Sound Off: Marvel & Disney Animation's 'Big Hero 6' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
November 7, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Meet Baymax. Now in theaters is Disney Animation's latest feature Big Hero 6, based on a Marvel Comics series, about a robot named Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. The voice cast includes Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez and Alan Tudyk. How is this one? Disney Animations best movie yet, can it top Frozen? Or is it a let down? Is it as fun as it looks? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Disney's Big Hero 6.
Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this movie!
Note: I have now seen it! So here are my thoughts: I enjoyed Big Hero 6, but I felt like it lacked a bit of energy throughout. The setup with Hiro and his story is the best part, a very touching way to start things off. I absolutely adore Baymax, he's the best, but I felt like his gag started to get a bit tired by the end, especially when it was so much fun the first time I almost started wondering: when is he going to figure this thing out? Aside from Hiro, the supporting characters weren't utilized very well and often felt like the cheesiest use-them-because-we-can parts of the movie. The villain unfortunately was underdeveloped and overall it was entertaining but not perfect, solid work from Disney but not a homerun by any means.
From Morgan Stradling's Rotoscopers review: "The great thing about Big Hero 6 is that these superheroes use their brains for their superpowers. No radioactive spiders, no kryptonite here. These characters use science to make them powerful and dangerous. Each member of the gang specializes in a different scientific area and, combined, they form a lethal team that will stop any bad guy in his or her tracks… I never realized how much I needed Disney to do a superhero film until I saw this movie. Big Hero 6 is action-packed, incredibly funny and filled with heart. It’s not perfect, but this film further solidifies that Disney is just as good at making contemporary films as it is with Broadway-esque fairy tales. Go see Big Hero 6, you’re going to have a great time. I know I’ll be seeing it again real soon."
What did you think of Disney Animation's Big Hero 6? Animation sensation, or dull cartoon?
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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
They invented new technologies to render lighting. That alone makes it worth seeing. Every shot looks pretty. Story not too bad either.
ion677 on Nov 7, 2014
I thought it was great. Though there was a theater full of kids that would kill me for slamming it that badly. The Mouse and Marvel have built a near classic and a bonafide money machine.
97point6 on Nov 7, 2014
It does look incredible, and has a ton of heart, but calling it "incredibly funny" is wrong. It has it's funny moments, but they are few and far between. Although I do like how well they balanced the emotions throughout the film, and none of it feels forced. Which is very refreshing. It's not just another kids movie that panders to adults, or some overly emotional tween-er (or young adult) movie. It's an action film that isn't too deep or too shallow, and just happens to star a teenager. Minor Spoiler: I assumed there would be more focus on the team, as it's called Big Hero 6, but it feels like the other 4 are just sidekicks at best. Gimmicks at worst. Especially considering how they "become" super heroes. Spoiler: that Rotoscopers review says "combined they form a lethal team". Clearly he did not watch the movie.
Akirakorn on Nov 8, 2014
Refreshing. If you're into high tech, science and action, you'll enjoy this. It's not a comedy, but it's funny. It's a kids flick, but as an adult, I really enjoyed it. The world they created, San FranTokyo is mezmerizing. Technically, the animation, the cinematography, the FX are excellent. The comedic beats are peppered throughout the film and they work really well. The characters are well designed, likeable and animated incredibly. The movie is not perfect (what is?) but it's darn good. I would recommend this movie. I'd love to see a sequel and see where this team is headed.
Qrious on Nov 8, 2014
I really enjoyed this movie. It has heart in the right places, has some really great characters (Hiro, Baymax, Tadashi) and some slightly less developed characters (like the rest of the Big Hero 6). Baymax should really get a special mention for being lovable, smart, super cool technologically, but above all, hilarious with his giant drunken baby antics. I know this is a sci-fi cartoon based on a comic book, but some things were just too hard to believe, like Hiro creating the most amazing invention in the history of the earth in like two days, or retrofitting his team's uniforms with magical technology in one day. But who cares about man-hours. It's a cartoon. And while the message of the film is "You can use your brain smarts to create anything, including amazing weapons to destroy bad guys", the technology is still 100% fantasy, like GoGo's hover wheels or Wasabi's light saber hands, so they might as well be riding brooms and shooting magic wands. But once again, it's a cartoon. Regardless of these minor plot points, this was a beautiful, highly enjoyable film. I haven't watched something this entertaining in a theater since Guardians of the Galaxy.
TheOct8pus on Nov 10, 2014
I enjoyed it, and my kids certainly did as well. Just like everyone else, I agree the movie was not perfection, but was close. Yes, there needs to be suspension of disbelief when it comes to the technology and stuff, but I think (as evidenced by the city name of San Frantokyo, although I am not familiar with the source comic) this world exists in an alternate reality, and even though there is contemporary items like cars and scooters, it could be a futuristic alternate reality. One of those things where you just have to let go, like a Batman or Iron Man movie. After all, the "nerd lab" had great minds inventing this stuff, it was Hiro who was able to take their inventions and make it into a "hero suit". And I am sure there will be a sequel or two to hopefully flesh out the others and the team as a whole.
theslayer5150 on Nov 10, 2014
My friend summed it up pretty succinctly in my opinion, "Disney got back what its movies have been missing for a while, heart." Emotions well played and well balanced. No it's not perfect, but it feels like they're trying to get back to the quality they had in the past with the Lion King etc.. before the unneeded sequels.
R3last on Nov 10, 2014
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