Why we loved Disney's Big Hero 6

We review the first action-packed, animated collaboration from Disney and Marvel.

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Photo: Walt Disney Studios

*This review may contain spoilers in the Parental Advisory section in order to properly convey the film’s content.*

The release of Big Hero 6 marks Disney’s first animated film collaboration with Marvel. Based on the Marvel comic of the same name, Big Hero 6 is packed with action, humour and loveable characters.

The premise

Hiro Hamada is a 14-year-old robot-building prodigy living in San Fransokyo who likes to frequent illegal underground robot battles. One day, he runs into trouble after winning a battle with his robot, and his brother Tadashi comes to his rescue and convinces him to use his genius for a better cause. When Tadashi takes Hiro to visit his university, Hiro falls in love with the engineering program and enters a competition that guarantees him full admission upon winning. When Hiro finds out that there’s a masked villain posing a threat to San Fransokyo, he turns to his closest buddy—Baymax, an inflatable robo—and his university pals Go Go Tamago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred. Together, they become high-tech superheroes.

What we loved

Baymax was definitely the character that stood out the most for his loveable and caring nature. His naivety comes off as cute and funny, and watching him develop alongside Hiro is very heartwarming. The coolest part of the film is when Hiro and friends take on their hero personas to fight villains with their high-tech gadgets. Kids will be inspired by the fact that each hero’s super powers are based on gadgets they invented themselves in the university’s lab. The fusion of San Francisco and Tokyo into one city made for an interesting and colourful backdrop to the film, too.

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Parental advisory (potential spoilers)

Though it’s an animated film, it’s still an action movie. Weapons are used when fighting the villain, who Hiro tries to kill at one point. The masked villain may also appear scary to younger kids due to his dark and evil nature.

Canadian Rating

PG—Parental Guidance is suggested.

 Final verdict

Kids, teens and adults will all love watching Big Hero 6. There are lots of laughs and impressive animation, but there are also positive lessons on growing up—and letting go.

Emily Rivas is an editorial assistant at Today’s Parent. She enjoys reading, looking up random facts on the Internet, and watching documentaries. She currently studies journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto.

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