If you have ever wondered what a Marvel super hero movie would be like if it was animated and written in a style like Frozen, Disney has answered your question with one of the most creatively pieced together super hero films in a long time.
Big Hero 6 brings us a team that has existed in Marvels comic universe for nearly 20 years, but unlike the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe films it is heavily inspired by the comics, but far from accurate. Fortunately with the Big Hero 6 comics being relatively unknown this is unlikely to disappoint any film goers as it does not try to be anything it is not, just an excellent animated film that is engaging, but not difficult to follow.
The story follows Hiro, a young genius who is trying to find why his brother died with the help of his brother’s creation, Baymax. Baymax is an inflatable robot with A.I., designed to operate healthcare companion robot (a robotic nurse). The two of them team up with Hiro’s brother’s friends (Fred, Go Go, Wasabi and Honey Lemon) to form the team Big Hero 6. The story is both the telling of Hiro’s story as he forges a relationship with Baymax through his personal tragedy and an origin story for the Big Hero 6 team. And somehow the film services both without overburdening the movie or cutting one element of the film short.
Aside from its brilliant art style, Big Hero 6’s biggest strength is its humour and its best humour comes from Baymax’s childlike ignorance and complete lack of spatial awareness. The latter allows for some excellent physical comedy that I honestly never thought animated films could pull of the way that Big Hero 6 does it. The film really does manage to bring the excitement of a Marvel film and present it with the charm of a Disney film that just works in every possible way.
The voice acting all round is solid, the style we have come to expect from Disney’s animated films, but a special shout out is required for Genesis Rodriguez and T.J Miller, where I found their style of voice acting brought so much personality to their characters.
As far as Blu-ray features go, I was pleasantly surprised by the selection. The first inclusion is the academy award winning short Feast, which is a short film six minutes long that follows a dog and its quest to find the tastiest food. I cannot delve too far into it without giving away its six minute plot but it is definitely worth a watch. Also included is the short Mickey Mouse: Tokyo Go, which really did not appeal to my personal taste but it was something different (and who will complain too much about variety). The deleted scenes were interesting as they were all cut before the film was animated so they are in a story board fashion with a quick explanation from the directors about each scene. Added to that were Hiro’s Journey and Big Animator 6 which delved into the behind the scenes of the film which were absolutely fascinating.
9.1/10 – All in all Big Hero 6 is the perfect all round family movie, with humour that should appeal to younger and older audiences, a fun story that engages you while introducing the characters which will hopefully follow through to a sequel. The action is fun to watch but with very low level violence it should be fine for most children to watch, it really is the perfect Blu-ray for a family lazy Sunday.
NZ Rating: PG – Low level Violence
Run time: 102 mins