“Hello. I am Baymax, your personal healthcare companion,” said Baymax.
Big Hero 6 is a magic of fusion work; it’s not merely a fusion between Marvel cute-mecha property in technicolor with the heart of Disney, or between American geek culture with Japanese culture, but it’s a fusion of two crossing genres that ends up being very hilarious and ludicrous.
The story occurs in fictional futuristic San Fransokyo (a comical portmanteau of San Fransisco along with the alley and Tokyo with the city light), when Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter), a brilliant little inventor who gives up on illegal bot-fighting for a chance to get a chance to attend his brother’s college. Something goes wrong, an unexpected explosion kills Hiro’s brother and leaves him in a deep, sorrowful grief. Yet, Hiro’s encounter with Baymax (Scott Adsit), a plump, robotic “health care companion” made and designed by Hiro’s brother, whose naivete and innocence leads Hiro out of his grief and brings both of them a new adventure.
From the very beginning ’til its entirety end, Big Hero 6 spoils the audiences with exploding humors and riveting designs of futuristic hybrid city. Heart-throbbing and heartbreaking scenes comes one after another—never being too deep, but we can really feel the sentimental side of this iron-cladding future gears of fun (the college explosion scenes and the aftermath is one thing).
Everything’s going to be more interesting entering the third-act of this movie—more roller-coaster action packs and layered conflicts. Big Hero 6 has changed from an easing-pain movie become a whodunit movie and, finally, become the real super hero movie along the end. Along with Baymax and four of his brother’s buddies, Hiro gears up with super hero costumes and fancy ‘nerdy’ weapons to encounter a super-villain who possesses an inter-dimensional portal; yet, what we see after that is more laugh than thrilled. The plot and some twists might be predictable, but that’s not the main point of this ‘another-super-hero’ animation (after The Incredible from Pixar) since this movie is truly about balance. Hiro becomes the dynamo to thrust the plot full throttle, yet, Baymax—programmed to be nonviolent—is the perfect counterpart for Hiro… to brake the acceleration and ambition.
Every single moment in Big Hero 6 is all about fusion—Disney and Marvel; Japanese anime style and American 3D animation; San Fransisco and Tokyo; heart-throbbing and heart-breaking; laugh and cry—that makes balance of everything. Therefore, it’s a fresh entertainment that differs from usual Disney flicks from the very beginning (don’t miss the companion short Feast—a story about a dog and foods) until the very end (save your time for Stan Lee animation cameo during the post-credit scene) ’cause you’ll see how the fusion keeps the balance in this movie.
Big Hero 6 (2014)
Animation, Adaptation, Action, Comedy Directed by: Don Hall, Chris Williams Written by: Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird Voiced by: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Alan Tudyk Running Time: 102 mins Rated PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements