Superheroes, superheroes, superheroes, that's all we're seeing today, even Disney are doing it! But Disney animations venture into the realm of comic books is a welcome one, with fun characters, great action and one of the most adorable robots in cinema history.
Based on the Marvel comic book and set in the fictional, hybrid city of San Fransokyo, "Big Hero 6" is the story of Hiro (Ryan Potter), a young science prodigy whose miraculous invention ends up in the wrong hands. He must assemble a team to take down a masked villain and restore order.
Directors Don Hall (Winnie The Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt) struck the perfect balance between Japanese anime and American style animation to create a profoundly beautiful looking film.
This is based off the Marvel comic book, but don't expect Iron Man and Thor to be flying on screen in this adaptation. This is a new group of heroes in a film that hints at its Marvel origins but is fundamentally Disney.
"Big Hero 6" is full of genre conventions but it never loses its heart, this is a surprisingly emotional film because of its fantastic characters. It's ethnically diverse cast of heroes are a fun bunch but you'll leave this film having fell in love with one character in-particular. Disney have struck gold again, the character of Baymax (Scott Adsit) is a compassionate robot that takes everything at face value. Hiro's huggable companion was a creation of Hiro's older brother, Tadashi, created as a personal healthcare robot, Hiro transforms this walking pillow into a butt kicking superhero that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.
The other four heroes that make up the group are Tadashi's college friends are expertly voiced by TJ Miller (Transformers: Age Of Extinction), Damon Wayans Jr (Lets Be Cops), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch) and Genesis Rodriguez (Tusk). Unfortunately the cast of characters never get the attention they deserve, hopefully more time will be spent on them in a sequel.
Another character who doesn't get the right amount of attention is the villain, for the majority of run time he is a faceless presence with no dialogue and no real motive. It's only in the final act that things are made clear for us.
The action scenes are relentless and exciting, yet always filled with humor. Some of the set pieces are so visually stunning that they give some live action superhero films a run for their money.
"Big Hero 6" carries messages of family, science, education and friendship, which makes for an inspiring and heartfelt resolution that will leave you wanting more.
The film's final action scene is emotional but predictable, awe inspiring yet conventional. It unfortunately like all other superhero flicks ends with a mcguffin being placed in the sky, which our heroes must destroy to save the world.
Other than its genre conventions, "Big Hero 6" is a unique film, a diverse cast, a hybrid animation style and breathtaking action make for a solidly entertaining and sincere film that all the family will love.