I adore Big Hero 6 (2014). I am a die-hard Disney fanatic and animation is probably my favorite movie genre.
Big Hero 6 has overtaken Frozen (and maybe even Secret of the Wings) in my list of favorite Disney animation films. From the very beginning, I was blown away by the amount of work and how beautiful the graphics and animations were. In my mind, it even beat 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007).
I love the concept of San Fransokyo and I wish it were real! The city was a beautiful blend of western and eastern culture. Some of the awesome things that were incorporated into San Fransokyo were:
- The famous rolling hills in San Francisco
- Japanese shrine/temple tiled roofs on the Golden Gate Bridge
- Financial District modeled after Shibuya
- Japanese advertisements and the Transamerica Pyramid
- Victorian-styled residences with cherry blossom trees
- Futuristic Yamanote and Chuo lines
- Yokohama Bay Bridge to San Francisco’s East Bay
Baymax and Tadashi
Baymax is the epitome of awkward cuteness. Just watching him move around sends me into fits of giggles.
I saw many parallels between Baymax and Tadashi. At the beginning of the film, Hiro saw a reflection of himself on the back of Tadashi’s scooter. Later on in the film, Hiro saw another reflection of himself as he is flying on Baymax’s back around the Shibuya skyscrapers.
Perhaps Baymax is Tadashi’s creation, but they both share the same aptitude to not give up on Hiro when he loses his way. Like a guardian angel, Baymax replaces Tadashi and they even get their own secret handshake like what Hiro and Tadashi used to have.“Falalalala.”
* Just a side note- have you seen the voice actor for Tadashi? He looks like him!
Death of a Loved One
One of the themes in this movie is the death of a loved one. Hiro struggles with the aftermath of Tadashi’s death, and he loses motivation to continue robotic studies. When he realizes that the Yokai is actually Professor Robert Callaghan, Hiro is overcome by revenge and hatred at him for causing Tadashi’s death. He overrides Baymax’s programming to destroy instead of to heal, and he was only stopped by his fellow superhero friends.
Professor Callaghan himself suffers from the death of his daughter, who disappeared into a portal. He too, seeks revenge on Alistair Krei by stealing Hiro’s microbots.
I think one of the lessons instilled in Big Hero 6 is how to deal with the ugly feelings that surface from the unjust death of a loved one. Although Hiro is definitely not a villain, Professor Callaghan is also portrayed in a kinder light. The difference between the two is simply that Hiro was able to overcome hatred and accept love back into his life, whereas Callaghan could not.
It’s interesting to see a trend in terms of villains in Disney’s latest films. Frozen (2013), Wreck-it-Ralph (2012), and Maleficent (2014) are just some examples of how Disney has changed their ways in portraying villains. In Frozen, it is the prince that turns out to be the antagonist, motivated by his greed and jealousy towards being the youngest in his family. Ralph lets us see the world where “bad guys” can be “good guys” if we look past judgment. Maleficent asks viewers to think about everybody’s background story in order to see the complete tale.
I am bad and that is good, I will never be good and that’s not bad, there’s no one I’d rather be than me.
– Wreck-it-Ralph (2012)
Oh yeah… it’s a superhero movie
I thought Fred was hilarious. He got to realize his dream of becoming a fire-breathing super hero, and it was a funny twist to make him rich.
But other than that, the ending seemed kind of abrupt to me. I was thinking more of having hundreds of Baymaxes around San Fransokyo, helping the elderly. Instead, it turned into a superhero movie, or should I say scientific genius movie?
What did you think of Big Hero 6?