Big Hero 6 is the most recent Disney animated film, following up Frozen and Wreck-it Ralph. What’s significant about this film is that it’s actually based off of a Marvel comic book. And it actually ends up being much better than a majority of the other Marvel movies. The story’s main character is Hiro Hamada, an engineering child prodigy who forms a bond with a large robot named Baymax – Hiro’s last connection to his deceased older brother.
There’s a lot of great visual ideas presented in this film. The animation is up to par with what you would expect from a Disney animated movie, but honing in on the superhero genre allows for some exciting concepts to be explored. While most of the action taking place on screen is entirely unbelievable, it’s clear that the film is aware of this fact and is choosing to make an inspiring kids film rather than involve too much logic.
Unfortunately, it very much feels like the visuals and animation took precedence here. The story is very clichéd and melodramatic. Following a formula, you’re able to predict everything that happens in the film a good 20 minutes before it actually happens. Not to mention that there are barely any characters introduced in the film. When you have a big reveal over who the villain in the story is, it’s generally not a great idea to only have two possible options and dismiss one of them partway into the second act.
Thankfully, Big Hero 6 has a great sense of humor. Baymax is a very charismatic robot and there’s a lot of enjoyment in watching it interact with it’s environment. The supporting characters are individually pretty one-note, but work well together. Unlike other animated kids films, you never really get sick of one character or particular joke. The humor is for all ages, and the film explores some themes that often go ignored in a kids movie.
I haven’t seen a newly-released kids movie I’ve liked as much as this one since Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. The excuse that a movie is ‘made for kids’ is an often-used one to avoid putting in actual effort. And for as many problems as I had for this film, there’s a strong heart to it, and it surpasses the ‘appeasing your kids’ level of entertainment. 7/10.