Ever since Disney purchased Marvel back in 2009, we have gotten a lot of good action/superhero films that have a strong connection to their continuity. However, with today’s feature, Marvel and Disney are branching out and creating something completely different. The finalized product is the motion picture for today “Big Hero 6” based off Marvel’s comic book of the same line. What’s interesting about this particular project, is that Disney is including this film into their main animation line-up; odd for a superhero flick. While the movie does suffer a bit from the story department, the rest of the movie is full of great action, and using a great moral in the process. “Big Hero 6” may not be a giant when it is compared to its big budget counterparts, but it is definitely a start in something quite unique and interesting.
The story involves an alternate universe where the cities of San Francisco and Tokyo have merged together in order to create the city of San Fransokyo. Here, we have our main character Hiro (Ryan Potter) wanting to be a scientific genius like his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney). Tadashi has created a super robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit) that can function as a fully-fledged hospital. Unfortunately, an explosion at the science lab at the local college campus kills Tadashi, scarring Hiro in the process. Things get even more interesting as a man in a kabuki mask is threatening to destroy the city. So, Hiro teams up with some scientific experts named Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Go Go (Jamie Chung), and Fred (T. J. Miller) and they create specialized suits in order to take down this villain.
“Big Hero 6” is a very unique animated film from Disney. The acting is great, especially from Potter and Adsit who deliver stand-out performances. The direction is good as there is a nice payoff from both the acting and the action that is presented in this movie. In fact, the action scenes in this movie feel like they are taken straight out of a comic book, which totally sets the mood for the movie. The music creates a nice blend of pop rock and action sequences that definitely give the audience something to give their ears attention. The animation is absolutely fantastic! Everything is bright and colorful, all the action segments do what they need to do, and everything in this world is beautifully designed. There is a lot to look at in “Big Hero 6”
However, there are two major problems with the film. First off, while the story is easy to understand, those who pay close attention will figure out who the main villain is, and what the final outcome of the movie will be. Plus, there are some plot holes and story elements that regular movie goers will notice along the way. Finally, the editing can be issue as the film runs a little too fast making viewers go back and see what they missed.
In conclusion, “Big Hero 6” is a nice collaboration between Disney and Marvel; here’s hoping that we get to see more of this team sometime in the near future. Oh, and you might want to stay after the credits with this one…