Big Hero 6

February 2015 Prof. Scarlet Leslie

When the Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Comics in 2009, everyone expected big things to happen. They didn't disappoint. The first Disney animated film featuring Marvel Comics characters, Big Hero 6, premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2014.

Big Hero 6 tells the story of Hiro Hamada, who lives in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo. Despite being a 14-year-old robotics genius, Hiro spends his time fighting in bot fights all over town. His older brother, Tadashi, believes Hiro can do much more with his brain. After agreeing to take Hiro to another bot fight across town, Tadashi makes a pit stop at his university's robotics lab. Here, Hiro meets all of Tadashi's brilliant friends - GoGo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon - and witnesses all their projects. He also meets Fred, the dragon-obsessed man behind the school mascot. Tadashi also introduces Hiro to his own project, a personal healthcare robot named Baymax. Hiro is awestruck and decides to apply to the university. He creates microbots for the annual exhibition to get into the university. However, a disaster occurs at the exhibition. It sets off a chain of events that involves Hiro starting a superhero team with Baymax.

As you might be able to tell from my previous reviews, I love watching animated films. Big Hero 6 definitely hit all of my criteria and more! First of all, it basically tells you that it is the origin story of a superhero team. And they aren't just any superheroes either. They are all nerds from a nerd school! All the talk about neurotransmitters and pain scale are funny to me because of my healthcare background. If Honey Lemon's periodic table purse came in blue, I would try to snag one. There are many great action sequences, hilarious lines, and scenes that tug at your heartstrings.

Even though there are quite a few characters to meet in such a short amount of time, they are all well developed, each with their own little quirks. Baymax, however, is clearly the star of the movie. Who wouldn't like a giant inflatable, marshmallow-like robot? Although he is a robot, Baymax quickly learns human emotions and develops a loveable personality. Important themes for children and adults, like friendship, family, and learning to think outside the box are reinforced in Big Hero 6.

So, on a scale of 1 to 10, how would I rate this movie? 10!