For many of us, film and television hold a special place in our hearts because it is such an immersive experience combining many different forms of art when done well.
Animation has been the go to medium for me to get my imagination socks kicked off, after books of course, and I have watched so many great series and films that it’s hard to pick which ones to talk about first. But since I happened to re-watch Big Hero 6 yesterday, it gets the spotlight today.
Disney has been involved in most of the biggest works of animation in our history, even being responsible for much of Studio Ghiblis work being distributed outside of Japan.
You have to hand it to them, they have produced some outstanding work, and Big Hero 6 was a fantastic edition to their repertoire.
The film meshes sadness and loss, silly humor and courage very well, albeit in a way that makes no sense in some instances(but that’s why we watch animation, to be pushed out of the norm) and manages to create a small cast of characters that you can relate to and feel like family very quickly.
Fred is probably the biggest reason that everyone seems to come together so easily as he is just such a lovable character, his enthusiasm for life is magnetic.
Combine him with Wasabis quirkiness, GoGos badass-ness(woman up!), Honey Lemons energy, and Hiro’s emotion and you have a great little group. Throw in the adorableness that is Baymax, and your heart will melt.
From an artistic perspective, the world is really vibrant and filled with life. Color is so well used in this film, and San Fransokyo, an eclectic mix of San Francisco and Tokyo is very, very cool, the kind of place we all wished we lived in.
The build up to Tadashis death, and the heartache of his passing is difficult to deal with. Hiros journey of discovery of who was responsible, his seeking of revenge and then learning to deal with the rage and realizing that Tadashi would not have wanted him to become a villain was very well done.
The pacing never feels rushed, yet manages to really show some growth and development not only of Hiro and his ties to the group, but even allowing Baymax, a robot, to shift and change from a very stiff, formal medical robot into a fun friend that brings the group together.
Overall the film pulls off some great twists, throwing you around emotionally while getting you really invested in its characters. It’s one of my favorite animated films of the last decade, and I highly recommend checking it out!