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article imageReview: ‘Big Hero 6’ is the best of two worlds Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Nov 7, 2014 in Entertainment
‘Big Hero 6’ is exactly what you would hope for from the collaboration of Disney and Marvel, both visually and narratively.
After Disney and Marvel merged, it was only a matter of time before the animation studio tapped one of the comic book magnet’s properties geared towards younger audiences. The current superhero market is populated with mature men and women who mostly have superpowers, making them more like role models than someone to whom kids can actually relate. Big Hero 6 features a group of younger crime fighters using their interests in science and technology to get the upper hand.
Hiro (voice of Ryan Potter) is a genius. Graduating from high school at 13, he now uses his smarts to hustle opponents in robot battles. After a year of cajoling, Hiro finally agrees to apply to the elite tech school to which his older brother Tadashi (voice of Daniel Henney) goes. He was convinced by Tadashi’s inspiring project: a marshmallow-y robot named Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit) that attends to people’s health needs. Hiro’s entrance application is hundreds of micro-bots that he can control with his mind and manipulate in countless ways. But when a masked villain steals his technology, Hiro and his new lab friends band together to stop him.
This is the first picture that really combines elements of the Marvel universe with Disney’s signature style. Like all great heroes, Hiro must overcome adversity to be able to conquer his opponents. The team’s physical strength is provided by suits that complement their personalities and talents, including chemistry and a desire to be a fire-breathing reptile. Discovering the villain’s identity has a bit of a Scooby-Doo feel to it, but is not out of place in the overall story world. One of Disney’s contributions is its propensity to kill off characters to set the protagonist on a certain path. Another is the cute sidekick, in this case Baymax. He is by far one of the film’s most enjoyable elements.
The film is 109 minutes, which is a little long for a kids’ movie, but every second is entertaining. The story keeps audiences of all ages fully engaged and often on the edge of their seats. The strange friendship that forms between Hiro and Baymax is amusing and touching. It’s the classic tale of a boy that bonds with his robot, but it’s done exceptionally well. Moreover, the picture is visually impressive. The 3D depth is used in even the simplest scenes and the vibrancy of the images is striking. The imaginations that united to create this movie are wonderful.
Never to be left out of a Marvel-related production, Stan Lee makes his customary cameo. And as with all Marvel movies, there is a bonus scene after the credits.
Directors: Don Hall and Chris Williams
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit and Jamie Chung
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