A good time laughing out loud and weeping in secret is what a great storytelling can do to us, which Big Hero 6 flattered brilliantly. Read along to find out if it can also entertain you just like any other great Christmas season animations from Disney. Many details are omitted to avoid major spoilers.
Hiro (Ryan Potter), the protagonist, is apparently a science prodigy. After winning a bot-fight unexpectedly with his two-face cute-and-evil tiny robot, Tadashi (Daniel Henney), Hiro’s older brother, reveals to us that bot-fights are illegal in this fictional metropolis, San Frantokyo – a mashup of San Fransisco and Tokyo, voila-and Hiro himself graduated from the high school at the age of 13. He’s 14 in the timeline of the film if you are wondering just like I were.
Hiro is this bratty, arrogant and somewhat pessimistic teen who is keen to live a life with illegal bot-fights; however, his brother who studies at a local university tries to convince Hiro to use his talent and to care about his higher education. Tadashi takes Hiro to his lab at the university on the way when they are going to a bot-fight.
Hiro gets fascinated by the projects lying around in the lab by Tadashi’s labmates/classmates/schoolmates, Go Go (Jamie Chung), Washabi ( Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and the school moscot, Fred the Lizard (T.J. Miller). Tadashi also shows Hiro his personal project, Baymax – a personal healthcare robot. If you don’t know, Baymax does talk and it is voiced by Scott Adsit.
On the way out of the university, Hiro and Tadashi encounter a professor in the university who invented the technology Hiro used to build his fighting bot, Professor Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell). Due to admiration of Professor Callaghan and pure fascination toward robotic science, Hiro decides to join a science fair to impress Professor Callaghan in order to get into the university.
Hiro wows the entire audience at the science fair with his micro-bots including Professor Callaghan and Alistair Keri (Alan Tudyk), a successfully business man. Keri offers to buy Hiro’s invention but is stopped by Professor Callaghan. There is definitely some bitterness between the two. Hiro takes the offer from Professor Callaghan and decides to join the university.
After the fair, someone sets the entire building on fire. Tadashi runs back to rescue Professor Callaghan who is considered to be trapped. The building explodes; Tadashi is killed.
Due to the grief of losing his brother, Hiro hides himself indoors and avoids seeing people. Accidentally, Baymax gets activated and decides to help Hiro feel better to fulfill his personal health care robot obligation. Soon, the team of two finds out that Hiro’s micro-bots are not destroyed in the fire and the fire must not be an accident.
After chasing the clues, Hiro and Baymax encounter the masked antagonist who is operating Hiro’s micro-bots. Baymax does not seem to be able to fight against the enemy. Hiro recruits Go Go, Fred, Washabi and Honey Lemon and assembles an entire “super-hero” team of six including Baymax with armor upgrades.
They confront the masked bad man and get to learn that what the masked man is doing is to revenge for his daughter who is lost or dead in another space during a teleportation project by Krei. Big Hero 6 defeat the masked man, and Baymax finds that the daughter is still alive. Hiro and Baymax enter into the teleportation gate t o save the daughter under the risk of never coming back.
Baymax sacrifices himself in order to push Hiro and the daughter back into the reality. Several months later, it appears that Hiro starts to attend the university with his friends. In Tadashi’s lab, Hiro places the last piece from Baymax by the window, a fist. He fist-bumps it and finds the memory chip Tadashi created for Baymax, which is hidden inside of the fist.
Big Hero 6 is another almost-perfect blend of science fiction and touchy emotions. The dynamic between Hiro and Tadashi is inevitably real and sincere. The brother love is strong enough to make the whole story logical. The story is straightforward and definitely kids-friendly; however, if you are one of those brainy who wants more, then you probably should go to the room next door for Interstellar.
Baymax’s cute appearance and its pure intention of curing Hiro from his grief teaches a lesson to follow audience effectively. Baymax cares to know how Hiro feels and want to know in order to help; besides,Baymax is huggable, “fat” and soft. a perfect someone everyone needs. Another message from the film is, indeed, that education is important. The entire film somewhat serves as a giant PSA for the kids in the audience.
Optimistically, I believe Big Hero 6 can inspire some to love science and give importance to education.