Big Hero Six Blasts Off!

Caroline Albacete '17, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Disney’s Big Hero Six opened in theatres November 6, 2014. It’s based on Marvel Comic’s series, also entitled Big Hero Six. The story follows Hiro Hamada, a robotics prodigy with an incurable lazy streak who enjoys competing in illegal robot fights for quick cash, which often lands him in trouble. Luckily, Hiro’s older brother, Tadashi, is there to look out for him. Tadashi helps Hiro find a place in a stellar university, where Hiro will be able to develop his talent for robotics and engineering. Unfortunately, Tadashi does not survive to see his brother enter the university. After Tadashi’s death, Hiro withdraws into himself, letting his anger and hurt at losing his brother consume him. Tadashi’s friends, and Hiro’s future classmates, try their best to pull Hiro out of his funk, but nothing works until Hiro rediscovers Baymax, Tadashi’s last robotics project. With the help of Baymax, and his loyal friends, Go Go, Honey Lemon, Wasabi, and Fred, Hiro sets out to save the city from a notorious villain and avenge his brother’s death.

Big Hero Six received and 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which should speak for itself as to the quality of the film. Big Hero Six is an extremely well-done and diverse movie. It’s refreshing to see a movie where only one of the five main characters is white, especially after big hits like Frozen, Tangled, Brave, and Wreck-It Ralph. The story itself is also very touching and realistic. The relationship between Hiro and Tadashi develops well and leaves viewers truly sorry for Hiro’s loss. The “gang” development was well done because, as in real life, the characters are not instant friends, but slowly learn to trust each other and themselves. The villain is sympathetic and three-dimensional, with actual reasons other than greed motivating him.

Big Hero Six is a phenomenal film, and one well worth watching. It hosts a diverse and interesting ensemble cast, and the main character is relatable and complex. All the characters in the film are three-dimensional and the animation is just amazing. In this movie, no one is left behind.

Starring the voices of: Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada; Scott Adsit as Baymax; Daniel Henney as Tadashi Hamada; Jamie Chung as Go Go; Damon Wayans Jr. as Wasabi; Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon; T.J. Miller as Fred; and James Cromwell as Robert Callaghan