I got to screen Big Hero 6 the other night and I must say I was impressed!

This is Disney’s Holiday Season animated piece and a bit of a ground-breaker for them.  This marks their first animated feature film based on a Marvel property since their acquisition of Marvel five years ago.

The film opened with Disney’s latest animated short “Feast”.  This short was done in a similar style to 2012’s Academy Award winning “Paperman” and was directed by Patrick Osborne, who was the supervising animator on Paperman.  Feast is the story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. Who doesn’t love an adorable little puppy and like Paperman, there’s no spoken dialog (with the only exception being Winston’s occasional whimper or bark)

Here’s a clip of the cuteness:

“And now, our feature presentation.”

Big Hero 6 was simply stunning.  I saw it in 3D, but it will still look great without it.  The San Fransokyo sets and futuristic architecture on some of the newer buildings gives you a feel that these buildings could really exist in the real world.

Like most Disney films, the main character is without parents.  Granted, the source material for this is Marvel, but it seems to be formulaic to plot and character building when it comes to the hero, whose name just so happens to be Hiro.  Hiro’s smart, like above-average smart, and he graduated high school at 13.  He’s wasting his talent though, building “bots” and entering them in underground illegal bot fights for cash.  Hiro’s older brother, Tadashi, realizes he can’t stop him from entering the bot fights but instead tries to pique his interest by showing him the geek lab at his college campus.  Here, Hiro gets a taste for what it could really mean for him to use his talent that could better him as well as society.  Tadashi shows Hiro his creation, Baymax.  Baymax is a robotic personal medical assistant.  On the inside he’s a robot, but on the outside he looks like a big, huggable inflatable marshmallow.

Hiro’s “micro bot” presentation at the college’s tech fair was a big hit.  This was his audition of sorts to see if he has what it takes to make it at the university.  Tragedy strikes during the expo and Hiro decides that it’s up to him, with the assistance of Baymax and his new friends, to uncover the mystery of what happened.

There’s some great humor in the movie but parents should be warned that some scenes may be a bit scary for kids under 5.

Overall, I highly recommend going out and seeing Big Hero 6 with the family!  Don’t forget to stick around for a special scene after the credits are finished rolling!

Genres: Animation, Action, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements.
U.S. Release date: November 7, 2014
Running time: 108 min.

Cast: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph
Directors: Don Hall & Chris Williams
Producer: Roy Conli