Disney plus Marvel equals film perfection in the form of a loveable robot.
When I settled down in the cinema to watch Big Hero Six, I was confident that at 18 years of age I was now only susceptible to the emotional manipulation of Disney films that were a part of my childhood. Surely a brand new Disney animation doesn’t still wield the power to reduce me to an emotional wreck anymore?
I could not have been more wrong.
That’s right, Disney have done it again. And what’s even better than a Disney film? A Disney film based in the Marvel universe. Big Hero Six, based on the Marvel Comics of the same name, combines the Marvel story with the classic Disney mix of sadness, hilarity and friendship that has always left viewers falling in love with fictional animated characters and hastily wiping away tears.
Set in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, Big Hero Six follows the story of the child genius Hiro Hamada, an inflatable robot Baymax built by Hiro’s brother Tadashi, and a group of science students/enthusiasts turned superheroes. When faced with a masked villain armed with formidable technology and a twisted backstory, these students and their marshmallow-esque robot must join forces to take him down.
Their journey takes them through the beautifully and minutely detailed animated San Fransokyo city, which mainly resembles San Francisco but with Japanese advertising and design twists. The combination of Japanese and American culture throughout the film is well done, as are the dynamics of our motley group of heroes. With this fantastic setting, interesting and varied futuristic technology, an extremely lovable group of characters, and a heart-wrenching and compelling story, this is a film you won’t want to miss.
Just please go and see Big Hero Six and then let me know when you’ve seen it so we can all get emotional about it together.
[Dana Stoddart – @DanaStoddart]