Big Hero 6 is the story of a boy named Hiro trying to find healing after losing his closest family member. Along the way he teams up with friends who are set on helping him. But how far will he have to go to find healing?
The animation: The movie’s animation is styled extremely similar to that of Bolt, so that can give you a rough idea of how it looks. This is not really too surprising since both films were created by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The style sells really well with mostly realistic but slightly skewed proportions of things like cars and houses. Also the main setting is San Fransokyo, a masterful combination of the technological city of Tokyo and the urban sprawl of San Francisco.
The characters: They are amazing. Each one seems to embody a personal trait: Fred is outgoing and super relaxed, Go Go is hard core and a rule breaker, Wasabi is a perfectionist and rule follower and Honey Lemon is an eccentric free spirit. The best part though is that while they all start off as scared teenagers, they grow personally as they work together to help Hiro overcome the loss of his brother.
The emotions: The movie did an excellent job of making me feel for the characters, Hiro in particular. Other parts of the movie made me feel very different things. For instance there is a scene where Hiro has finally cornered the man responsible for the death of his brother. Seeking revenge, he deactivates all the safeguards on Baymax, turning him into a ruthless and near unstoppable killing machine. Seeing what has been the embodiment of healing and good will turned into a ruthless monster made me genuinely afraid.
The Plot: It is a little predictable. The movie tries to set up a little tension about who the villain is, but it is fairly easy to see the truth way before it shows up. Also, the villain is seen to be sad as he is taken off to jail. But, after a little thought, he sort of actually won. Not only did he accomplish all of his objectives, things went better than he had planned. So, while the movie portrays him as losing, he really didn’t.
The Copying: Several scenes from the movie almost seemed like copycats of other movies. Hiro’s first flight with Baymax was almost identical to when Hiccup was training with Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon. And, a fight scene against the main villain reminded me of The Avengers when the Hulk is set loose in the helicarrier.
An excellent movie. Sure, some things may have already been done, but the movie adds a new layer of depth by bringing the question of whether revenge is the best path to healing to the forefront of the movie while also emphasizing the importance of friends and family.