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Big Hero 6

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Disney always hits the nail on the head when it comes to delivering upbeat and lovable films that are fun for all ages, and their latest release Big Hero 6 is no exception.

Set in the futuristic fictional city of San Fransokyo, the film tells the story of boy genius and robotics enthusiast Hiro Hamada and his older brother Tadashi. When a tragedy strikes the family, Hiro teams up with a plus sized inflatable robot named Baymax and a group of close friends to try and solve the mystery.

Although based on the Marvel comic of the same name, there have been some changes to the plot, setting and characterisation to make it a little more child friendly.

The graphics and creative vision in this film are just superb. Traditionally dense subjects like robotics, chemistry and interstellar travel are made to seem fun, exciting and accessible to a young audience.

In recent years, Disney has made an effort to diversify its characters and create fresh role models, like Merida in Brave (2012) and Tiana in The Princess and the Frog (2009). My favourite thing about Big Hero 6 is the wide range of characters.  The tall and feminine Honey Lemon, a female character who at first glance people would assume is ditzy, is actually a talented chemistry student at college. Even the minor role of the interstellar pilot is a female robotics expert named Abigail Callaghan. I think representing women in traditional male positions and fields creates some wonderful role models for younger viewers. There is no attempt at white washing or stereotyping in this film which is very refreshing. Wasabi, an African-American man, is an equally brilliant physics major. Hiro Hamada is also the first bi-racial lead in a Dinsey film, and is voiced by Ryan Potter who is also bi-racial.

The robot Baymax is undoubtedly the most lovable character and really ties the whole story together. His movement and posing was reportedly modelled after the movement of baby penguins. Whether it’s his waddling walk or sweet expressionless face, this personal care robot is guaranteed to get to the whole audience laughing and crying.

This is truly a film that has everything – comedy, action and tears. I really can’t fault it.


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