Disney’s newest creation has Americans “Letting Go” of Frozen
BY CAROLINE HOWELL, ’17
Last year at about this time, people were belting out “Let it Go” and crowing over Hans’ apparent betrayal of Anna, but now that Disney’s latest creation, Big Hero 6, has taken over the markets, Americans are waving goodbye to Olaf the snowman and embracing their newest “personal health care companion” Baymax. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, Big Hero 6 has already sold over $177 million in tickets since its release, Nov. 7., and will continue to be shown at Lennox throughout the holiday season — making it the perfect film to watch with family and friends over break.
Big Hero 6 is the byproduct of the recent Disney-Marvel merger, and its superhero influences are present throughout the film. The thrilling plot, endearing characters, and stunning graphics are sure to have viewers wondering just why this is the first time the two have combined It just seems so natural.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the movie was much more versatile than its predecessors — including the perfect blend of humor, sorrow, and action (the only thing it lacked: singing. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing). To make up for it, Fall Out Boy’s new song, Immortals, debuts in this film.
The film takes place in the high-tech world of San Fransokyo (get it?). Here, we find 14 year-old boy genius, Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) hassling older men in forbidden matches of robot fighting. His do-good older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) convinces Hiro that robot fighting isn’t a viable career option and introduces him to his engineering school. In the lab, we meet Tadashi’s nerd-friends: the oh-so-sweet Honey Lemon, a feisty Gogo Tomago, overly compulsive Wasabi, and Fred — who isn’t exactly a genius. Just a sign-flipping fan boy– as well as his latest creation: an inflatable nurse named Baymax. Hiro loves the school so much he decides that he wants to apply.
To get in, he created a product called microbots to win over the administrators. Microbots are tiny metallic cells that can be activated and assembled by whoever yields their control device (good or evil).
In a classic Disney fashion, disaster strikes and Hiro and the nerds must team up to catch the evildoers who stole his bots. To defeat the evil villain, Hiro enlists the help of Baymax, and a few gadgets of his own to give the team superpowers.
The graphics in this movie are unbelievable. At one point, Hiro and Baymax soar above the high-tech streets of San Fransokyo. Additionally, the opening sequence perfectly blens aspects of the two cities: the modern and beautiful, as well as the hidden side, alley fighting. The characters are all-around lovable. Baymax is caring and compassionate, and non intimidating in nature. Each of the friends bring their own element to the team.
Also, emotions in this movie are perfect. There’s an amazing blend of humor, sorrow, and in-between. Viewers are left sitting on the edges of their seats through the films many twists and turns, and laugh almost until the point of tears when Baymax runs of of power and acts drunk
The one thing that’s not quite right: the villain. With the stolen microbot technology, he is capable of wiping out the whole team with the single thought. Instead he uses the bots to build elaborate structures, intended to trap the team (but of course, they always manage to escape). The villains tactics are fascinating to see a couple of times, but in the end leave viewers feeling incomplete.
Bottom line: adorable characters, captivating plot, and the animation is totally worth the extra charge for 3D. Big Hero 6 is sure to win over the hearts of many this holiday season.