November 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm #165295
Saw this film last week. It was an absolute joyride and a lot of fun. Excellent action sequences and excellent screenplay. It will be a massive battle between this and The Lego Movie for Animated Feature (I would choose The Lego Movie by a hair). The film is surprisingly emotional and I found myself getting choked up a few times throughout. I suspect it will be a massive commercial hit (not as big as Frozen, but it will be huge) and Baymax will probably spawn endless gifs.
I predict nominations for Animated Feature, Score and Sound Editing. Adapted screenplay is possible but a longshot.
Grade: ANovember 3, 2014 at 4:28 pm #165297
The Boxtrolls was pretty disapointing (just my opinion) but as of now I think Big Hero 6 looks like the best animated movie this year. Plus the animation looks gorgeous.November 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm #165298
Everytime I see a commercial for this I keep thinking “I want a Baymax damn it”.November 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm #165299
I really liked this film. It reminded me of Wreck It Ralph. And that’s a good thing because I really liked Wreck It Ralph. It could be the film to beat for Animated film.November 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm #165300
If it gets a phenomenally high box office and because popular for no good reason, like that other Disney film released last year, then I will be really pissed off with Disney.November 4, 2014 at 11:13 am #165301
When Disney acquired
the rights to Marvel, nobody knew what to make of the union. With one best
known for wholesome family entertainment and the other geared more towards intense
action intended for older audiences, would they really blend well together?
“Big Hero 6” is clear-cut evidence these two innovative companies are a match
made in heaven.
As impressive as
Marvel’s recent live-action films have been, there are some stories that work
so much better in the boundless realm of animation. “Big Hero 6” is such a
product. Disney takes Marvel’s seemingly unfilmable source material and makes
it jump out of the screen with carnival colors, charming characters, and all
the fun of TVs most stimulating Saturday morning cartoons. The result is a
winning combination that will thrill Disney lovers and Marvel lovers alike.
The film takes place
in a fictional city that looks a lot like San Francisco meets Tokyo called San
Fransokyo. Ryan Potter provides the voice of Hiro Hamada, who utilizes his engineering
gifts to win illegal BattleBot fights on the streets. Through the influence of
his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney), Hiro is eventually motivated to put
his talents to better use. The fourteen-year-old robotics wiz invents a device
to take control of tiny microbots that can make anything. When his technology
falls into the wrong hands, however, Hiro must step up as, well, a hero.
Hiro isn’t alone on
his mission. He’s aided by his brother’s robot Baymax, voiced by a soothing
Scott Adsit of “30 Rock.” This artificial healthcare companion is simplistic in
appearance with a flabby, inflatable body painted white, a habitually calm
voice, and expressionless dots for eyes. Yet, Baymax manages to be one of the
funniest and most lovable animated characters in a long time, serving up an
equal amount of hilarious physical and written gags. Think WALL-E, Totoro, and
the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man rolled into one.
The “6” in question
is made up of four other tech geniuses that join Hiro and Baymax. They include
an adrenaline junkie Asian named GoGo (Jamie Chung), an overly cautious
worrywart named Wasabi (Damon Wayans, Jr.), an energetic mad scientist of sorts
named Honey Lemon (Génesis Rodríguez), and a slacker sci-fi hipster named Fred
(T.J. Miller). Miller in particular steals some of the film’s best lines with
his childish passion for comics and monsters. Occasionally you kind of wish
these four got a little more screen time, but they aren’t the main focus of the
movie. This is truly a story about a boy and his robot. On that basis, “Big
Hero 6” is one of the most heartfelt stories of its kind since “The Iron
In addition to being
a grand fusion of Disney and Marvel, “Big Hero 6” is also an endearing mix of
western animation and eastern animation. It makes sense that Disney would make
a film with such a heavy Asian influence since anime is as popular as ever in
the US and Disney animation is huge in Japan. Last year’s “Frozen” notably became
the third highest-grossing film in the country’s box office history, behind only
“Spirited Away” and “Titanic.” After some failed attempts to mimic Miyazaki
with “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” and “Treasure Planet,” Disney finally gets it
just right through a diverse balance of anime action set pieces, comic book
lore, and their own trademark magic.
Diversity is the
keyword here with Directors Don Hall of “Winnie the Pooh” and Chris Williams of
“Bolt” taking a number of different elements to create a varied world, style,
and story. While we’re on the subject, hasn’t this been a diverse year for animation?
There have been so many strong films and all of them unique in their own ways.
Unlike most years where there’s a universal standout, selecting 2014’s Best
Animated Feature should prove quite the challenge with “The Lego Movie,” “How
to Train Your Dragon 2,” “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” and now this in
contention. As of now, though, “Big Hero 6” feels like a hard act to top.