Disney’s BIG HERO 6 DVD Review – On a Scale of 1-10…

Winner of two Academy Awards (Best Animated Feature Film and Best Animated Short Film FEAST), Disney’s BIG HERO 6 is available on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, February 24.  On a scale of 1-10, the home edition of Disney’s BIG HERO 6 rates a solid 8.  The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack does not have a ton of bonus features, but fans of the film will definitely want to own it.  Click here for all our news, images, and trailers for Disney’s BIG HERO 6, and continue reading for our full BIG HERO 6 DVD review, available February 24, 2015.

Big Hero Six Blu-ray

FEATURE FILM

Disney’s BIG HERO 6 tells the story of a young boy, Hiro Hamada, who develops an emotional bond with a lovable robot Baymax – a personal healthcare companion who helps Hiro through a difficult trauma.  In her spoiler-free review, Sarah Woloski said BIG HERO 6 combined a superhero flick with an intense emotional story.  BIG HERO 6 looks spectacular on the Blu-ray’s 1080p high definition video with 5.1 DTS audio, allowing the stunning visual and audio details of the futuristic world of San Fransokyo to immerse the home audience.

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SAN FRANSOKYO AT NIGHT – Pictured in concept art, the high-tech city of San Fransokyo is home to brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and his team of first-time crime fighters in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ action comedy adventure “Big Hero 6”—in theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:

FEAST Theatrical Short

It’s almost worth purchasing the home edition of BIG HERO 6 just for this adorable Oscar-winning short of a stray puppy saved by, and who ultimately saves, his owner.  I only wished the disc was formatted so the short automatically plays before the feature film (as in the theater).

FEAST

First-look at Winston star of FEAST ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

The Origin Story of “Big Hero 6”: Hiro’s Journey (hosted by Jamie Chung, voice of Go Go Tomago)

“A hero’s journey begins with an impossible goal, an enemy determined to stop him, and a team of elite warriors by his side.”  My favorite bonus feature on the disc, a behind-the-scenes featurette where the creators discuss the making of the film.  Director Don Hall shares his love of Disney animation as well as Marvel comic books, and what it means to create a super-hero movie that had the heart of a Disney animated film.  Research trips to Tokyo and San Francisco were spotlighted.  However, I was particularly fascinated by the visit to the laboratory of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University where they are developing the soft robotics technology that was the basis of Baymax.

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Baymax. ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters

A “roundtable” style discussion with the six lead character animators for BIG HERO 6 who talked about the process of developing the characters of the film from the ground up.  Interesting insight into the process the artists go through to create the final characters of the film.  Baymax was a particular challenge as they tried to “unimate” (meaning not animate) the hug-able robot.

"BIG HERO 6" MEET BAYMAX ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

“BIG HERO 6”
MEET BAYMAX ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

Deleted Scenes (intro by Directors Don Hall & Chris Williams)

The co-directors of the film share storyboards of deleted scenes from BIG HERO 6 including two alternative openings.  The first alternate opening shares an introduction to Hiro prologue to the film that was ultimately discarded as too slow.  The second alternate opening focused on the film’s villain and “Project Sparrow” – portions of this concept was animated and used later in the film.

BIG HERO 6

YOKAI is the masked man behind the terrible tragedy that strikes San Fransokyo, turning Hiro’s world upside down. As a result, Hiro transforms a group of nerds into a team of high-tech crime fighters—“Big Hero 6”—with one mission: Track down Yokai and bring him to justice. ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

Other deleted scenes include the villain recruiting other villains for a series of heists, but was cut as the film went in a different direction.  The final deleted scene focused on the character Fred as the instigator of the super-hero team in a concept illustrated by co-director Chris Williams himself.

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Director Chris Williams. Photo by Ricky Middlesworth. ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

Big Hero Secrets (Easter Egg)

This bonus feature is a hidden “Easter egg” on the disc illustrating some of the hidden Mickeys and characters in the film.  In all honesty, I’m still searching for this “Easter egg on Easter eggs” myself, but you can get a sense of it in the video below.

Big Hero 6 Theatrical Trailer

The final bonus feature is the theatrical trailer for the film.

To conclude this BIG HERO 6 DVD Review – the Blu-ray/DVD would be a great addition to your Disney film collection, and kids will love watching Baymax over and over again.  The lack of directors’ audio commentary detracts from this home edition, but inclusion of the FEAST short adds to the repeat watch-ability of the film.  For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.