Film Review: Big Hero 6


Disney’s Big Hero 6 is an entertaining and engaging animated feature. The film offers enough to satisfy viewers of all ages.

Living in the city of San Fransokyo, young prodigy Hiro is encouraged to use his skills for something other than robot fighting. When Hiro develops a special bond with inflatable robot Baymax, who helps him investigate after a devastating event…

Big Hero 6 offers the best of Disney in terms of animation, a story with heart and humour. The heart of Don Hall and Chris Williams’ film lies in the character development. The main characters in the film are multi-faceted, and thus more convincing than protagonists in some animated features.

The relationship between Hiro and Baymax is both humorous and touching. There is the physical comedy of Baymax present, but also a more engaging relationship that develops between the pair. Supporting characters are more one-dimensional, but this is to be expected given their limited screen time.

Big Hero 6‘s narrative takes a little while to unfold, but this is necessary given the need for character development. The film blends a number of genres, including action adventure, drama and mystery. Big Hero 6 throws up a significant red herring in the mystery element of the film. This functions successfully to divert the audience’s attention.

Pacing in Big Hero 6 is good. The film allows or relationships to develop without neglecting action. The action sequences work well to exhibit the more imaginative side to the futuristic world created in the film. Animation is strong throughout the film. The use of 3D is subtle, and blends well into the animated world presented in Big Hero 6. The soundtrack is a fitting accompaniment to the on screen action.

Big Hero 6 is the latest in a line of well-executed Disney animated features, where narrative is not neglected in place of spectacle. Big Hero 6 manages to offer a great balance of these.