Big Hero 6 is the latest Disney effort and the 54th film in their Disney Classics series. Big Hero 6 was inspired by the Marvel superhero team of the same name and tells the story of Hiro, a robotics nerd who eventually forms a team of superheros to fight a masked villain. So basically this is a Marvel film but in the form of a Disney animation – its obviously awesome!
Disney are so clever as releasing a film with such a focus on superheroes was always going to get great results. We live in a culture obsessed with superheroes and films about them and Disney know we can’t get enough of them so installing them into an animation was a stroke of genius. The superhero theme in this movie was great and I loved watching the origin story of this team, it was done very well. This film will appeal to a wide audience, kids are going to love it and adults however I genuinely think that its biggest audience will be nerds. The film is so nerdy and it even states so, coupled with this was some brilliant characters who envision what nerds are like, most notably Fred (T.J. Miller). Fred was a great character and represents many of the fans who will enjoy this movie. Big Hero 6 probably isn’t the most original film you will ever see and it does borrow scenes from past films however what it lacks in originality it makes up for with its relevance as it is just so relevant for today’s culture. The main robot in this film Baymax (Scott Adsit) could be compared to The Iron Giant or Toothless however it doesn’t matter because the character is so awesome anyway. That is definitely a strength to the movie, its characters. The main character Hiro (Ryan Potter) was just great. He is a cool guy who you constantly route for, his relationship with Baymax is great too. His character is where most of the emotion in this film comes from, it feels real and on all occasions you feel these emotions as Hiro feels them, Big Hero 6 was really engaging with this aspect. The supporting characters are all great too but what is so good about them is that none of them overshadowed Hiro but instead just added to his character, they were unique and interesting but never take too much attention away from the main man!
Big Hero 6 is set in the fictional futuristic city of San Fransokyo, a mash up of San Francisco and Tokyo. This was a fantastic setting for the movie and I loved its design, I found myself just looking into the background of loads of scenes to find out more of the design, it was so well thought through – I loved this aspect of the film. The film has some great action sequences and like the How To Train Your Dragon films it has scale and excitement that aren’t always present in animated movies. This film is also really funny, one of the main reasons it will appeal to a wide variety of people. Even in its repeated gags it manages to keep the laughs going, this can be a problem usually in animated movies but not here as Big Hero 6 always delivered with this element. There is also an original song featured in the film and end credits, Immortals by Fall Out Boy. I really enjoyed this song and thought it worked perfectly with the film and the scene that it was included in. Big Hero 6 was the perfect follow up from Frozen in my opinion as Disney have shown us that they want to make films for both boys and girls.
Big Hero 6 is brilliant and is one of Disney’s greatest films. Disney handle the superhero theme so well and they construct it within a culture that will lap it up. As always likeable characters have been crafted here which you really do care about. The film is effortlessly funny and has fantastic action. There are a few minor flaws in the film but these can be excused because of the amount of heart in it, Big Hero 6 is a film that delivers on every single element and has endless re-watchability.
BIGGEST FLAW – A couple of scenes felt rushed
BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT – Hard to pick just one but the loveable characters created here
Rating – 10/10