Big Hero 6 is an adventure where ordinary nerds unknowingly become superheros in a movie the entire family can enjoy together. A refreshing comic book style movie where Disney and Marvel fans rejoice over nerds with just enough heart and action to fuel even the most reluctant giant air filled marshmallow looking character to fight evil.
Set in the city of San Fransokyo, a 14 year old boy named Hiro Hamada, voiced by Ryan Potter, is too smart for his own good and finds an unusual way to use his intelligence with illegal bot fighting which always gets him in trouble with his caretaker, Aunt Cass, voiced by Maya Rudolph. His older brother Tadashi, voiced by Daniel Henney, takes Hiro to his school, San Fransokyo Tech, where he is inspired by all the cool people he meets and their creations but it is Professor Robert Callaghan, played by James Cromwell, that amazes Hiro since the Professor is the one who invented the magnetic bearings that Hiro uses in his battle bots. In an effort to win a coveted place on Callaghan’s team, boy creates microbots but when he shows off to an amazed crowd chaos ensues and his life is permanently changed.
During Hiro’s grief Baymax, played by Scott Adsit, tries to comfort him and it is then we begin to see what Baymax is capable of and their bond begins to form when they stumble upon a deep mystery and a masked villain.
Stan Lee’s Marvel characters always have flaws and the characters of Big Hero 6 all have their own but it is their intelligence and technology that sets them apart. GoGo Tomago, voiced by Jamie Chung, loves bubble gum and magic wheels. Wasabi, voiced by Damon Wayans Jr., is a neat freak whose alter ego uses plasma blades. Honey Lemon, voiced by Genesis Rodriguez, loves chemistry but her innocent nature really transforms when her super powers emerge. Fred, voiced by T.J. Miller, plays the mascot of San Fransokyo Tech but his alter ego is a fire breathing character with claws.
When San Fransokyo comes under attack Hiro transforms his friends into unlikely heroes and calls themselves Big Hero 6.
Baymax is a lovable, large white inflatable character who somehow magically charms his way into your heart, makes you laugh, and leaves you in tears at the same time. Some of his favorite sayings are “On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your pain?”, “Are you satisfied with your care?” and “Tadashi is here.” but it is his “Fa la la la la” saying and moves that children, and some adults, will repeat over and over and over.
Parental advisory: (Spoiler Alert)
There is a tremendous fire in the movie and several references to death.
As any true Marvel fan knows, stay until the very end. Trust me. It is worth it, although we will not tell you what is in the final scene of the film. You just have to see it for yourself.
Thank you to Director John Hall for loving Marvel so much and exploring the Marvel vaults to find the Big Hero 6 project to bring to life. Surprisingly Big Hero 6 is one of our top movies for 2014 as nerds typically are not the heroes in a movie but Disney shows that brains really do matter and hopefully inspires a new generation of children to explore science and embrace their inner nerd in Disney’s 54th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
[quote]From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie GoGo Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”[/quote]
Big Hero 6 is rated PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements.
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Media tickets to an advanced screening were provided to facilitate the Big Hero 6 movie review.