Director: Don Hall & Chris Williams
Featuring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Daniel Henney, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Stan Lee
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Age Rating: PG
Running Time: 102 Minutes
Marvel meets Disney for the first time in this animated adventure, brought to us by the creators of Frozen and Wreck-it Ralph.
Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, with voices for the characters coming from the likes of Ryan Potter and Scott Adsit, this feature was neither over-stated nor over-rated. If you have already heard good things about the new Disney blockbuster, there is an endless list of reasons why!
To begin with, the plot is not too complex, therefore it keeps the youngest of viewers intrigued, however it has enough comedy and edge to it, to make the older viewer feel less like they are witnessing another version of Frozen with the kids, but more so an intuitive animated adaptation of the superhero franchises like ‘The Avengers’ which they have become accustomed to.
Secondly, the protagonist Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), although at first, overly confident and almost too arrogant for a 14 year-old, is excellent and, at times, relatable. He’s a rebellious and parent less teenage science prodigy with an equally intelligent older brother, Tadashi (Daniel Henney), who studies at the most prestigious university for science in ‘San Fransokyo’, with some of the smartest and nerdish of friends.
Tadashi motivates his little brother to leave behind his illegal and careless money-making scheme known as “bot-battling”, and look to use his brilliance elsewhere. He introduces him to his own science project – the inflatable health-care robot ‘Baymax’ who goes on to single-handedly change Hiro’s outlook on life.
After a brutal and heart-breaking beginning to the film (which Disney appears to be introducing into their animated features more often as of late), Hiro and Baymax eventually team up with Tadashi’s close friends to become the group of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6”, in order to save San Fransokyo from a deranged super-villain who has stolen Hiro’s own discovery, known as “micro-bots”.
This film, personally, has everything! It has the animation excellence similar to that of Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph and even The Incredibles; the less well-known character voices which Disney has always been well-respected for showcasing; the action-packed superhero feeling of Marvel’s ‘Cinematic Universe’; the comedy value of the protagonist’s sidekicks, especially Baymax who is hilarious to watch, but also this feature has the emotional and heart-breaking scenes which continue to bring reality to Disney films to date.
I simply cannot knock this film!
Recommendation: A must-see film of 2015! Hugely appreciated on a 32” HD Screen, but it is definitely worth catching at the cinema in IMAX/3D if still possible!