Although there’s no such thing as a guaranteed sure fire winning formula when it comes to creating a hit movie ।the makers of new 3D film Big Hero 6 have definitely stacked the deck in their favour. The animated feature made it to the big screen courtesy of the combined efforts of two of the world’s most successful entertainment brands, Marvel Comics and Disney Pictures. The companies teamed up in order to create a film which delivers everything today’s kids have come to expect from animated movies geared to appeal to their age group. Big Hero 6 boosts a young, tech savvy protagonist, an unlikely group of heroes, lots of action sequences, impressive 3D visuals, plenty of laughs, a life lesson or two, and a uniquely loveable robot who not only provides comic relief but also elevates the narrative and gives it heart.
Big Hero 6 was co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. It features vocal performances from a talented ensemble which includes Ryan Potter (Hira), Scott Adsit (Baymax), Maya Rudolph (Aunt Cass), James Cromwell (Professor Robert Callaghan), and Damon Wayans Jr. (Wasabi) The film is set in the futuristic world of San Fransokyo which is reminiscent of a sanitized version of the Asian influenced version of Los Angeles featured in director Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci fi classic Bladerunner. In Big Hero 6 the fictional locale features an imaginative intermingling of Asian and American architectural elements.
The plot of Big Hero 6 involves the timeless battle between David and Goliath. The story of the underdog who takes on the task of fighting a much bigger and more powerful enemy has proven to be popular subject matter in various films throughout the years. In Big Hero 6 the lead character, a fourteen year old boy named Hiro, must battle against the odds and defeat a powerful villain bent on revenge and destruction on a mega scale. During the course of this struggle Hiro joins forces with a group of technical school students who use the opportunity to transform themselves into superheroes.
The real star of Big Hero 6 is a big white robot named Baymax. This inflatable character calls to mind such memorable characters as the Michelin man and the stay puff marshmallow man from the1984 flick Ghostbusters. Robots aren’t usually portrayed to be particularly lovable or humorous but Baymax is the exception to this rule. Although the inflatable robot was originally built to act as a health care provider once he teams up with Hiro the robot takes on the persona of loyal and faithful companion whose prime objective is to come to the aid of his patient. Baymax goes above and beyond his programmed functions in order to ensure Hiro’s emotional and physical welfare. Throughout Big Hero 6 Baymax proves himself to be not only a selfless hero but also a caring friend and when needed even providing the main character with a moral compass.
Big Hero 6 is a fun film suitable for the all members of the family. Young viewers as well as their parents are bound to be won over by the movie’s slick visuals, impressive 3D effects, and the earnest charms of Baymax.
Big Hero opens November 7 in theatres.