BIG HERO 6 (Theatrical Release USA 2014)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.9|5.0 Stars ìììì

Big Hero 6
becomes another defining point in Disney’s computer animation department and stands as a mini-masterpiece of animation and storytelling. The story radiates one good set of values after another based on forgiveness and justice, love for family, and the importance of education in finding one’s way in life.

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Fourteen-year-old Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) lives in San Fransokyo. Hiro builds robots for illegal robot wrestling games. One of his robots takes the city’s best robot down, completely dismembering it. But, his older brother, Tadoshi Hamada (voice of Daniel Henney), has a better plan for Hiro’s future and takes Hiro to his college laboratory to show Hiro a healthcare robot he has created. Hiro receives an invitation to attend college by legendary robot inventor Robert Callaghan, (voice of James Cromwell). Hiro is enthusiastic about the offer and wants to attend. All he has to do, to attend college, is make a robot for the upcoming robot convention that significantly shows his ability in robotics. Hiro invents Microbots and ‘wows’ the judges; but after the successful presentation of Microbots, the convention hall catches fire. Hiro’s brother attempts to save Professor Robert Callaghan, but tragically loses his life in the fire. Later Hiro sits in his room wondering what to do next when Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), his brother’s healthcare robot, comes to life to assist Hiro after he has stubbed his toe. One of Hiro’s Microbots begins movement and Hiro thinks it is broken. But Baymax takes the Petri dish that Microbot is in and follows it with Hiro in hot pursuit. The journey stops at an old abandoned warehouse. They find that Hiro’s Microbots, supposedly lost in the convention hall fire, are being mass produced in the warehouse. The Microbots rise up and try to take out Hiro and BayMax. They both flee for their lives and the story is on.

Additional Thanks

This is best work for Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. Thank you to Executive Producer John Lasseter (who is also Vice President of Pixar Studios) for making the film possible. The rest of the cast/characters include: Fred (voice of T. J. Miller), Go Go (voice of Jamie Chung), Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans, Jr.), Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez), and Alistair Krei (voice of Alan Tudyk).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This film teaches good values without preaching. It's a very good choice for the child/adult share and provides excellent opportunities for family discussion after viewing.

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