If you’re planning to watch Walt Disney Animation Studio’s “Big Hero 6”, you better be ready for an animation film that most certainly isn’t the average animation film that Disney would usually put out.
See, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure 3D computer animated film about a 14-year-old robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter), who learns to harness his genius – thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi (voiced by Daniel Henney) and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neat freak Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon, and fanboy Fred. And that’s not all. “Big Hero 6″is based on a Marvel comic of the same name, although there are lots of changes e.g. the names, the setting, the ethnicities of characters, the backstories, and several plot points.
Set in San Fransokyo (a cross between San Francisco and Tokyo), the movie opens with preteen genius Hiro earning cash illegally by betting on his small robot in robot battle matches. Despite doing well, his older brother, Tadashi, who is a college student and also very much of a genius, urges Hiro to go to school. But getting a place in the said school would require Hiro to come up with a science project.
And as you would expect, he aces the project by inventing tiny metallic elements aka microbots, which he can control by transmitting brain waves. All is well until a devastating explosion at the school destroys Hiro’s invention, kills his brother, and mentor Professor Callaghan (voiced by James Cromwell). In his rage, he brings to life his brother’s invention aka Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit).
Baymax is a formidable but soft robot whose appearance will make you smile because it looks like a cross between the Michelin man and a snowman. This jolly giant robot has one very important duty though – after helping Hiro find out that someone has stolen his microbots for evil intentions, Baymax has to accompany Hiro and his group of nerd friends get the microbots back from the kabuki-masked thief aka villain.
As previously introduced, Hiro’s nerd friends are: Go Go Tamago (voiced by Jamie Chung) is a feisty goth but also an engineering genius; Wasabi (voiced by Damon Wayans Jr) is a neat freak neurotic laser specialist; Honey Lemon (voiced by Genesis Rodriguez) is a super talented chemist whiz; while Fred (voiced by TJ Miller) is the dropout college mascot who is also an irritating wisecracking motormouth.
Because there’s always that one overly irritating character in a group of friends 😀
But the situation is going to prove to be challenging for young genius Hiro because to take the villain down, he has to quickly invent gear that will give him and his bunch of nerd friends “super powers”. That, on top of having to prep Baymax, essentially a personal health care companion robot who’s programmed with over 10,000 medical procedures, for their quest. And on that note, some hilarity will ensue because what’s a mild-mannered and soft robot to do as an action hero?
As this tale of action and adventure unfolds, you’ll notice that “Big Hero 6” has charms beyond just the storyline. Adults will like it for its topnotch and flawless eye-popping computer animation, kids will like it for its adventure that’ll undoubtedly make their imaginations go wild, and above all, the general audience will love it for it’s heart-tugging storyline. Just like Disney’s “Frozen” and “Up”, “Big Hero 6” has staying power and from the looks of it, there’s a possibility that it might go on to spawn a series of other movies.
Don’t just take it from us though – this is one Disney flick you need to see with your own eyes 😉
Watch the trailer here:
“Big Hero 6″ will be released in cinemas nationwide on 13th November. Don’t forget to check out some of these fun facts before you watch it on the big screen!
For more information, visit the movie’s official website.