We’re deep in the new era of big budget superhero movies that mixes smart plots with witty dialogue and plenty of action. The super era of super hero movies continues with Big Hero 6; Disney’s latest 3D animated picture starring Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter).
The story takes place in San Fransokyo, a seaside city that obviously fuses San Francisco and Tokyo into one.
14-year-old Hiro is a super genius whose interest in creating robots and machinery takes him to the underworld of illegal robot fighting. His supportive brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) attempts to steer him toward a more fulfilling lifestyle that would better support his level of intelligence by giving him a tour of his university. Amazed at what the school has to offer, Hiro decides to enrol but first must impress the admission team.
Hiro’s invention of mind-controlled microbots wows headmaster Professor Callaghan (James Cromwell), as well as Tadashi’s school friends and Hiro is in.
Big Hero 6 covers a lot of ground in its one hour, 42 minute duration. You have the relatable kid in Hiro at the centre, a loveable goofy inflatable sidekick in the robot Baymax (Scott Adsit), a supportive group of friends, and an antagonist who, when shown for the first time, was a legitimate fright simply because of how sudden it was.
Most of all, the movie is heartwarming. At times it almost seems to be too much so in its obvious attempt to pull hard at the emotions but it works every time.
Much of this can be attributed to how well Hiro’s person is captured. His situation, personality and desires are all very well developed for an animated film that has as much going on as this one did. As much as Big Hero 6 is a superhero film, it’s also a coming-of-age story that focuses on Hiro’s evolution from a kid with no real goals to someone who now has a purpose.