Hiro: [narrating] We didn’t set out to be superheroes. But sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned. The good thing is, my brother wanted to help a lot of people and that’s what we’re going to do. Who are we?
Review by Elliott
Big Hero 6 is loosely based on the Marvel comic series of the same name. Many of the characters come straight from the comic, but much of the plot and back story has been changed. I haven’t read them yet, but plan to as soon as I finish writing this. Big Hero 6 is an origin story about 5 nerds and an inflatable robot that join forces to become superheros and save the day. We haven’t seen Disney make an animated superhero movie since The Incredibles, so I was pretty excited to see how this would turn out. They have once again proven that we can trust them.
- In the first official trailer of the film, there’s a wanted sign of Hans from Frozen (2013) that can be found on the wall in the police officer’s office on the left.
- According to Scott Watanabe, the movie is set in an alternate future where after the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was rebuilt by Japanese immigrants using techniques that allow movement and flexibility in a seismic event. After the city was finished being rebuilt, it was renamed San Fransokyo due to it being a city with Japanese and American architecture combined.
- In Fred’s mansion, a portrait of Stan Lee, Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics, can be seen as Fred’s dad (and in a post-credits scene). As in all Marvel-related movies, part of the contract was to feature him in some way.
- This is Alan Tudyk‘s third Disney animated movie. The first was “Wreck-It Ralph”, then “Frozen”, making this the third consecutive Disney-Animated movie.
- When Baymax first tests out his new rocket fist in Fred’s mansion, the statue that it destroys is a statue of Hans from Frozen (2013).
The story takes place in San Fransokyko and follows a young genius named Hiro. He may be a genius, but he spends most of his time creating robots and getting into illegal back alley bot fights, instead of doing something useful. This changes one day when his older brother Tadashi gives him a tour of his high tech lab at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. It’s there that Hiro meets his brothers friends Gogo Tomago, Wasabi NoGinger(which in my personal opinion sushi should be eaten with both), Honey Lemon, and Fred. After introductions, Tadashi shows Hiro the project he has been working on, an inflatable robot called Baymax, who’s designed to be a personal nurse.
Hiro decides to apply for admission into the Institute and in an effort to impress Professor Callaghan, he exhibits his new invention, thousands of micro-bots that are control with a neural transmitter . Everyone is in awe of his exhibit including the professor, who gives him an acceptance letter to the institute. As Hiro, Tadashi and his friends leave the exhibit hall, the building catches fire. Tadashi rushes back inside to save the professor, but loses his life in the process. After his brothers death, Hiro becomes distant and isolates himself from everyone. However, one day he injures himself in his room, which activates Baymax, who tries to take care of him.
From here Hiro discovers that someone has stolen his microbots. Baymax and his brothers friends decide to help him find the thief. They encounter the culprit, but he attacks them with the microbots and sends them running. They regroup at Fred’s house, where they decide to make special suits (think Ironman like) to help in their next confrontation. The rest of the movie is focused on them trying to catch this mysterious villain, who ends up not being who they expected.
Once Hiro discovers that his microbot invention has been stolen, the group quickly comes to the conclusion that it must have been Alistair Krei, the business man who offered to buy it from him. However, they lack any sort of evidence for this conclusion. In the end we find out that Krei was completely innocent.
A common issue we all deal with is jumping to conclusions and judging others. It’s somewhat just part of being human, but we need to be very cautious when we do it. Unlike us, God judges based on the heart, which is something that we can’t often do. We may think we understand someones intentions, but only that person and God truly know. Here’s a few passages that come to mind in regard to this:
- My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. — James 1:19, NIV
- Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. – John 7:24, ESV
- But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Sam. 16:7
This is a great movie, one of my favorites from last year. I plan on purchasing it when it comes out. Apparently a lot of other people liked it as well, because it was the 9th highest grossing movie of 2014. The animation is awesome, like really awesome and the story has a really good flow to it. The characters although goofy are great as well. Like all Marvel movies, there is a scene at the end of the credits which is one of the best they’ve made so far. I would highly recommend Big Hero 6 if you haven’t already seen it. Fistbump: Balalalala.