STARRING: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Daniel Henney, TJ Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell and Alan Tudyk
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
We’re taking into the city of San Fransokyo (San Francisco/Tokyo hybrid) where we follow Hiro Hamada, a teenage prodigy who only seems to use his intellect and creative skills to enter illegal bot-fights in seedy back-alleys of the city. His older brother Tadashi tries to change Hiro’s lifestyle by having him craft his skills by attending the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, where Tadashi is a student, showing him his project, an inflatable ‘nurse’ robot named Baymax. A life changing event occurs which leads to San Fransokyo being in danger catapults Hiro into action alongside Baymax and close friends, transforming themselves into a band of high-tech heroes called ‘Big Hero 6’.
Right now, Disney Animation Studios are on a roll and have now come out with an adaptation of Marvel’s Big Hero 6 comics, though with some noticeable changes (particularly in the Baymax design). The film essentially deals on the subject of dealing with grief and loss and this is where they bring Baymax to the front and steals the entire film. The character itself, as well as the revamp of his appearance (Marshmellow man-esque with two dots joined by a line for eyes), with Adsit’s voice acting making him instantly loveable with his soothing deliveries. The film works mostly when it’s just the developing relationship between Hiro and Baymax that’s often been compared to that of The Iron Giant. Another positive is the animation, which is top notch in the film, particularly in the action sequences that take place in the final act of the film.
The downside to the film however is that outside of the Hiro and Baymax collaboration, I didn’t really care for the friends that join Hiro on his superhero quest (Go Go, Fred, Wasabi and Honey Lemon) as characters, though each do have their moment to shine for just a little while. Also the villain is weak, it’s almost Scooby-Doo-esque with it’s reveal (and one I called as soon as he appeared).
Villain may be weak and the ending may be too convenient but that’s not going to stop me from praising the animation, the Hiro and Baymax dynamic and the overall themes of the film. 7/10