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Published On: Fri, Nov 7th, 2014

‘Big Hero 6’ Review: A robot with a heart steals the show in this underdog tale

Last year Disney won over a generation of girls with Frozen and now with Big Hero 6 they adapt a little known Marvel comic book into an action packed thrill ride that will certainly appeal to little boys aspiring to have a flying robot of their own.

big-hero-6-movie-poster- bannerThis is set in San Fransokyo, a colorful amalgam of San Francisco and Tokyo with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge dressed with massive Japanese balloons. While directed by Don Hall (director of 2011’s Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (who directed 2008’s Bolt), Big Hero 6 diverges from the comic book mythology to follow a band of geniuses on a journey to unmask a bad guy.

Led by a 14-year-old prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) who goes from hustling robot fights to a leader, the team fulfills all of the stereotypes and formulas: a Shaggie style slacker named Fred (a funny T. J. Miller); the tough chick, GoGo (Jamie Chung, who played Mulan on Once Upon a Time); a prissy girl, Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez); and a dude with dreads, Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.).

The group may be diverse or balanced, but Disney is fulfilling the ethnic and gender stereotypes fans have known to embrace.

The story is plain and simple, but don’t fret, the real star is Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) a robot who sounds like HAL from 2001 and looks like a knock-off of the Michelin Man. Introduced as a “health care companion,” Baymax becomes hybrid of superpowered robotics (yes, like Iron Man) but with the empathetic and innocent heart of Winnie the Pooh.

While the plot is predictable, there is nothing inappropriate for children and the action sequences are awesome for an animated film. Like the flying sequences in How To Train Your Dragon, Baymax flying and amazing scenery is a high point for the adults.

There are plenty of laughs, never wandering out of the family friendly territory. Adults will enjoy the ride, but will likely enjoy the rollercoaster ride of emotions through the eyes of their child.

Just in time for Christmas, Disney delivered an alternative to Frozen as every little boy will need to have the flying robotic version of Baymax, but won’t mind the cuddling version at nighttime.

Big Hero 6 receives 3 out of 5 stars

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