What a great movie this one is!
Hiro Hamada is a boy genius. After graduating high school at 13 years old he spends his time and energy building robots to earn cash bot fighting. Meanwhile his older brother, Tadashi, whiles away his hours at “nerd” school–a robotics program at the local university in San Fransokyo. To keep him out of trouble Tadashi convinces Hiro to try to earn a spot in the robotics program. Hiro takes the bait and his mini-bot invention catches the eye of both Professor Robert Callahan and billion dollar businessman Alistair Krei.
That’s when things turn south and Hiro is thrust into action with Baymax, his brother’s portly inflatable healthcare robot, and some of the other brilliant minds from the school. There’s Go Go Tomago–the adrenaline fueled electro-magnetics expert, Wasabi–the neat freak who knows a thing or two about plasma rays, Honey Lemon–the chemistry whiz girly nerd, and Fred–the unskilled fanboy with plenty of far-fetched scientific ideas of his own. Together this team makes up Big Hero 6 and they find that they must work together to defeat the masked man who’s made off with Hiro’s mini-bots.
This movie plays with some important themes. Teamwork: When we first meet our main characters they are all pursuing their own ideas and innovations, but a common goal brings them all together and they are forced to use their inventions in a new way. Sacrifice: The day is not saved without a main character making the ultimate sacrifice so that others might live another day.
It’s rated PG and I would recommend it for kids ages 6 and up. The action is incredible–making full use of the fictitious metropolis San Fransokyo and the not-too-science-fiction inventions. With chase scenes and flights under bridges, around buildings, and through city tunnels you’ll be on the edge of your seat. Oh and stick around until after the credits. Superhero movie fans won’t regret it.
Big Hero 6 is everything that is satisfying about a superhero movie. You have a hero with humble beginnings. A team of super friends to help save the day. A mysterious villain motivated by loss and personal suffering. And all the back story you need for it all to be somehow believable.
So in case you were wondering, I highly recommend this latest release from Disney! Our son loved it and is already dreaming up new characters and superpower to add to this super squad.
The short preceding the movie–Feast–is about the cutest and most heartwarming short you’ve probably ever seen before a Disney feature. With minimal dialogue you follow the story of a dog and his owner told through the diet of the feisty little pup. It’s a great little slice of life from the perspective of the four-legged friend.
What do you love about superhero movies?