One of the biggest franchises out there is that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney has a monster on their hands with these properties and shows no signs of slowing down, but that is not the only place that their Marvel properties are looking to make their mark. Their latest animated film Big Hero 6 was inspired by the Marvel property of the same name and will mark the first foray into bringing Marvel characters to animation under the Disney brand.
Big Hero 6 follows the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends, adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes. First and foremost you need to know that while this is based on a Marvel property it is a standalone film that you do not need to have seen any other Marvel film. The story here is pretty simple and plays up well as the origin story to this group that will hopefully lead into another film in the series, but it can easily stand all on its own as well. There is plenty of humor here, but the film plays up more straight laced. This was an interesting approach and twist in the direction they took these characters making them feel like something you have seen before while still feeling fresh and new.
The animation itself is not surprisingly excellent as always from Disney, but it’s the character designs that really make this work visually. The average people look fine, but the varying heroes and villains are a mix of silly and dark bringing together the perfect combination. The use of the nanobots throughout the film is amazing to watch and very creative helping it to never feel like something that has been done before. Using a future environment infused with Asian culture made for a pretty cool world to play in and the attention to detail is excellent. The most entertaining aspect of the entire movie is Baymax, whom had the character not worked the entire film wouldn’t have worked. The character is so simple yet complex that it brings something special to the film. There is a simple innocence to the character that makes so much emotional impact with very little ability to show any emotions, but somehow expresses a lot when it is needed. The film features a great voice cast including Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, and Maya Rudolph with each of them bringing their own special quality to their roles to make them their own.
Unlike most of the usual Disney films that end up with sequels, this film is the perfect stepping stone of a new franchise to appease the superhero fans and will hopefully just be the first entry into a whole new world. Much like the other Marvel films there is an after credit scene that might be one of the best to date, but don’t get excited thinking it is attempting to connect to the other Marvel films because it isn’t, but it does stand out as the embodiment of all that is Marvel like never before. In addition to this great animated film this release also includes numerous super features including deleted scenes, the theatrical short Feast, and numerous special features to enhance your experience.
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