Big Hero 6 is about the bond between a boy and his big cuddly oversized marshmallow-like robot Baymax. This computer animated film is Disney's 54th in the animated classics and has been inspired by Marvel Comic's superhero team of the same name. This action packed film that will appeal to both young and old is brought to you by the same team that brought you Frozen and Wreck it Ralph. It has all the markings of adventure, the warmth of family, a big tick for science and lots of cute factor. It made me laugh and cry. Who knew something so bulbous and with no facial expressions could stir the emotions? And that's the magic of Disney.
Set in the imaginary city of San Fransokyo, engineering wizz 14 year old Hiro Hamada, who lives with his aunt Cass above her coffee shop, accidentally activates an enormous inflatable robot called Baymax at a time he needs him most. There is nothing fast about Baymax. He's a robotic health care companion that has been created to make sure you are well physically and emotionally. He is summoned by the sound of distress and can only deactivate once the patient states, "I am satisfied with my care."
After a devastating event, Hiro and Baymax accidentally discover a kabuki masked evil that could destroy the city and everything in it's path. This catapults them into the midst of danger that has Hiro at the police station trying to report the fact, but he doesn't get much satisfaction out of it. He decides to go about investigating to get to the bottom of things and gets unexpected help from friends he had met in a science lab at a robotic university; adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Engineering whiz Hiro goes about beefing up his friends into a band of high-tech heroes to save his city from evil.
Big Hero 6 has come out in perfect time with the school holidays and parents need not begrudge having to sit through yet another children's movie. I have no doubt they will be just as engaged in this 108 minute long film that is full of action and adventure with a good dose of humour and warmth to win you over. I loved it especially since I went in not knowing what to expect and knew nothing about the story. I just happened to be close to a cinema after some lunch in Prahran and decided to take my daughter to the movies. I give it a healthy 8 out of 10 and would love to sit through it again to pick up all the little details of San Fransokyo. There's much more to this film that I will leave for you to discover and enjoy.