Exciting, Emotional & Engaging: BIG HERO 6 Movie Review (Spoiler-Free)

With a Disney movie comes certain expectations.  From the previews for BIG HERO 6, I expected a big beautiful world, lovable characters and a certain tugging at the heartstrings.  BIG HERO 6 delivered all that and then some.  I was blown away by how emotionally involved I became with the characters. My one piece of advice?  Bring tissues.  Continue reading for our full, spoiler-free, BIG HERO 6 movie review.

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BIG HERO 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (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 Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), beatnik Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

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(L-R) GoGo Tomago, Wasabi, Hiro, Tadashi, Honey Lemon, Fred. ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

Even though the plot promotes an action-adventure with six heroes, the story focuses on Hiro, a 14-year-old boy, his trials and tribulations as a teenager and ultimately dealing with loss.

Chatting with Daymon Wayans Jr. (Wasabi) at the press junket, he said, “this movie rips your heart out and then slowly puts it back in throughout the movie.” (Read all cast and crew comments here)

We’ve seen coming-of-age stories, romantic stories and adventure stories from Disney, but this is an exciting take, handled with kid gloves.  Our hero, Hiro, is a very likable character and young kids will look up to and identify with him.  Adults will relate to his trials and burdens as a teenager.  Even though Hiro is super-smart, he is a very normal boy when it comes to his emotions.  Even better than Hiro’s character is his growing relationship with the inflatable robot caretaker, Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit).  That dynamic is the absolute heart of this film.

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(L-R): Hiro & Baymax. ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

But that great buddy-buddy arc doesn’t end there.  BIG HERO 6, after all, has six heroes.  In keeping with the tradition of adding humor to a very deep (and sometimes twisting) plot, Wasabi (voiced by Damon Wayans Jr.) and Fred (voiced by T.J. Miller) play off each other and keep the tone light in places that could end up dark.  Wasabi especially has the funniest moments – he is a “dude” and it shows.  Both Honey Lemon (voiced by Genesis Rodriguez) and GoGo Tomago (voiced by Jamie Chung) are great examples of strong female characters that are as far from perfect princess characters as they can get.  These girls are sharp, smart and very chic-nerdy.  GREAT be-yourself role models.  Overall the “be yourself” emphasis within BIG HERO 6 is a great lesson that kids, both male and female, will learn while watching the movie.

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But an animated film is not just based on characters, just as important is the world these characters inhabit.  And you can tell that the animators and concept artists had a TON of fun creating this mash-up San Fransokyo.  San Francisco and Tokyo combine in ultra-saturated brilliance which the directors made sure you see as Baymax and Hiro fly throughout the city, and there are some breathtaking views.  We screened the film in 2D, but I am VERY excited to go out and see it in 3D since the movie really lends itself to that.

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Henry Jackman composed a beautiful score that underscores great depth to San Fransokyo.  Just like the city is a mash-up of two great metropolis’, the score is a mix of sweeping heroic themes and driving, electronic beats.  An interesting mix that worked to give the movie momentum.

Overall Walt Disney Animation Studios has done a wonderful job of mixing an exciting superhero film with an intimate grief-ridden coming-of-age tale.  A VERY hard job indeed.  BIG HERO 6: Mission Accomplished!  (In my head I just gave Baymax a fist bump!)

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About Richard & Sarah Woloski

Richard and Sarah Woloski are the co-hosts and creators of the Disney / Star Wars Podcast Skywalking Through Neverland. The husband and wife team strives to create a polished, positive and fun weekly show celebrating fandom. They also love writing for Adventures By Daddy. Find them @SkywalkingPod