By Darren Chan Keng Leong (Singapore)
Note: Minor Spoilers!
As a young adult currently, when I heard that Big Hero 6 is the latest Disney movie out in cinemas, I did not want to see it at first as I thought that I had grown out of the taste for animated movies. But due to positive reviews and high ratings on IMDb, I relented and went to watch the movie.
Before the Big Hero 6 began, the audience were treated to a special Disney short animated film Feast which was released by the amazing people at Walt Disney Animated Studios. The short film is told through the eyes of Winston, a Boston Terrier who helps his owner in getting back his life from depression after splitting up with his girlfriend. Its message is clear which is to love animals and that they can help us find love again through unexpected ways. The directors of the film, Don Hall and Chris Williams have managed to capture the hearts of the audience through the character development in Big Hero 6 which is strongly presented to engage the cinema audience.
Big Hero 6 is centered in the fictional city of San Fransokyo which is actually a combination of the sights and sound of San Francisco and Tokyo which is stunningly illustrated through the fusion of Western and Asian influences seamlessly into this animated feature. The film opens with Tadashi Hamada, one of the brightest in robotics who is the creator of Baymax (Scot Adsit), a healthcare robot. He notices that his younger brother, Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), the main character of the film is wasting his talent on robot fights around the city, instead of enrolling into the reputable robotic university to have a brighter future.
Hiro agrees to follow Tadashi to his university which is where he meets his other five colleagues who will later form a superhero team with Tadashi to stop evil, hence the film title. Being introduced to Big Hero 6 was worthwhile as it is good movie with a mix of emotions and it was well portrayed by the characters in the film.
Audiences will be able to relate to each of the character in the film as Disney has managed to create diversity in terms of the characters that each of them are different in terms of drawing and personality which is interesting to observe. The main antagonist of the film, Professor Robert Callaghan who is also the masked villain Yokai (James Cromwell) has Japanese elements in the tribal drawings of his mask which shows that Disney has managed to bridge the gap of incorporating both Asian and Western cultures into the film to make it an enjoyable experience for all ages to view.
The film follows a very predictable plot but I can look passed that aspect as Disney films are supposed to be easy for audiences to understand. Baymax and Hiro’s chemistry throughout the film is an emotional rollercoaster to watch as Baymax is akin to a gentle giant with a sense of morality, goodness and emotions, despite him being a robot. Echoing previous classic Disney films such as the Iron Giant, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Big Hero 6 clearly joins the ranks of much beloved Disney films that would appeal to audiences of today.
There are also great life lessons that are enforce throughout the film such as teamwork, not giving up when the situation turns bad, take charge and be innovative in thinking of a win-win solution and facing failures. Parents who bring their children can also teach their kid about life values by watching this amazing animated film which embodies all these moral values.
The soundtrack is commendable with Disney keeping to its modernity by inviting American rock band Fall Out Boy to produce an original song to accompany the film which is titled, “Immortals” that plays during the suit up sequence of the characters in their hero gear.
Big Hero 6 combines technology with emotions that are touching and warm to watch through the interaction of the characters. The many emotions presented in the film will strike a chord with the audience as it is so well-presented. The film’s post credit scene offers a nice treat for the audience which is a cameo of an animated Stan Lee which echoes the deleted scene in The Amazing Spiderman 2 where it shows that Peter Parker’s father is still very much alive and they embrace.
Personally, I enjoyed the film which changes my perception that Disney movies are timeless classics. They are meant for all ages which are the magic formula that Disney has incorporated into each film that they create in staying relevant and an upgraded animation to inject greater realism to the characters.