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.
Has Hollywood exhausted the traditional antagonist? Stories where the villain is undeniably bad, without argument or need for explanation? A whole world of potential has opened up across the world of storytelling that paints classic villains as someone simply misunderstood (Wicked, Frozen) or suggests the other side of the story is worth telling (Hannibal, Bates Motel). We’re looking at the bad guy differently now.
Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, tells the story of Sleeping Beauty through the eyes of the villainess. Much like last year’s animated film Frozen, there’s a much larger backstory of how the perceived villain got to where she is, providing an outlook not conceived before by most of us. Using this, there’s a whole other world of stories to be told.
Disney has pretty much owned the animated slice of the movies for decades. My own youth was charmed by the “Disney Renaissance” brought on by movies like The Little Mermaid and Beauty & The Beast.
Throughout the 90s, Walt Disney Animations produced a hit movie almost every year but popularity started to wane later in the decade as other production studios got into the game. By then, the instant Disney classic was moved wayside in favour of more modern titles with fresh new styles, including Disney’s own Pixar – the studio behind Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Up.