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Big Hero 6 | Ryan Potter, Maya Rudolph, Daniel Henney, James Cromwell, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Daman Wayans, Jr | Review

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4sm The Flick Chicks movie rating for this film is GOOD Judy Thorburn

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4lg The Flick Chicks movie rating for this film is GOOD

 

Big Hero 6

Disney Animation Studios enters the Marvel Universe by bringing their little known comic book characters, Big Hero 6, to the big screen.  The result is a delightfully entertaining film adaptation, in what appears to be the introduction of yet another superheroes franchise, featuring one of the most endearing animated characters ever, that is sure to grab the heart of people of all ages.

While the story follows the usual formula of good versus evil, with superheroes out to save the day, there are several very imaginative elements added to this scenario including, but not limited to, the  futuristic mashup of Japanese and American culture and landmarks.

Set in the city of San Fransokyo, the story follows Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) a 14 year old tech genius that has been living with his Aunt Cass (scene stealer Maya Rudolph) since his parents died. Rather than continuing his education, Hiro enjoys his time entering the small, but powerful mini robots he created, in illegal back alley fights.

The first step in Hiro's life altering path begins after he tags along with his big brother, fellow super smart tech wiz Tadashi (Daniel Henney) on a visit to his lab at the Fransokyo Institute of Technology.  That's where Hiro meets a diverse group of like minded engineering geeks that ignites his interest in going back to school. As a means to impress the school's head professor, Mr. Callahan (James Cromwell), Hiro creates a plethora of telepathically controlled microbots that have the ability to morph into whatever his mind commands, but has the potential to be dangerous if put in the wrong hands.

When Tadashi dies in a mysterious explosion, grief stricken Hiro soon discovers that his brother left behind a secret invention called Baymax (Scott Adsit), an adorable, inflatable robot nurse that looks like a cross between a giant walking and talking marshmallow, the Pillsbury Dough Boy and the Michelin Man, and is programmed to provide health care and emotional support to those in need. What's more, the big white rubbery robot will not deactivate until the person he serves says that he is satisfied with his care.

After learning that his microbots have been stolen, and are in the possession of a sinister masked villain (that bears a striking resemblance to the infamous real life Masked Magician) Hiro comes up with a brilliant plan to transform the low keyed Baymax into a powerful, kick ass, red suited flying machine and recruit four of his brother's friends from school, feisty Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), stoner dude Fred (T.J. Miller) that offers more than meets the eye, muscular, dread locked Wasabi (Daman Wayans, Jr), and Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) a mini skirted, eyeglass wearing chick.  Each are a superhero in the making as Hiro suits them up individually with their own special weapon he has designed to battle the mysterious villain, find out his identity and what his motives are. With Hiro leading the pumped up team, the five wiz kids plus Baymax become the titular Big Hero 6.

Beautifully animated and visually compelling, Big Hero 6 has all the right elements to delight audiences including adventure, action, just the right amount of humor, plenty of charm, and a strong, emotionally charged message about loyalty, courage and sacrifice.  But the story's real secret weapon is Hiro's newfound sidekick, the adorable, huggable, and totally irresistible Baymax who provides much more than comic relief with his sweet, childlike naiveté, clever and funny dialogue, engaging manner, and lots of heart. You can't help but fall in love with this character that will have you laughing as well as bringing tears to your eyes.

Baymax says he was programmed to serve and satisfy.  True to what audiences have come to expect from Disney Animation Studios, viewers will be more than satisfied with this appealing, family friendly, animated gem that serves them well.

By the way, it will be worth your while to stay after the credits roll because you will be treated to an additional scene featuring Fred and a surprise cameo.

 

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