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Disney does it again. Big Hero 6 is the best animated Disney film for a while. If you need an analogy, think Scooby Doo with superheroes.
As Big Hero 6 started life as an obscure Marvel comic, the film is able to embrace the excitement that Marvel films inherently have, whilst retaining the heart of all Disney films. This is an irresistible formula. I haven’t laughed, nor cried, as much as I did in Big Hero 6 in a long time. It made me cry more than I did in Interstellar, and laugh more than I did in Birdman. Saying that, I don’t know which I cried more in: Big Hero 6 or Feast, Disney’s latest short? All I know is, it was a lot in both.
Big Hero 6 is set outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe, allowing Disney to create a fresh and innovative world. The film is set in San Fransokyo, a mash of two cities that I’m sure you can guess. Co-Director Don Hall described the comics as a ‘love letter to Japanese culture’ and his film is definitely still that. The Japanese elements retained fit in seamlessly with the San Fran landscape, to create a rich and vibrant world.
It is the characters created that make the film special. Without the original characters, Big Hero 6 wouldn’t have half the charm. The star of the show is undoubtedly Baymax. Baymax is much more than just a chubby robot, and produces laugh after laugh. The two brothers who lead the film are accessible and heartfelt, leaving you falling in love. The relationship between the three makes Big Hero 6 both a rich and rewarding experience.
Another major strength of Big Hero 6 is that it has perfect casting. This is most striking in TJ Miller who voices the hilarious Fred, and 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit who gives Baymax his heart. The additions of Alan Tudyk, Damon Wayans Jr. and Maya Rudolph ensure that the supporting cast is just as charming, and keep you smiling in every scene.
The story is excellent, emotional and inventive, and as good as in any superhero film. Though the film shares similarities with both Iron Man and How to Train Your Dragon, it does not replicate either. The elements Big Hero 6 shares with these films are qualities that can be seen across a wide range of films, and are part of the Disney experience. The film is modern, uplifting, and dramatic with inclusive humour and an excellent emotional arc. Yet, it does suffer slightly from that innate Marvel problem: average supervillains. Big Hero 6’s villain isn’t the worst you’ll have seen, nor is it the best.
The Lego Movie may be wittier than Big Hero 6, but this Disney release is enjoyable at every turn, and generally better. Let’s stop lamenting Lego’s Oscar snub and rally behind a movie that is worthy of the prize. (No, I don’t mean How to Train Your Dragon 2.)
So see this film: sit back, relax and revel in the glory that is Big Hero 6. A beautiful, brilliant and amazing film.
Also, STAY UNTIL AFTER THE CREDITS. That is all.