Big Hero 6 (2014)

After waiting a week, I finally was able to get out and see Big Hero 6 on the “big” screen. I use quotes here because, man, the theater I saw this in at Downtown Disney was tiny! We had missed the 45 min earlier show due to traffic in the area and unfortunately this meant the small theater. It didn’t help that the latest Hunger Games movie was plopped down in the big auditorium. I actually think I’d have rather watched this movie on my screen at home rather than see it on a tiny movie screen.

Getting to the movie – I loved this film! Easily one of my favorites of the latest Disney films. I’m not a princess movie guy, but I’ve really enjoyed the last few ‘princess’ features – Tangled, Princess and the Frog, and of course Frozen more than Wreck it Ralph. (I haven’t even seen Bolt or Winnie the Pooh (2011)). So I was a bit nervous about what this movie would bring until I saw the preview at Disneyland in the Magic Eye Theater. Once I saw the preview I knew I wanted to see the film.

The movie lived up to my expectations from the preview – just the right amount of action, fun, and of course Disney heart. It certainly feels more than 10 years away from “Home on the Range” and “Treasure Planet”.. A lot of things happen to young Hiro, and Baymax is the perfect health care companion to help him. This movie really gets a lot from Tadashi and Hiro’s relationship despite the short screen time they have together. I think that is what impressed me the most – I was invested in the characters from the get-go and therefore was impacted by events more than other recent Disney films.

The supporting characters are fun as well and who knows, maybe this will lead to spin off or further movies? Big Hero is a Marvel property so it’s nice to see the fruits of the Marvel/Disney relationship work well. Despite whatever gossip and rumblings of some issues behind the scenes between the two, it seems like this has the best of what Disney offers and of what Marvel has been doing with their cinematic universe. I’m a little disappointed that this officially doesn’t live in the same universe as I was hoping for a Baymax/Avengers cameo.

To sum up, a great movie that I enjoyed – I even got a Hiro action figure!