UK Release Date: 30th January 2015
Runtime: 108 minutes
Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Writer: Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L Baird
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, TJ Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Génesis Rodríguez, Maya Rudolph
Synopsis: When his brother dies in a fire, a young robotics genius obtains a strange healthcare robot.
Disney Animation Studios is on something of a roll at the moment, in the wake of double success with Wreck-It Ralph and the unstoppable juggernaut that is Frozen. Their latest film, Big Hero 6, is a fun animated romp that adapts an obscure Marvel comic into a colourful family film.
Hiro (Ryan Potter) is a robotics prodigy, who spurns his talents on illegal fighting whilst his brother studies the medium at university. When a fire kills his brother, Hiro inherits healthcare robot Baymax (Scott Adsit). Things soon start to change when Hiro and Baymax run into a masked villain, leading to the formation of a team of heroes.
It was only a matter of time before Disney made their own grab for a slice of the Marvel pie. Wisely, they have chosen to adapt a little-known property and have done so in a genuinely impressive way. Big Hero 6 is a bubbly, imaginative film bursting with the kind of sweetness and light that makes Disney films great.
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The film is set in the wonderfully realised city of San Fransokyo, which proves engrossing with its hybridisation of American and Japanese culture. It’s a rare example of cinema that portrays globalisation as a positive development. In fact, its underground world of bot fighting and advanced technology warrants a film on its own.
Big Hero 6, though, gets a little bit confused about what it’s trying to be. The film is initially deeply intriguing, delving into Hiro’s relationship with his brother and his grief at his death. However, it then segues away from character development into the kind of whizz-bang superhero beat-em-up fans of Marvel are accustomed to seeing. Whilst both aspects of the story work, it feels as if Big Hero 6 could’ve done with a touch more character to help the action fly.
The film does hit gold, though, with Baymax. The huggable health droid is right up there with Despicable Me’s minions as one of modern animation’s most memorable creations. He is a bundle of fun, from his delightfully awkward movements to voice actor Scott Adsit’s flawlessly upbeat delivery. Every kid – and plenty of adults to boot – will want a Baymax toy for Christmas.
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Despite its flaws, Big Hero 6 is a consistently entertaining film. There are laughs to spare and ice cool visuals, especially during the third act blowout. It doesn’t quite hold together towards the end, but it remains pleasing to the eye and a great laugh. It’s yet another hit for Disney Animation.
Pop or Poop?
With the adorable Baymax at its heart, Big Hero 6 is the latest success from the creative minds behind the likes of Frozen.
It might be a little short on character development, but it works very nicely as an origin story for the eponymous alliance and is a hugely entertaining way to pass a couple of hours.
Now let the petitions begin for Baymax to get a spot in the next Avengers film.
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