“Big Hero Six” is the first animated feature made by Disney based on a Marvel Entertainment property since the Mouse bought the comic book company back in 2009.
If you’ve never heard of a “Big Hero Six” comic you are not alone. It’s an even more obscure property than “Guardians of the Galaxy.” And look at how that turned out.
But while BHS is unlikely to generate the box office success or audience love that GotG did, it’s an equally entertaining super team movie. It has engaging characters, a lot of heart, thrilling action and nifty special effects. And while it doesn’t have a talking raccoon or a dancing tree, it does have an adorable inflatable robot.
The story takes place in San Fransokyo and centers on young Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) — gifted at robotics but a bit of a slacker. His older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) also has a talent for building mechanical men and has created Baymax (Scott Adsit), an inflatable robot specializing in healthcare.
Tadashi wants Hiro to use his skills for a higher purpose than robot fighting, so he takes him to his special school to introduce him to his mentor, Professor Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell). While there he meets Tadashi’s equally gifted and eccentric classmates — GoGo Tomago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans, Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller). OK, so Fred’s not all that gifted.
Hiro is inspired and comes up with a special project for the school’s science fair. His miniature, Lego-like robots are the hit of the show until an accident occurs that appears to render all his work moot.
Hiro begins working with Baymax and together they discover that his microbots have been repurposed by a mystery man with seemingly evil intent. Hiro rounds up his fellow teen geniuses to try to set things right.
“Big Hero Six” is animated superhero fun for all ages. It probably won’t do as well as “Frozen” since it doesn’t have songs for people to create endless YouTube videos about but it’s every bit as entertaining.