Disney Animation Studios delivers on an intimate and emotional level
Here’s pretty much how the plot breaks down: Hiro Hamada is a smart boy with an older, also smart, brother named Tadashi – both with the penchant for building robots. Tadashi is the one who designed BayMax, a robot meant for at-home healthcare and medical assistance. Hiro takes up the challenge of preparing a new technology for Tadashi’s robotics school in the hopes of being accepted by inventing mind-controlled nanobots, but during an “accidental” fire at the robotics event, Tadashi is killed. Turns out, someone broke in and stole the nanobots so Hiro works together with BayMax and Tadashi’s school friends to stop the “man in the kabuki mask.” None of this should be spoilers – all details from the trailer.
Big Hero 6 dealt with a lot of really intense themes pertaining to relationships and you see it A LOT over the course of the movie; heck, it’s the driving force for Hiro. He goes through a lot of change during the film – you see him start out fighting robots in alleys and it takes the loss of his older brother and pretty much changing his whole life around for him to cope with it and feel proud of his intelligence and actually do something with his gifts instead of regularly cleaning out shady robot fighting gambling rings.
I think this film would have felt inappropriate in the MCU, even if this was a live-action take on the comic (it just seems worlds apart from the problems of Thor, Tony Stark, Loki, & company) so I’m glad Disney and Marvel are making sensible choices with their source material in adapting it to the big screen rather than just trying to cram it all together in an overly obvious cash-grab. I’m looking at you, Sony, what with your triple-villain Spider-Man films and your rumored Aunt May solo film.
Sony aside, do yourself and favor and get out to see this puppy in theaters!
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