something of this calibur. (No disrespect to those previous films, though).

This film’s best feature is its story. This is extremely well-written in terms of children’s films. This is a Marvel story, so characters are very strong and the conflict is pretty complex.

Hiro is a strong protagonist. He’s a bright kid who was dealt a bad hand. With that said, one of the film’s major themes is revenge. Similar to how Peter Parker hunted down the man who killed Uncle Ben, Hiro eventually comes face-to-face to the one who unintentionally killed his older brother. It’s then that Hiro has to decide whether it’s better to get even or to concede with them.

Revenge is a theme very common in Marvel stories, but not in Disney films. Not to say Disney has never handled revenge before, but not in the way Marvel does best. What Disney adds to this type of story is emotion, something Disney does best. When combined with Marvel’s general themes, tragic elements, and flashy action, results in one of the best animated features you’ll see.

Additional themes which both do very well at include death and mourning. In modern-day children’s films, this theme tends to become less and less prominent due to how heavy and potentially devastating death can be. This may be the most powerful part of the film. The whole film takes place during the mourning stage of death. You see Hiro go through the stages of acceptance throughout, and his journey to acceptance is so brilliantly done. It’s something that has to be seen to believed.

But story isn’t all that this film has going for it. I mean just look at it!

The animation is just one more thing that should and will pull you in. I see where there was Marvel influence comes in. I can tell Disney is getting better and better with their newfound in-house CG animation. It’s incredibly vibrant, colorful, and perfectly cartoony, just as a Disney movie should be. What sets this one apart from the other Disney movies is its technological, new-age style.

Voice acting is also wonderfully done. Each character has a distinct voice that propels their off-the-wall personalities. However, some of the characters (mainly two of them) have more subdued personalities to basically ground the film. Ryan Potter’s performance as Hiro and Scott Adsit’s Baymax stick out in my head most, especially since Baymax is the voice of this movie’s advertising campaign.

I’ll let you in on something I didn’t catch the first time. Stan Lee is in this movie! That’s awesome in and of itself.

Other great parts of the movie include its up-beat soundtrack. A good bit of pop mixed with instrumental, it does a nice job of being thrilling and emotional at the correct moments. This film also holds high-quality production values for an animated picture.

What else can I say? This is something that most if not all movie fans will eat up. This comes highly recommended to all Disney fans, families, and animation fans. To Marvel fans, this film is up your alley, too, especially if you follow the Big Hero 6 comics. The only people who may not care too much for it are those who don’t care for Disney movies. This movie may be good, but it won’t sway that particular crowd. But to just about everyone else, I don’t see any reason not to give this a watch.

I am pleased to know that this film made the Top 10 on this little countdown. It most certainly deserves it, just as it deserved the Oscar for Best Animated Picture.

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