‘It’s alright to cry’ reassures Baymax, Hiro Hamada’s personal healthcare assistant, ‘crying is a natural response to pain.’ Over the course of watching Big Hero 6, it becomes clear that the words of this film aren’t only applicable to the characters within it.
Hiro Hamada is a young genius battling with his own lethargy and talent. After dealing with tragedy, Hiro embarks on a mission with Baymax, a healthcare robot and his science friends to hunt down a mysterious villain named Yokai and bring him to justice.
The beautiful animation is complimented wonderfully by the voice cast who all perform aptly. Ryan Potter, Jamie Chung, T.J Miller, Genesis Rodriguez and Damon Wayans Jnr all bring the team of Big Hero 6 to life, each creating a unique voice and personality to distinguish one character from the next when they so easily could have become after thoughts to the show stealer, Baymax, who is made so human by Scott Adst he is bound to become a classical face of Disney merchandising in the foreseeable future.
While Big Hero 6 dazzles children with it’s colourful visuals and hilarious slapstick humour… there’s a dark, underlying topic that it so bravely deals with in a feature appropriate for children. Grief is prominent, Hiro’s journey may be disguised as that of a super hero origin tale, but we are reminded often enough by the cuddly Baymax that Hiro’s emotional state is priority. This leads to all kinds of artistic touches including the brilliantly crafted foil characters and, most impressively, several scenes that both uplift the audience while breaking their hearts simultaneously. With Pixar level emotion felt (produced by John Lasseter) the film is a sure fire winner to anyone.
It’s briskly paced also, without skimping on character details, vital for Disney’s longest film at 105 minutes long. Henry Jackman produces both a loudly exhilarating and softly touching score to reverberate the emotional flair of the feature, as well as some great additional soundtrack by Fall Out Boy that fully crafts the world of San Fransokyo into a immensely vivid and interesting place.
In terms of negatives, it often feels like the Hiro and Baymax show when the movie is titled for all six of them; though they are without question the most interesting and enjoyable characters, the movie would not have been damaged by developing the others further.
However, there’s a huge positive of this film which cannot be taken lightly; how seriously it takes mental illness. While Big Hero 6 may not cure depression and suffering as it does for Hiro, it certainly acts as a big, friendly, inflatable companion to help.
An emotional journey with exhilarating passion, Big Hero 6 is a definite winner. I am satisfied with my care.