Big Hero 6 tells the story of a whiz kid named Hiro who teams up with four faithful sidekicks and a gentle-giant robot to avenge his brother’s death. Though the plot seems formulaic, the film triumphs in its sensitive and creative treatment of modern-day concerns—diversity, technology, and mental health. Hiro’s psychological authenticity lends the film poignancy and weight, and the cast of diverse, stereotype-defying side characters provides progressive appeal. The result is a movie that couples traditional Disney themes with twenty-first century sensibilities.
Released last November, the animated film takes place in San Fransokyo, a beautiful fusion of San Francisco and Tokyo in which cherry blossoms adorn steep streets, and classical Japanese pagodas stand beside skyscrapers. Virtuoso artists created the setting with exquisite technique and impressive attention to detail.
The protagonist, Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), is a fourteen-year old science wunderkind who aspires to follow in the footsteps of his talented older brother, Tadashi (Daniel Henney). When Tadashi suffers an unjust death, Hiro solicits help from Baymax (Scott Adsit), an inflatable robot Tadashi programmed to be a healthcare companion. Baymax’s huggable figure and adorable face make him an unlikely candidate for a vengeance mission, but upgrades on his armor and technology render him a formidable vinyl warrior. Tadashi’s four best friends from “nerd school” soon join the squad, and the team of six sets out to exact revenge. Continue reading