Big Hero 6 is Disney and Marvel’s latest film. Made by the people who did the Christmas smash-hit Frozen, Big Hero 6 is filled with cuddly, fun-filled and family friendly adventures sure to win over the hearts of even the frostiest spectator.
It’s set in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, which if you haven’t already guessed is a combining of “San Francisco” and “Tokyo”, two of the most technology-savvy and innovative cities on the planet. Iconic San Francisco landmarks are everywhere, particularly the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica tower, the ferry port and of course the infamous Alcatraz. However, all of these recognisable locations are given an East Asian twist in their architecture, to make sure you’re aware that this is a city of the future, where cultures blend and technology is king. That, and the fact they have flying cars, which obviously adds to the atmosphere.
The film begins by looking at the after-dark exploits of teenager Hiro (pronounced hero), who builds robots and competes with others to win money. After his responsible older brother takes him to the place where he studies, Hiro wants to change his ways and does everything he can to get into the college. He impresses an audience (and the college) with a genius new invention, but a tragic event means Hiro’s success is put on hold. Baymax, the cuddly white “balloon man” recognises that Hiro is having problems and, despite Hiro’s initial concerns, they become great friends. However, there’s an evil villain on the loose, and it’s up to Hiro, Baymax and a gang of other nerds to save San Fransokyo! Can they band together in spite of their differences? Will their nerdy knowledge come in handy? Is the chubby, loveable Baymax ever going to fit into a suit of armour? If you think of it as an Avengers where all the Avengers are cowardly, yet somehow funny students then you won’t go too far wrong.
So, our main character is the aptly named Hiro. After a horrific accident leaves him stricken with grief and depression, the only one capable of helping him appears to be Baymax, a machine with the calm and collected personality rare to humans. He is able to download lots of information from the internet, so he’s a very fast learner. However, the most striking thing about him is his rather unique body shape – or “non-threatening, huggable design” as he calls it. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll know exactly what I mean. His little pot belly and soft, reassuring warmth bring comfort to all those who meet him, pretty good going for a machine designed to help people.
The film is gorgeously animated, like its predecessors Frozen and Tangled. These days, the industry standard is so high that it’s very difficult to get noticed for your animation, but it’s almost impossible to resist the vibrant cityscapes and tranquil, pink skies that adorn this charming motion picture.
This film is an absolute must see. Even if you’re not a kid, and you don’t have kids, there is a very high probability that you’ll fall in love with Baymax all the same.
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