“Big Hero 6” this weekend
Combining the heartwarming family vibe of your favorite Disney movies, the intense superhero action of your favorite Marvel flicks, a dynamic, diverse range of characters and lush, vibrantly imagined animation, “Big Hero 6” is clearly a strong contender in the Best Animated Feature Film sector of this year’s Oscars. But what, exactly, is this newest comic book-adapted movie about?
“Supah Ninjas”’ Ryan Potter leads the cast as Hiro Hamada, a teenaged robotics wunderkind living in San Fransokyo with his Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph) and his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) after the boys are orphaned at childhood. Worrying that Hiro is wasting his potential after graduating high school at 13, Tadashi takes Hiro on a tour of San Fransokyo University to share his most recent work, an inflatable, vinyl healthcare companion robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit). Sufficiently awed, Hiro subsequently vows to abandon illegal botfighting and apply his prodigious intellect to something a bit more societally beneficial. What Hiro ends up creating are telepathically commanded nanobots: miniscule neurotransmitter-controlled robots, astounding technology inevitably too easily corrupted for its own good. After a tragic turn that leaves both Hiro and the audience reeling, Hiro and Baymax must band together with Tadashi’s quirky university friends — Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Fred (T.J. Miller) — and transform into superheroes to defeat the mysterious man in the Kabuki mask, who’s intent on destroying the world with the help of Hiro’s own nanobots.
Boasting an 8.1/10 on IMDb, along with an 89 percent critic approval rating and a 93 percent audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “Big Hero 6” has met with both critical and commercial success. Not only has the film earned a whopping $426 million at the global box office, it has also received nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature, the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film and the aforementioned Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
And for good reason: Despite following the enormously lucrative animated giant that was Disney’s “Frozen,” “Big Hero 6” — dare I say it — holds it own and then some, according to critics and consumers alike. Many consider the lovable, marshmallow-like Baymax an absolute scene-stealer, while countless fans proclaim this film the perfect futuristic blend of humor, hijinks and heart. This is one fun-filled, action-packed movie you won’t want to miss.
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