BIG HERO 6
When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax, the cutting-edge robot and his close friends: adrenaline junkie GoGo Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called Big Hero 6.
Review by Louise Keller:
Bursting with heart, this zippy, switched on family-friendly 3D animation whose Marvel origins are coated with Disney magic, comprises brilliantly clever concepts that are dashingly executed for maximum thrills and enjoyment. Set in a futuristic hybrid city encompassing elements of Tokyo and San Francisco, the characters are also a mash-up of East and West, promoting strong moral values in the fight of good versus evil. Among the inventive science-nerd students who become super heroes is the star of the piece: a hilarious, blow-up robotic nurse called Baymax, programmed to address any state of wellbeing, physical or emotional. Like me, you will fall in love with this giant walking marshmallow - between laughs, thrills and saving the world.
Screenwriters Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson and Jordan Roberts have collaborated to produce a wonderfully innovative script that combines humour, action and character. The establishment of the young genius protagonist Hiro (voice of Ryan Potter), whose passion for pushing the boundaries of robotics, is quickly made, along with his close relationships - with his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) and super-cool friends Fred (T.J. Miller), Go Go (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez). Baymax appears early in the piece, being the invention of Tadashi, who inspires his younger brother to use his intellect at his university lab.
Hiro's invention of microbots controlled by a transmitter that mould and evolve like liquid metal (think Terminator 2), is limited only by imagination, but when it falls into the wrong hands... you get the idea. Meanwhile, Hiro's modifications of the white plastic blow-up Baymax, as he tries to mask the latter's congenial nature by adding karate chips and a metal plated armour, provides some of the funniest scenes. I laughed when Baymax self-deflates in order to squeeze through a window and the scene when his battery is low and he gives the impression of intoxication is hilarious.
There is plenty of action with a thrilling car chase and great flying sequences, in which Baymax zigzags between skyscrapers and beyond - above the cherry blossoms and the Japanese-styled Golden Gate Bridge high into the clouds. The challenge is to prise the kabuki mask from the villain that controls the microbots; Hiro and his pals now assumed the status of super heroes, having transformed themselves into inventive, colourful and deadly robot suits.
Recommended for every age, this cool, sick, cute and hilarious film has something for everyone.
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BIG HERO 6 (PG)
VOICES: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung Maya Rudolph, Damon Wayans Jr. James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk,
PRODUCER: Roy Conli
DIRECTOR: Don Hall, Chris Williams
SCRIPT: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Jordan Roberts
MUSIC: Henry Jackman
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Paul A. Felix
RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios Entertainment
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 26, 2014