With the success of Wreck-it Ralph, Frozen, and Disney’s ownership and further success with Marvel, they are pretty much on top of the world right now. And it seems their comic book adaptations aren’t only limited to the traditional superheroes. Big Hero 6 is a different kind of film, also based on a comic book, but one that sees a group of kids take to the streets after a betrayal that shakes them and what they stand for.

Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) is an extremely smart kid, graduating high school at the age of fourteen. And while he uses his intelligence to build bots and compete in illegal underground bot fights, his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney), who goes to “geek school” (also known as the science department at the local university) thinks he can use his intelligence for something much better. So he encourages him to apply to his university, and once Hiro sees all the fantastic experiments that Tadashi and his friends Wasabi (Damon Wayans, Jr.), Go Go (Jamie Chung), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and Fred (T.J. Miller) are up to, he agrees.

But before getting accepted into the school of science, Hiro has to come up with a great scientific project and get the approval of Professor Callaghan (James Cromwell). Of course, Hiro comes up with the genius idea of microbots, which can be controlled to become whatever you want by telepathic manipulation. But after his work is stolen, Hiro and his friends, which includes the lovable (and huggable) healthcare provider Baymax (Scott Adsit), must stop the thief and get his project back before it’s put to negative use.

Set in Sanfransokyo, which, as you can tell by the name, is a clever combination of San Francisco and Tokyo, Big Hero 6 is the kind of animation anyone can enjoy. It’s full of action, a good story, heartfelt and moving moments between the characters, and has a great sense of humor. It’s outstanding because it makes being smart cool, and every character uses their intelligence to come up with solutions. Rather than relying on strength of body, they rely heavily on strength of mind, and this is prevalent throughout the film.

The animation itself is, of course, great. It’s breathtaking and is of very high quality, with Disney taking the steps to mix superhero action and wonderful characters in the animated world and succeeding. The animators take the best of San Francisco and Tokyo landscape and architecture and put it together to make a very awesome-looking city. I’m not quite sure how loyal the film is to the original comic book story, but is really solid on its own.

Another thing to really like about the film is that its characters are very diverse. More diverse than a lot of other animations in the history of animations, if you really think about it. All the characters are from different ethnic backgrounds and this fact alone is fantastic. The entire voice cast, which also includes Maya Rudolph and Alan Tudyk, give their characters great energy and spark life into them. The most lovable and humorous of all of the characters, however, has got to be Baymax. He’s the most heartwarming part of the film and his presence most certainly gives the movie more fuel.

All in all, Big Hero 6 is definitely a film you’ll want to take your kids (and yourself) to go see. It has all the makings of a great animation with the characters, their plight, and the funny and heart wrenching scenes all combining to make a wonderful film. The fusion of cultures and the diverse characters are to be applauded, and whether or not the film is exactly as the comic makes no matter because it is still able to be good and stand on its own regardless of any changes the studio decided to make. An entertaining and solid animation all-around.

Release Date: November 7, 2014 | Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams | Screenwriters: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Jordan Roberts | Voice Cast: Ryan Potter, Damon Wayans, Jr., Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Alan Tudyk, Scott Adsit, Daniel Henney, Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, T.J. Miller | Genre: Animation | MPAA Rating: PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements



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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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