Movie Review: Big Hero 6

Based on the superhero team, with the same name, from the Marvel Comics, Big Hero 6 was and is the first animated film to feature Marvel characters, which was bought by Disney in 2009. Walt Disney Animation Studios created a new software just for this film. It was released on November 7th, 2014. Big Hero 6 did so well that it won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Animated movie, and several nominations. It then became a tv series on the Disney Channel and Disney XD.

The movie follows a young genius, Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), who is a 14-year-old high school graduate that is fascinated by robotics. Set in San Franaokyo, Hiro uses his free time to fight his robots illegally against his older brother, Tadashi’s (Daniel Henney), wishes. To help guide his brother onto a better path, Tadashi brings  Hiro to the research lab at San Fransoyo Institute of Technology to show him the robotics program. In the lab, Hiro meets his brother’s friends, Go Go (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr. ), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), Fred (T.J. Miller) as well as Professor Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell) who runs the program. Hiro is impressed and wants to enroll right away but to be accepted he needs to showcase his work. At the school’s showcase, Hiro presents microbes, which are tiny robots that can link together using a neurocranial transmitter. His project not only impresses Professor Callaghan but also CEO Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk) of red Tech, who offers to market his project. Hero declines the offer. As Tadashi and Hiro are leaving the building to celebrate his acceptance. a fire breaks out in the hall. Tadashi runs back in to save the Professor, leaving his brother safely outside. Unfortunately, the building blows up, killing the two, who were the only ones left inside.

Skipping forward a few weeks, Hiro in a depressed state was rummaging through his brother’s belongings when he accidentally activates Baymax (Scott Adsit) and an inflatable healthcare robot. Together they found one last microbot, which took off towards an empty warehouse. They have stumbled upon someone secretly replicating the microbots in mass production. They were suddenly attacked by a man in a Kabuki mask. Hiro and Baymax escape and Hiro realize that the fire was staged so someone could steal his project. Hiro knew he had to do something so he programs Baymax with karate moves and gives him armor. Together they track the mysterious man to the docks. Go Go, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred appear to help due to a call they got from Baymax. The masked man catches them lurking and gives chase. The friends escape and make it to Fred’s mansion. Together they decide to become a high-tech superhero team, calling themselves Big Hero 6. 

The team tracks the mysterious man, who they assumed was Krei, to an old abandoned Krei Tech Laboratory. This old had previously been researching teleportation but was shut down when a test pilot was lost during an experiment. While in the lab, the team was attacked again but together they subdued the man revealing that his true identity was Dr. Callaghan. The microbots he had stolen had protected him from the blast after the school showcase. Hiro is rightfully angry and replaces Baymax’s chip with a battle one, ordering him to kill Dr. Callaghan but Honey replaces the chip with the health one at the last second. Dr. Callaghan manages to escape. Hiro only had revenge on his mind and left with Baymax. 

Now home, Hiro tries to replace Baymax with the battle chip but this time Baymax stops him, making him realize that this is not what Tadashi would have ever wanted. It wakes Hiro up who goes to apologize to his friends. They reassure him that they are a team and catching Dr. Callaghan is a priority. While doing research on the old lab, the team learns that the lost test pilot was Abigail Callaghan, Dr. Callaghan’s daughter. Dr. Callaghan is  just seeking revenge and soon attacks Krei at a public event. Dr. Callaghan uses Krei’s teleportation portal to destroy part of the Krei headquarters. The team gets Dr. Callaghan’s mask and microbots away while Baymax and Hiro enter the portal saving Abigail whose in hypersleep. While guiding her pod back out, Baymax gets stuck on debris. The only way to continue out is for Baymax to use his armor rocket and for Baymax and Hiro to split. With a tearful goodbye, they separate and Abigail’s pod and Hiro make it out before the portal closes.  Abigail is rushed to the hospital as her father is arrested. 

Hiro later discovers that Baymax placed his health care chip in the rocket fist. Hiro rebuilds the body of Baymax and uses the program. Reunited with the team, they online to keep crime away. The movie ends with the University naming a building in Tadashi’s honor as well as Fred discovering his father was a retired superhero. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Big Hero 6 is the animated Marvel movie we didn’t know we needed. While it is sad, it also brings meaning. The story line is unique but also there are many links as I said to Marvel, including a Stan Lee Easter egg. It is a great family movie, especially for movie night.

Comment down below the Easter eggs you found in the film.

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