Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90% (Critics) / 92% (Audience)
Directed By: Don Hall and Chris Williams
Written By: Don Hall, Jordan Roberts, Robert L. Baird and Daniel Gerson
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr. and James Cromwell
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Synopsis:The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. – (Source)
The design of this film from the characters to the science fiction gizmos to the absolutely breathtaking city of San Fransokyo (a futuristic hybrid of Tokyo and San Francisco) is just wonderful. The animators and artists at Disney took no shortcuts with the look of this film and everything from the skyscapes to the Asian influenced architecture looks to have been carefully designed down to the most minute detail.
But of course the biggest selling point of this film is the character of Baymax. If the trailers weren’t enough to make every child under the age of 13 become obsessed with this fluffy robot then the second they leave this theater I predict a lot of parents will be driving straight to the nearest mall to get whatever Baymax tie-in merchandise is available. The design of the character is great (he looks like a cross between the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and EVE from WALL-E. And the entire package is made into a fully formed and engaging character thanks to the awesome voice work of Scott Adsit that gives Baymax tons of charm and heart.
Aside from Hiro and Baymax the rest of the team of hi-tech heroes get short shrift in terms of character development. Instead they are all basically walking, talking character traits.
There are a couple of “Bambi’s mother” type scenes in this movie that could possibly make a grown man shed a tear…and that is darn ugly.
Final Verdict:A wonderful bit of world building and absolutely gorgeous animation all wrapped up in a truly fun story makes BIG HERO 6 a complete success. This is the type of movie that works whether you are a little kid or just a kid at heart.