We didn't set out to be superheroes. But sometimes life doesn't go the way you planned. The good thing is, my brother wanted to help a lot of people and that's what we're going to do. Who are we?
Runtime: 102 minutes
Big Hero 6 (herein referred to as BH6) is an excellent family movie. Up until watching it, I've heard mixed reviews, some love it and others not so much.
I watched this with my children, as our chosen Saturday night movie. It was enjoyable. I don't know anything about the original comics so it was completely new to me. I didn't even know a lot about the story, and I hadn't watched any of the trailers. Basically, I knew it was about robots. That was all.
Anyways, back to the point, I found that it got a bit dull around the fifty minute mark, and that lasted for around twenty minutes, but it soon picked back up again as they got into the action.
Looking at the list of the voice cast, there aren't a great number of them that I have actually ever heard of. There were a couple that I have seen the odd thing from, but out of a total cast of over 30 actors, the only two whose work I was overly familiar with were Alan Tudyk and Maya Rudolph. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing though as I kind of enjoyed not trying to guess whose voice was whose (which is what I always do when watching animated movies).
The best thing in this movie for me was the relationship that developed between Hiro and Baymax. Especially at the end. Ahhhhhhhh.
This section here includes some trivia facts that I found on IMDb regarding the movie. Soemtimes I find these bits interesting and sometimes I don't. For BH6, I did, and wanted to make sure you could see them without going to IMDb (although clicking here will take you directly there)
- Baymax's movement and posing was modeled after studying the movement of baby penguins
- The production team watched videos of fire ants as an inspiration of the movement of the Microbots
- In Fred's mansion, a portrait of Stan Lee, Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics, can be seen as Fred's dad (and in a post-credits scene). As in all Marvel-related movies, part of the contract was to feature him in some way
- This is Alan Tudyk's fourth Disney animated movie. The first was "Tangled", followed by "Wreck-It Ralph", the third was "Frozen", making this the fourth consecutive Disney-Animated movie
- Hiro is the first biracial lead in a Disney animated film. Additionally, his voice actor Ryan Potter is also biracial (like Hiro, he is half-Japanese, half-Caucasian)
- Big Hero 6 contains a large number of hidden "Easter eggs" from other Disney animated features: Hiro's cat, Mochi, is wearing a Stitch costume in the picture hanging in the stairway of his house. Hiro has a figure of Wreck-it Ralph on his computer monitor. The arcade game Sugar Rush is seen in a arcade. At the police station, there is a wanted poster over the shoulder of the police officer that not only has Hans from Frozen (2013), but also one of the misdrawn pictures of Flynn Ryder from Tangled (2010). Stan Lee also make his obligatory Marvel cameo, not only in the family portrait, but also in the after-credits scene. Bolt can be seen in a picture (as noted above)