WRITTEN BY: Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird
DIRECTED BY: Don Hall, Chris Williams
STARRING: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Daniel Henney
RATING: 3 stars
Big Hero Six may be another Marvel adaptation, but it lacks the charm of many of its predecessors – and it has nothing to do with the fact that it is an animation aimed at young audiences. In fact, the animation is great and the 3D effects are used well. Unfortunately, the story is lacklustre and the film is much darker than expected with character deaths making it perhaps a little inappropriate for very young audiences. That being said, the moral of the story is fantastic as the protagonist learns about grief and finding courage rather than seeking revenge. It is an important lesson for children.
Hiro (Ryan Potter) is a teenage genius in robotics. His brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) encourages him to apply to a robotics college to develop his skills, but a fire soon destroys his dream. Hiro then upgrades his brother's health care invention named Baymax (Scott Adsit) and turns the robot into a superhero to take down a masked villain threatening San Fransokyo.
Adsit does a great job playing Baymax so straight, providing a lot of laughs as well as some emotionally accessibility unusual in a robot. Potter is also very good and their relationship is very sweet. Other actors providing their voices include Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Genesis Rodriguez, T. J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr, Alan Tudyk and James Cromwell but their character development is not quite so strong.
Big Hero Six is a solid action/adventure for children with some good physical comedy, but it is hardly memorable. The young boys I saw the film with would still prefer to re-watch Frozen.