By Daleth Quintanilla |Staff Writer|
“Big Hero 6” is a better-than-average kids movie, but focuses on mature themes such as loss, anger, and camaraderie.
The PG-rated film is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and is inspired by a Marvel superhero comic book series of the same name.
The character Hiro Hamada, voiced by Ryan Potter, is a boy genius and robot prodigy who spends his time participating in back alley robot fights.
Worried that Hiro is wasting his potential, older brother Tadashi, voiced by Daniel Henney, gives him a tour of his university’s robotics lab.
There he meets Tadashi’s closest friends, Gogo Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T. J. Miller).Amongst these friends, Tadashi introduces Hiro to his robot companion Baymax, voiced by Scott Asdit.
Baymax is a fluffy, loveable character who was created for the healing of others; he is Hiro’s closest companion and personal robotic nurse.
Inspired by his visit to the university, Hiro decides to create nanobots, which he showcases in a contest that will grant him admission to the university.
In a crazy turn of events, the school catches fire.Hiro loses his nanobots and brother in that fire, and finds himself in deep mourning.
Hiro attempts to seek closure by solving the mystery of the fire, and in doing so, discovers there is a masked villain who is in charge of the destruction.
Hiro realizes that he cannot face this journey alone and seeks the help of adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neat freak Wasabi, chemistry expert Honey Lemon, fanboy Fred and Baymax.
Together, these tight-knit, like-minded friends transform into a high-tech supergroup, known as Big Hero 6, and embark on a wild adventure on the streets of San Fransokyo.
San Fransokyo, a city created specifically for the film, blends together elements of San Francisco and Tokyo, showcasing Tokyo architecture with San Francisco roads.
The group uses their brains to turn themselves into superhero robots, determined to find Tadashi’s killer and Hiro’s stolen nanobots.
The film’s animation attracts a younger audience, but it deals with a variety of emotions, making it enjoyable for audiences of any age.
One of the more memorable aesthetically-pleasing scenes are the flight scenes because they demonstrate the beauty of San Fransokyo, and the inseparable bond between Hiro and Baymax.
The animation and plot make this comedy adventure exciting and visually stimulating and a must-see for fans of Marvel Comics and animation.