Welcome to San Fransokyo, a bustling city that you’ll wish you could actually visit. Here you’ll meet Hiro Hamada an intelligent young man wasting his time in back-alley robot fights – his brother Tadashi attends the local university where he spends the majority of his time in the robotics lab working on Baymax, a personal health care assistant that will go above and beyond to care for you. Inspired, Hiro applies to the university but tragic events turn his life upside down and Baymax soon becomes his companion; if you’re thinking Big Hero 6 all sounds a little far-fetched then you’re right, after all this is a Disney animated film. But having said that it did win an Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards and it has received incredibly positive feedback from people of all ages – there are wild colours and endless imagination for children, action and humour for teens and an unmeasurable amount of heart for adults.
For the last couple of years it’s become common for animated feature films to draw a more mature audience, in 2010 those who grew up watching Woody and Buzz were given the final chapter of one of Disney’s most successful storylines, Toy Story 3 which was a long awaited phenomenon (11 years to be exact!), Frozen, The Simpsons Movie and the multiple productions of Studio Ghibli are among the long list of highest-grossing animated films. Although there a multiple companies producing amazing animated films it’s clear that even after all these years Disney is still the frontrunner. Walt Disney Animation Studios actually created a brand new software to produce Big Hero 6’s stunning visuals, and trust me it was worth it!
Big Hero 6 had me laughing and crying, but mostly it made me want my very own Baymax – he’s the perfect companion, one that understands your pain and understands more about love than most people do. Aspects of the film reminded me of Warner Bros.’ The Iron Giant another film I am very fond of; Baymax, like The Ion Giant is a loveable, soft character that will ultimately sacrifice himself for the person he cares for without hesitation. As always with most animated films you can learn a lot about friendship, family and love but with Big Hero 6 you learn all of these things through each of the characters, even the ‘villain’. If animated films aren’t your thing, I totally understand, but I promise that if you do invest your time in this amazing film it could quite possibly change your mind and maybe even leave you waiting for a Big Hero 6 2.0!
By Talia Maguire