Big Hero 6
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, and more.
Directed by: Don Hall and Chris Williams Story by: Don Hall and Jordan Roberts Screenplay by: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, and Jordan Roberts Head of Story: Paul Briggs and Joseph Mateo Based on the Comic by: Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle Music by: Henry Jackman
Premise: A thirteen year old mechanical prodigy, Hiro withdraws from the world after the untimely death of his brother. Yet it is his brother's final project that makes Hiro realize that what he'd thought was an accident, might have been something else entirely. And he's going to find a way to get to the bottom of it. (Rated PG)
1) Voice Acting - Total Thumbs Up: Ryan Potter was adorable as the thirteen year old prodigy, Hiro. Scott Adsit was perfect for the calm, soothing voice of Baymax. T.J. Miller was a hoot as Fred. Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., and Genesis Rodriguez rounded out the fun group.
2) Artwork/Animation - Total Thumbs Up: The world of Big Hero 6 was fascinating - giving us lots of interesting things to look at. The whole concept of San Fransokyo was brilliant. It made for a truly fascinating place for our heroes to have their adventure. The clash of cultures and how they mingled together made me want to see more. Making the San Francisco Bridge out of Torii gates? Super awesome.
They had fun with the cinematography, too. Some lovely overhead shots down into the crowds. Lots of definitely spectacular city scape views. The sunset during one particular scene was breathtakingly beautiful. Krei's corporate headquarters was really cool looking. And the lab building at the college? Any nerd's dream.
Disney did a marvelous job on their textures. Between Baymax, the little filings, the portal, and Honey Lemon's balls, they covered a nice range. The zone (you'll know it when you see it) was incredibly impressive - such awesome colors.
3) Story/Plot - Total Thumbs Up: Unlike a lot of movies, where from the previews you learn almost too much about what to expect, Big Hero 6 played it sneaky. All the major elements are in the trailers, but there's also a lot they didn't even hint at. The plot also works at getting the audience invested, so when strategy strikes, we have a highly empathic reaction. Nice job!
Several themes run through the film - family, loss, staying true to yourself, living up to your potential, friendship, and a few more. All were quite understated, (aside from looking at things from a different perspective) but are definitely there.
There's a very cute and totally true spot in the film writers and other creative types will totally relate to - coming up with an idea. What I liked even more was the quick time lapse sequence showing all the work that was done to bring the idea (once he got one) to a reality. As the old saying goes "2% inspiration, 98% perspiration. Heh heh
Lots of lovely little surprises pop up along the way. And Heathcliff? Priceless! Love the man! (Make sure to watch for his tiny expressions. Heh heh) Also, you must absolutely sit through the credits for the last surprise - totally cracked me up.
"Feast" - the cartoon before the film - beyond precious!
Conclusion: "Big Hero 6" will be a big hit for both comic book and anime lovers alike. San Fransokyo alone makes the film worth watching - add in Baymax, Hiro, and the others, and adventure abounds. Make sure to sit through the credits! The bit at the end was way, way too much fun.
Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again)