Big Hero 6 in a Nutshell
Baymax! The affable robot featured in trailers and promotional work really works in the movies favor. I never thought Disney would be able to draw me in emotionally to a marshmallow robot, but time and time again they continue to pull at my strings. Counting their collaborations with Pixar, the last movie of theirs to honestly pull at me was Toy Story 3. Now while, Big Hero 6, wasn’t anywhere near that level, I feel like it was their best work since then. While Brave and Toy Story 3, and Wreck it Ralph were their best movies in recent memory, I want to say that Big Hero 6 can hold its own when compared to those. Even when I try to compare it against itself, there was something about this one that hooked me from the start. It follows the base story behind a majority of Disney movies; close family, tragic death, depression mode, followed up by finding oneself and honoring said family member’s name. The reason Big Hero 6 works so well is probably the same reason all the Nintendo games work. No matter the variations each title has, we are drawn in because of the possibility that that could be us. When you try to look past the basics of this Disney movie, you can also find out that it’s a Marvel movie as well! Granted it was one of Marvel’s smaller and more obscure titles, but it’s still a Marvel movie nonetheless! It even got a boost from X-Men legend Chris Claremont in the early parts of this decade. But alas, it has not been reborn in its comic roots since then. Anyway, I digress from the movie aspect of this review. The scene is based in the fictional city of San Francisco/Tokyo à la San Fransokyo. We follow the life and times of Hiro Hamda as he struggles between robotic fights and realizing his full potential. His brother Tadashi acts as his guardian/mentor due to an unfortunate accident that came upon their parents; and from there the story unfolds. Disney/Marvel really spends timely minutes to dedicating certain aspects to the story. I think this is what really helps them maintain freshness with each story regardless with how similar every story they tell is. From here we are introduced to each character and how they all form their eventual team to save the day. As far as the voice talent lent to this piece of work, the biggest names I recognize are Damon Wayans Jr. and Maya Rudolph; although, I am not saying that everyone else doesn’t hold their own. Quite the contrary, everyone does their respective characters justice and I’m interested to see where else they have popped up or will pop up. Then when talking about other aspects of the movie, the pacing, editing, score, and practically everything else made it fun and enjoyable to watch. I honestly found hardly anything I disliked about the movie. Although, I do want to hold off on saying it’s in the higher tier of Disney movies simply because I don’t want to put it in that rarefied air just yet. No matter your opinion on Disney movies, whether they are repetitive or what have you, I implore you to check this out. And of course no Marvel movie would be complete without the end credits scene and Stan Lee!