Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) is a robotics prodigy. He graduated high school at 13, but has no interest in going to college. His only interested is in the underground world of bot fighting. His older brother, Tadashi (Daniel Henney) takes him to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, where Tadashi goes to school, to try to convince him to do something with his talents.
Hiro meets Tadashi’s friends, Go Go (Jamie Chung), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), and Fred (T.J. Miller). After seeing the group’s projects, and Baymax (Scott Adsit), Tadashi’s personal health care companion, Hiro decides he must attend the school. To get into the school, Hiro must create a project that will impress the school’s director, Professor Callaghan (James Cromwell).
After showing his microbots at the convention, Hiro is approached by Allistair Krei (Alan Trudyk), who wants to buy his technology, but has been known to cut corners just to make a profit. Tadashi and Callaghan convince Hiro to attend the school, rather than make a quick buck.
A tragedy at the school immediately following the convention, Hiro discovers his microbots have been stolen. Hiro enlists the help of Baymax and the team of friends to discover and stop whoever has stolen his project before they can be used for evil.
Big Hero 6 is probably one of the most enjoyable “kid movies” I’ve seen in a long time. Capitalizing on the popularity of the current spate of superhero movies, Disney decides to go animated and capture the youngest demographics. And, as expected, they do so easily.
The visuals throughout the film are amazing. When Hiro is teaching Baymax to fly, it is reminiscent of the first time Tony Stark takes his Iron Man suit for a test flight. He doesn’t quite have a full grasp on how to fully control it, but quickly learns. The entire sequence is very similar to the same scene in Iron Man.
Similarly, the group becomes a superhero team in the vein of The Avengers, with the Tony Stark approach to being a superhero. They build their superpowers. Using their superior intellects, they construct suits that highlight each team members abilities.
It’s not just the familiarity and the amazing graphics that make Big Hero 6 such a good film. The story itself is very well executed. Of course, there is a tragedy that motivates Hiro to become more than he thought he could. It’s a Disney movie. But, for each sad moment, there are handfuls of great moments. Moments that will have you cheering for the good guys, and even laughing out loud. In fact, you’ll be laughing and cheering throughout most of the movie.
What I like about the casting is that there are none of those moments where the actor takes you out of the moment, distracted by a voice that you immediately think of them as another character. You are fully engrossed by who they are in that particular moment. The pace and the writing don’t give you time to get pulled outside the story.
Big Hero 6 could be the next wave of superhero movies, by taking it to new audiences. Everyone from my 5-year-old daughter, who was cheering along with her friends, to my teenage sons, even to the adults in the audience, will love the movie. There is enough in this movie to keep everyone entertained.
Definitely don’t miss this movie. It is perfect for a family movie day.