JEANNE'S REVIEW

 

What's not to like about a big, pudgy robot, who looks like a larger version of the Pillsbury Dough Boy, and his six compatriots who are brought to the screen by Disney to solve crimes? Based on a Marvel Comics series, and created by the people at Pixar, "Big Hero 6" is a truly delightful tale for the entire family.

 

Baymax, the robot, was originally designed by a San Fransokyo (interesting combination of all things great in San Francisco and Tokyo) Institute of Technology brainiac, Tadashi, as a personal health care companion. After a tragic fire, Tadashi's younger brother, Hiro, takes Baymax and reprograms him. Hiro is after the bad guy with a Kabuki mask --- and he has Tadashi's five fellow institute co-inventors to help.

 

"Big Hero 6" is actually quite amusing, and honestly endearing. The kids will go crazy for Baymax --- he's so squishy and cute --- while parents will appreciate the  humor, and often intelligent script. Hiro is totally adorable with big eyes and shaggy hair bopping along astride Baymax as they wing their way over San Fransokyo.

 

Though David was less than thrilled --- he's such a curmudgeon these days --- I found "Big Hero 6" to be completely entertaining and more than socially acceptable. Hiro's companions are racially diverse with no stereotyping --- how refreshing!

 

And --- as an added bonus --- the short before the movie called "Feast" is a wonderful treat!

 

Opinion: See It Now!

 

DAVID'S REVIEW

 

The first part of Disney's "Big Hero 6" is amusing and original. I especially liked the bot fights and the clever facial expressions of the mini-bot which is victorious in a David-and-Goliath type confrontation with a much larger, more imposing robot.

 

As Jeanne will synopsize, young Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) and Baymax, a marshmallow-like inflatable robot (voiced by Scott Adsit), become fast friends and eventually form a super hero team. The last two-thirds of the film are devoted to their adventures, which I didn't find all that intriguing. I'm basically exhausted with super hero shenanigans, whether its live action or animated.

 

Loud battle scenes, like those in this film, that are unnecessarily prolonged by filmmakers usually end up to be tiresome. And I didn't see anything particularly remarkable about the animation, other than a few aerial scenes which give an acrophobic like me a bit of a thrill. I'm sure that younger moviegoers will find this movie entertaining, and some adults will consider it endearing.

 

I agree that "Feast" prior to the main film was a joy. Maybe the feature film had too much to live up to for me.

 

Opinion: See It Now! (if you're about 8 years old)