Disney/Marvel has released their first animated property in Big Hero 6. Now just to be honest, I have not seen Wreck it Ralph, or Frozen, making Big Hero 6 the first of Disney animated films I have watched in a long time. And to add just a little more, besides The Lego Movie it’s really the only new animated film I have seen is a very long time. Didn’t see the 2 How to Train your Dragons, or the Despicable Me films. So I don’t have much to judge on. That said, putting Big Hero 6 up against The Lego Movie and all other films this year, it ranks pretty high.
Big Hero 6 stars an ensemble voice cast of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, T.J. Miller, Daniel Henney, and Maya Rudolph. It is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and is loosely based on the Marvel Comics of the same name. I say loosely because the writers took some liberties and changed a lot from the comics, which is not a bad a thing. I think it helps bring the characters to a broader audience.
Set in the fictional town of San Fransokyo, Big Hero 6 follows the story of a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (Potter) who after a tragic accident at a science convention loses his brother. Hero befriends his brothers robotic nurse invention named Baymax (Adsit), and the two are thrust in a mystery where he along with his brother’s robotic school class mates to stop a villain hell-bent on revenge.
The story seems nearly generic, but the film does a great job flipping it on its side with a very simple but out of nowhere twist. Which makes for a very intriguing script. The cast is pretty basic, but that’s expected. I’m not one who needs a big name cast in animated films. Let the trained voice actors do their jobs. However this cast is very functional. I would call T.J. Miller the break out voice, his character Fred is a very fun. As far as the characters go they are pretty cliché aside from Hiro and Baymax. But that is also to be expected. The most lovable and memorable character will definitely be Baymax. This lovable robot makes you just want to hug him. I left the theater wanting this robot for my own nurse! Although the characters can kind of seem generic, you do still connect to them. And the film draws you in. I even teared up a good amount in it.
There a few problems with the pacing of the film. The beginning of the film is very into character development with its main character and his brother, and in the 2nd act it can seem to be a little slow. Even its training montage is not as fun as you would like it to be. But as the twist begins to take us into its 3rd act, the film randomly jumps into its action pact finale. Also, even though it is an animated film, the villain is pretty one dimensional. I’m not saying we needed Koki, but a little more character development wouldn’t of hurt.
The visuals of the film are stunning though. The city of San Fransokyo transports you to a place that seems not only foreign, but familiar as well. You can see that Disney Animation and Pixar are truly merging into one incredible company. An example of this merger is ever so clear in the pre film short entitled Feast that follows a puppy and his enormous appetite and love for his master. True story, you’re going tear up before Big Hero 6 even starts, and if you don’t, you probably don’t have a soul. I didn’t watch this in 3D because I rend to not like 3D, however I could imagine this might be a good one to see in 3D if you are someone who likes it, or can tolerate on a case by case bases.
All in all I really enjoyed Big Hero 6 all though not as much as The Lego Movie. I’m giving it a Jeebus score of 5.0, with a .2 bonus for its surprise cameo that you really have to pay attention to see. That brings us to a 5.2, Multiple Viewings Required. And one final bit of advice, when you do go to see it, make sure you sit through those credits, because hey, this is a Marvel film after all……..