Big Hero 6 Blu-ray Review
In case you missed the Oscar’s this year (check out our recap), BIG HERO 6 won the award for Best Animated Feature, which really isn’t too surprising since about 75% of the time that award goes to the Disney film of the year. What you may not have realized, is that BIG HERO 6 is loosely based on a Marvel comic series created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau. I say loosely, because the characters are not entirely the same, some of them have different names and their background stories don’t coincide with the film at all, and from what I can tell in the comics there appears to be more than six main characters. Since I’m not overly familiar with the comics, I won’t go into more detail, but if you are an avid reader of the series then be forewarned that this film has taken a lot of liberties with the original concepts.
BIG HERO 6 follows Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter), a robotics prodigy who forms a special bond with an inflatable robot named Baymax, who was invented by Hiro’s brother. When one of Hiro’s inventions is stolen and used for evil, he and Baymax team up with his friends to form a group of superheroes who don’t rely on special powers, but on high-tech gear designed by Hiro and his crew.
BIG HERO 6 is one of those films that feels like it’s teetering on the edge of greatness, but doesn’t quite reach it. The story is good but predictable and the characters are likeable but not relatable, so it was hard for this viewer to care too much about what was going on. It seems like the writers relied too much on the inflatable robot, Baymax, to carry the film, and it was obvious he was the gimmick that was supposed to drag the kiddies in (he would be a cute stuffie).
With all that said, I do love a good superhero origin story and BIG HERO 6 delivers in that department. It was neat to watch these characters use their brains to fight off a baddie instead of relying on a spider bite or a super serum for their powers. Watching Hiro learning how to fly on Baymax or Go Go (Jamie Chung) wielding her wheels (you have to see it to understand) works well in this film, but the characters don’t really seem strong or interesting enough to carry a sequel. In fact, one of the characters didn’t even seem like he really belonged (Fred voiced by T.J. Miller), maybe he’s a vital part in the comics but in the movie he just seemed like an odd duck.
I don’t think BIG HERO 6 will be one of those films that I go back to all the time unless my kids latch themselves onto it, but it was an overall cute film. I like how it encourages kids to use their brains and maybe will inspire some future inventors or engineers, plus it’s a Disney film so you know the animation is top notch. My kids aren’t old enough yet to get anything out of it, but if you have kids that enjoy it, then it’s definitely worth adding to your collection; any animated movie that has a good message and is interesting enough for adults is a good investment.
Video: A beautiful film and another impressive addition to Disney’s Blu-ray catalog.
Audio: Great audio throughout the movie.
Theatrical Short: Feast (6:13): Another cute short from Disney worth watching.
The Origin of Big Hero 6: Hiro’s Journey (15:10): A “making of” type of featurette but delves more into the adaptation from comic to film. This was really interesting and worth watching, especially if you liked the film.
Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters (6:38): A discussion with the animators about their influences, processes and details of their jobs.
Big Hero 6 Theatrical trailer