Since “Snow White,” adaptation of classic literary work has been a claim to fame for Disney animated films. While it’s arguable to consider a B-list superhero team from Marvel Comics to be a classic literary work, Disney studios saw fit to adapt Marvel Comics’ “Big Hero 6” into its latest animated film of the same name in 2014.
Shortly after winning at the Oscars, Disney is scheduled to release “Big Hero 6” Feb. 24 on DVD and Collector’s Edition, which includes the DVD, Blu-Ray. and Digital HD that’s playable on Disney Movies Anywhere.
Similar to its original source material but adapted into Disney aesthetics and merchandising potential, “Big Hero 6” follows the superhero’s journey of a boy genius named Hiro and his newly acquired robot companion Baymax. After the loss of his brother and mentor and discovering a plot against his beloved city of San Fransokyo (a city blending the feel and look of both San Francisco and Tokyo), Hiro turns to his new friends for help while upgrading Baymax. Through the power of friendship, determination, and development of gadget-based superpowers befitting a Marvel Comics series, the titular Big Hero 6 superhero team will overcome any obstacle that they face. Be sure to stay tuned for the post-credit stinger. The slick animation and heartwarming story had enough appeal to win Best Animated Feature at the Oscars while sci-fi and comic fans can enjoy the various pop culture references and nods to comic books.
Using a team of B-list of Marvel Comics superheroes was initially a risky move for Disney to animate until the success of the live-action adaptation of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which also consisted of a team of B-list Marvel Comics superheroes. The Disney version of “Big Hero 6” has the charm expected of Disney with its colorful characters. Baymax is one of the most huggable mascot characters and is some shrewd character design to capitalize on that. The rest of the Big Hero 6 team could use some development, but that’s what the sequels will most likely hone in on.
The Blu-Ray combo pack features several bonus features. It includes the “Feast” theatrical short that won Best Animated Short at the Oscars. The digital HD version includes “Tokyo Go,” a modern day Mickey Mouse short that won’t be at the Oscars any time soon. Jamie Chung (Go Go) narrates about Hiro’s journey and how they adapted the Marvel Comics series into the animated film. Deleted scenes flesh out some of the story while the directors explain why they deleted them. The artists go into a lot of detail into how they gave the “Big Hero 6” characters their personalities that included Baymax’s huggable design based on how they animated each character walking into a room and sat down. There’s also a hidden Easter egg that explains the Easter eggs within the film, but I haven’t found it yet.
With a well told tale about Hiro, Baymax, and the power of friendship bundled nicely into a package containing two winners at the Oscars, “Big Hero 6” on DVD or Blu-Ray is an excellent buy for fans of Disney, Marvel Comics, or animation in general.
Bonus Japanese “Big Hero 6” posters can be seen here.