Big Hero 6

BigHero6This animated adventure-comedy follows a young boy named Hiro Hamada battling big criminals with his robot companion Baymax, family and friends to save the city of San Fransokyo. Inspired on the Marvel comic series, Big Hero 6 is well-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and supported with effective emotional elements.

Sacrifice, teamwork, loyalty, and honest goodness permeate the expertly constructed plot, which still contains the standard superhero elements that really impress audiences (e.g. thrilling chase scene, enormous resources to create equipment/battle evil, etc.).

Aunt Cass, voiced by Maya Rudolph, plays a largely functional role that sets up the outstanding brother relationship between Hiro, voiced by Ryan Potter, and the older Tadashi, voice by Daniel Henney. These boys take an amazing life journey amid a technology-filled world.

The Hamada brotherhood naturally expands to a quartet of talented, eclectic wunderkinds in their own right – cyclist inventor GoGo Tamago, voiced by Jamie Chung, laser expert Wasabi, voiced by Damon Wayans Jr, chemical expert Honey Lemon, voiced by Genesis Rodriguez, and Fred, voiced by T.J. Miller (Cloverfield, Tuffnut in How to Train Your Dragon).

Scott Adsit (TV’s 30 Rock) provides the voice of Baymax, a robotic healthcare companion who helps Hiro and his team face a villain, who hides his identity behind a kabuki mask. Alan Tudyk (I, Robot) also gets into the act as a corporate executive Alistair Krei while James Cromwell voices educator/inventor extraordinaire Robert Callaghan.

The fast-paced song soundtrack and music score by Henry Jackman help keep the action moving, but it’s the amazing effects and animation that impress audiences on the highest level.

Big Hero 6 also includes a nice bonus scene after the ending credits. A meaningful and high entertaining film experience. Highly recommended (***1/2) and rated PG for action violence.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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