Directors: Don Hall and Chris Williams
Writers: Don Hall, Jordan Roberts, Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle
Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, T.J. Miller, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr.
Studio: Walt Disney
“Big Hero 6″ proves that Marvel can’t be stopped. While Disney has gone out of their way to play down the role that Marvel had in its creation, the comic has been around the Marvel Universe for about 15 years. In that time, you’ve maybe had 30 stories told about the team. Marvel freed up Disney to tell whatever story they wanted to tell and Disney knocked it out of the park. Baymax has gone from dragon changeling protector robot to the baddest ass form of healthcare in an animated film. Then, there’s James Cromwell as lackluster villain. I’m getting ahead of myself, so let’s back this up.
Super-heroics in animations didn’t work for me until Brad Bird tweaked it in “The Incredibles”. Since then, I’ve seen multiple takes one everything from faux mature comic adaptations to more efforts to ground superhero flights of fancy in reality. It’s like creative teams have gone out of their way to forget what makes the characters work. Then, there’s that end credits scene. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but it only serves to drive home the point that there are two giant trains of thought running this movie around the track. What do we need? Fun juvenile flights of fancy or serious looks about super powered responsibility?
Baymax steals the show and it’s a real credit to Scott Adsit’s voice acting. Adsit has appeared in the past on “30 Rock” and as a background character during the recent Posehn/Duggan “Deadpool” comic run. What makes him so great when he’s not using his powers is that he cares for Hiro. Hiro is a pretty non descript lead character, but he’s given purpose by the white latex blob that is Baymax. He falls in line to protect Hiro at every cost, while teaching him the importance of family. Your kids are going to love it, so don’t fight me and watch it already!
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!