I always knew Big Hero 6 was destined for big things (pun intended) when I first learned about it and saw demo footage some time ago. The theatrical version made a ton of cash, but never did I think it would win Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars. I’m so glad it did though, as it’s a near-perfect film that anyone can and will enjoy once they embark on the epic adventure here with the always cool and lovable Baymax along with Hiro and their friends.
Taking place in the fictional but awesome city of San Fransokyo, the story follows our hero named ironically enough, Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter). He’s a super smart teenager that graduated high school when he was thirteen and loves to build robots to fight with in the underground world of bot fighting where he makes loads of cash off the gambling there. After getting caught and being held in jail for the umpteenth time, Hiro’s older brother Tadashi thinks he should apply his genius intellect at the college he goes to instead of bot fighting all the time. Not long after meeting the awesome medical robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit) that Tadashi invented, as well as meeting Tadashi’s nerdy but cool friends named Fred (T.J. Miller), GoGo (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Honey Lemon (Génesis Rodríguez), Hiro decides he will join the college.
Things take a turn for the worse when tragedy strikes Hiro and his newfound friends when a mysterious man in a mask destroys the science expo they were attending that kills Hiro’s chance to join the college as well as some people close to them. This leads Hiro and the gang to put their heads together and form a superhero team that’s powered by technology they’ve invented to find out who this masked guy is and to put a stop to his plans that threatens everyone in San Fransokyo and the world.
I’ve always been a sucker for superhero and animated films. So to have both put together so well by both Marvel and Disney (Big Hero 6 was originally a lesser-known Marvel Comic series) is just a match made in heaven treat. Everything from the story, action, drama and especially the comedy hits all the right marks. Added to this is the wonderful voice acting from the cast that comes together with spot-on chemistry that serves to take the film to new heights….Oscar winning heights that is. I absolutely loved all the characters here as I’m sure everyone who watches will, which makes it easy to feel their ups and downs that will surely pull at your heartstrings.
As with all great movies, watching this in high definition served to make things even better. The transfer Disney has done is flawless and showcases every detail and frame of wonderful animation to perfection. The audio is just as fantastic, making sure every piece of dialogue, sound effect and awesome soundtrack rings through crystal clear. And what would this super release be without some super powered extras? Viewers will be glad to know that there’s plenty of them here and that they’re just as great as the movie.
Kicking things off is the Oscar winning animated short called “Feast” that was made from the same people who did the infamously popular Disney short “Paperman” which I ultimately love and still watch here and there constantly. This time around the animators bring us a tale about a dog and his love for eating all kinds of food and the love he has for his owner. As with Paperman, this short will capture the hearts of any who watch and will also easily show why it earned the best animated short Oscar.
In “The Origin Story of Big Hero 6: Hiro’s Journey” that’s hosted by Jamie Chung (GoGo), viewers get to see how the crew behind the movie came up with many of things they used to make it. From research trips to Tokyo and San Francisco, to directors Don Hall and Chris Williams excitingly pitching storyboards, as well as talking with and meeting some of the heads at Marvel, this extra is a fantastic backstage pass of fun for those who watch. There’s also plenty of other features such as talking with the lead animators, deleted scenes, Easter Eggs for viewers to find, hilarious gag animations and more that will keep viewers busy long after the movie ends.
Big Hero 6 is one of the best and fun movies I’ve seen, animated or otherwise, in some time. While there were some other animated films out there I loved as well, I am glad this one won the big award at the Oscars, along with the short Feast winning best animated short film. With a winning two-fer like this, you’ll want to throw on your superhero suit and blast off to the nearest store to pick this release up. You and your family will be so glad you did.