I love Big Hero 6. I honestly think the movie doesn’t get the love it truly deserves.
Luckily, Big Hero 6 is available to watch on Disney Plus and I want more people to check it out while in quarantine.
When Big Hero 6 first came out back in 2014, it went under the radar slightly.
Yes, the critics seemed to enjoy it, but it didn’t make the huge splash at the box office that the likes of Toy Story or any of Pixar’s other movies did.
Let me start off by saying this isn’t a Pixar movie. It’s a Disney animated movie, and easily is one of their best.
It was directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and the film was very loosely based on a superhero team of the same name by Marvel Comics.
So yes, I would go as far as to say that Big Hero 6 is one of the best Marvel movies ever made.
However, it is a very ‘loose’ adaptation of the source material.
That said, Disney managed to turn the source material into something very special.
Big Hero 6 is a movie you have to watch on Disney Plus
Big hero 6 is a film about family and friendship, which is something Disney does very well.
I remember when watching it, thinking there were many similarities to draw with The Iron Giant, which is one of my favourite movies of all time.
Yet, when it came out, I heard many people using that as a critique.
“It’s basically a ripoff of The Iron Giant,” was a phrase many people were using at the time.
However, I think they couldn’t be further from the truth.
OK, so the story shares some similarities with Brad Bird’s 1999 movie in the sense that it’s about a boy who develops a relationship with a robot.
And yes, it is true that robot can be turned into a killing machine.
However, the robot in Big Hero 6, Baymax, was designed as a healthcare robot, and he almost acts as a mother to the movie’s lead character, Hiro.
In The Iron Giant, the robot was designed to destroy things, and there are far more ties with the Cold War in that movie than in Big Hero 6.
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Big Hero 6 is more about the development of technology and the dangers it comes with.
The theme of family is also much more present in Big Hero 6 and depressing as Hiro has to come to terms with the death of his brother.
This is something that really hit me whilst watching Big Hero 6 for the first time.
It is yet again a Disney movie which is unafraid to explore some very dark themes and it does so really well.
The fact that children can watch this movie and both be amused by the robot’s antics and saddened by the death of Hiro’s brother and almost have to come to terms with the concept of death is a testament to how well-made this movie is.
It’s a film for all ages and marked Disney’s return to form with their animated movies.
Before making Big Hero 6, Disney had made Tangled, which was in many ways a return to form from the studio.
Prior to Tangled, there were making pretty average straight-to-DVD movies.
They followed Tangled up with Wreck-It Ralph, then came Frozen which was subsequently followed by Big Hero 6.
Big Hero 6 needs more love
In many ways, I’d see that as an upward graph in quality. Big Hero 6 is easily – as far as I’m concerned – the best movie Disney’s made in years.
The problem is, many people tend to forget about it, but now’s its chance to get the recognition it deserves because everybody can watch it on Disney Plus.
It’s a movie that can be watched over and over again. Believe me, I have done.
It just gets better with every repeat viewing and I can’t stop being amazed by its story, its characters and its animation.
It’s also a beautiful film to watch with so many vibrant colours.
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