Big Hero 6: 5/5 Stars


The story of Big Hero 6 centers on Hiro, voiced by Ryan Potter. Hiro is a gifted and bright teen, living in the city of San Fransokyo, a breathtaking mashup of San Francisco’s trams and bridges with Tokyo’s sky-high structures and colors. Hiro graduated from high school at 13, and with a lot of free time on his hands, puts his talents to use by building robots to use in illegal street battles. His older brother, Tadashi (voiced by Daniel Henney) urges him to join him at his college research lab, where Tadashi and his friends are busy designing the next generation of technology.

When Tadashi is lost in an accident, Hiro is left with a friendly-looking inflatable emergency medical robot, Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit). Baymax senses Hero’s pain over losing Tadashi and tries to find a cure in his logical, robotic way. Children and adults will come to love Baymax and will laugh at his attempts to discover the world around him as he tries to understand humans, like how to give a fist bump, which he comically attempts.

Similar to many of Disney’s films, Big Hero 6 tackles a lot of difficult subject matters that children may face in an understandable way. The two central lessons in the movie are dealing with the death of a loved one and finding compassion and forgiveness.

Like any super-hero movie, Hiro is faced with a bad guy, who in this case, has stolen his invention. He and Tadashi’s college buds team up to save the day and bring justice. There is, of course, a major plot twist, and instead of adding unnecessary conflict to the plot (*cough* Frozen *cough*), the reveal actually leads to the resolution, when Hiro learns to forgive and finally makes peace with the loss of his brother.

Another strong pull in the film is it’s centralization of technology and inventions. As Lisa Kennedy from Denver Post put it, “Big Hero 6 celebrates nerd culture. And not merely the pop-culture-obsessed version (comic books) but the let’s-invent-something-cool kind. Hey, kids, this PG flick asserts that it’s good to be taken with technology, crushed out on code, and wowed by chemistry.” This serves as an inspiration to kids to not dream about becoming a superhero, but to use their brains and skills to become one.

Disney not only created a very unique and incredibly detailed location with their San Fransokyo, they also created characters you instantly care about. The result is a super hero team that celebrates science and its geeks, always laughing with them, never at them. The animations are the best and most impressive seen on film to date, the action is well-timed, the jokes are funny and the emotions grab you right by the collar. All in all, with the diverse cast, beautiful scenes, intriguing plot, and stunning animation, Big Hero 6 is a big winner. So what are you waiting for? This film runs 102 minutes. Remember to stay after the credits roll for a little something extra.