At one point, Disney was knocking out animated hit after animated hit from the late eighties through to the late nineties. But then something happened, and that spark of creativity vanished for around a decade,resulting in plenty of predictable movies. Recently however, that company seems to have found their mojo again. Films like Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen have been big winners for the studio. And Big Hero 6 looks like that hit train isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”
I think one of the biggest advances in recent years with animation, is how CGI is finally starting to have some life of its own. That’s an idea that made 2D animation so effective, as that was an effectivie way to make characters pop on the big screen. 3D animation on the other hand, has had a hell of a long slog so far, with characters feeling more like plastic dolls than anything else.
But it’s all finally coming together, and Big Hero 6 looks so damn magical. It’s got colour, cool designs and a ton of heart. I’m quite keen for this film, you could say. Big Hero 6 is out on November 7. Don Hall and Chris Williams direct.
Last Updated: September 26, 2014