BIG HERO 6
In my eyes, Disney can never go wrong and always delivers entertaining, fun and inspiring stories in animation. They proved that with their last two films, Wreck It Ralph and Frozen and does it once again with Big Hero 6.
What surprised me was how effective and dynamic Disney blended a super hero fashioned world, usually found in the Marvel world, using nerds as the protagonists and surprising heroes of this film. It’s a great story of underdogs becoming heroes.
It’s a simple story with a familiar Disney theme. Young Hero, a robotic genius at age 14, has lost his parents and is being raised by his aunt and older equally brilliant brother, Tadashi. To entice his brother, he brings him to his “nerd” school, a futuristic MIT clone with brilliant minds and hilarious characters, and convinces him to apply, hoping this will keep Hero focused and out of trouble. The characters alone are enjoyable to watch. There’s Go Go Tomago, Fred, Honey Lemon and Wasabi. All with unique skill sets. Tashadi shows Hero his latest invention, Baymax, a cuddly robotic healthcare practitioner who reminds you of the Pillsbury dough boy. Seeing all the cool gadgets convinces Hero to apply to the nerd school.
After impressing Professor Callahan, who wants to mentor him, with his microbots invention, a tragic fire takes place where both Tashida and Professor Callahan are killed. Hero falls into a depression and a hidden Baymax comes to life sensing Hero’s pain since he’s programmed to heal pain. The developing relationship between Hero and Baymax, who fills the void left by Tashida, is a heart tugging story and what Disney does best.
There’s a lot more to this story as Hero reprograms Baymax to become the ultimate fighting machine and helps the other nerds to upgrade themselves with special tools to become formidable adversaries to the evil villain. Together they become a team of geeky avengers racing against time to solve a murder mystery.
Disney deserves praise, as does Big Hero 6, for showing us that intelligence and nerds are cool. Brains are more effective than brawn. Yes, Disney proves that superheroes can be nerds and with the usual fun quotient teaches us that survival is indeed of the smartest, not the fittest. Big Hero 6 is another homerun for Disney.
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Damon Wayans, Jr., Maya Rudolph
Director: Don Hall and Chris Williams
Company: Walt Disney Pictures
Now Showing: In Theatres
MPAA Rating: PG