The 54th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and inspired by the Marvel superhero team of the same name, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter), who learns to harness his skills and ambition – thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller). When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit) – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.
Disney and Marvel are the biggest film companies around, and whether it’s a fairytale about the Snow Queen or the latest adventures of a man in an iron suit, they’re two companies that have millions of people constantly looking forward to what they’re going to release next. So when Disney and Marvel team up to make a family animation about superheroes, why would you not be excited?
As with any Disney animation, Big Hero 6 is at the top of its game in terms of visuals. Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios endlessly produce flawless animations full of colour and mind-blowing visual effects, but also the most compelling and likeable characters time after time. And that’s why Big Hero 6 is so impressive, tied up in a knot.
With a story centred around family, friendships, and teenage anxiety, the film’s main character, Hiro, is one that many of its younger audience can relate to. As Hiro finds a much-needed friend in Baymax, so does the audience. The story is heart-warming and endearing at its core, but also filled to the brim of science fiction adventure and excitement at the same time.
Big Hero 6 is certainly another timeless animation from Disney that will make you both laugh and cry, full of characters that many of us would love to see solve more mysteries with both their courage and unique powers.
Big Hero 6 is set to be released on DVD on 31st May.