Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Writers: Jordan Roberts (screenplay by), Robert L. Baird (screenplay by)
Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Plot: The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
Running Time: 1 hour 42 Minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 89% Audience 91%
Why I Watched it: Got great buzz and of course very good reviews.
Random Thoughts: I’ve always been an animation fan but oddly as a parent now I see more bits and pieces, now my daughters are both young and they spook easily so I have to pick my spots with them. They saw this before me and they didn’t like it, the younger stopped watching, to be fair they’re 6 and 8.
What I Liked: This is a delightful movie, I don’t use that word often but even though it got great reviews I was surprised by this. It took me awhile to get to it but I’m glad I did cause I really enjoyed it.
Hats off to Disney cause this film looks amazing, I think about how far animation has come and this film just glows it’s so beautiful. Top notch animation, the film tech wise is amazing.
Story wise I was surprised how much of this was really a Super Hero movie, not based on a comic mind you and they did a great job of setting things up without really hitting you over the head that it was what it was. If you could be subtle doing an origin story than Big Hero 6 pulled it off.
The voice work here is very good as well, people forget how important casting is for an animated movie, I feel after the look it’s the most important thing. Even more than story. Everyone is good here my standout is TJ Miller, he’s funny and also really fleshes out his character. Now not so much voice work but the look of Baymax was oft putting at first but it so works here.
What I Didn’t Like: I’ll get this out of the way, come on now animated movies are long, please this didn’t need to be almost 1 hour and 45 minutes, and smaller kids get bored and even for me, I guess I’m a big kid, the film did drag at points. Trimming at least ten minutes would have made the film tighter and gave it better flow.
Also really the death of a family member, I know it works but it’ still cheap heat for me. Also half way through the film does rely heavy on cliches and a standard formula, the first half I thought was much more original and interesting.
Also as a warning for smaller kids, the bad guy is scary and some sense are very tense, they worked mostly for me but I could see smaller kids not liking it.
Final Thoughts: A very good film animated or not also a very good original super hero story, that’s rare.