Big Hero 6 ***1/2


“Big Hero 6” is a fun and exciting animated adventure. It is a Disney production adapted from a Marvel comic book. That mix results in one of the best family films of the year. It has been a rough year for CGI animation in my opinion so this movie could not have come at a better time.

The story follows the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

The devastating events are caused by the emergence of a super villain who can control thousands of tiny robots called nanobots which can take the form of almost anything. The action sequences that result are wildy inventive and could probably only be created in an animated film. This film comes from the creative teams that brought us “Wreck-It Ralph”, another genre bending animated film with lots of wild action scenes.

Disney is on a role right now. “Tangled”, “Wreck-It Ralph” and the phenominal success of last year’s “Frozen” have put them back on the cinematic map in a major way. “Big Hero 6” continues that success with what I think is the best film out of those listed titles. It is a fun and exciting cinematic achievement. One cannot exclude the contribution from Marvel as well who is also on a tear of their own.


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