Want the perfect family film for the holidays?

Then look no further to ‘Big Hero 6’, the newest Disney film from the studio that brought us ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and last year’s animation phenomenon ‘Frozen’.

‘Big Hero 6’ is based on a comic series created by Marvel and tells the story of a young inventor named Hiro who lives in the futuristic city called San Fransokyo. He loves to create little robots, ready for battle with other robots, but his brother, Tadashi, decides he should use his inventing talents to attend his college at the Institute of Technology.

‘Big Hero 6’ is an amazingly crafted animated film that is full of laughs, fast paced action-packed scenes and beautiful animation that should put smiles on people’s faces. This is a film that fits within most of Pixar’s productions as ‘Big Hero 6’ is both for kids and adults, with jokes adults will get and jokes that kids will get.

The film does have some depth behind these characters, especially the film’s two main protagonists of Hiro and Baymax, a walking talking health computer robot.

‘Big Hero 6’ is beyond awesome, as it is a perfect family film filled with laughs, adventure, action and emotional depth to the story and these characters that makes ‘Big Hero 6’ a continue winning triumph from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

P.S. Stay for the credits!

Score: 9.5/10

Nic’s Review (03/01/2015):

Since Disney acquired the rights to Marvel a few years ago they have done a remarkable job of adapting obscure comic book properties into great films.

They don’t come more obscure than ‘Big Hero 6’, a ragtag team of rookie superheroes who defend the half-American, half-Japanese city of Sanfransokyo. Even more peculiar was their decision to use this as the basis for their first comic book animated adaptation.

So what happens when you mix Marvel with the currently brilliant Walt Disney Animation Studios, the minds behind ‘Frozen’‘Tangled’ and ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’?

Answer: you get a thoroughly brilliant, adrenalin-rush of an adventure that introduces some of the most likeable characters in an animated film in some time.

Hiro Hamada’s arc is too spoilerific to discuss in detail here but the relationship he forges with Baymax, a giant inflatable nurse-robot, is immensely touching. The laughs the pair share with the audience are many but it is their emotional connection that really reaches out the most.

The story is simple and the lessons learned have been taught before, but no animated character, perhaps since WALL-E, has had the ability to tug heartstrings quite like Baymax and the moral implications that he faces through his companionship with Hiro.

The other team members don’t have much screen time but they are nonetheless energetic and exciting to watch in action.

At its heart, ‘Big Hero 6’ is a fun movie; it is designed to entertain and boy does it do a good job. There are breathtaking moments throughout the film, from the opening scene, a car chase to trump many a live-action car chase, and, best of all, the ‘origin story’ scenes where the team tests their powers for the first time. Suffice to say, in all of these scenes it is Baymax and Hiro who control the audience’s attention.

Despite the movie’s hour-and-45-minute running time, it all went by too fast, and I wanted to relive every moment all over again. The pacing is hectic, the colours bombastic and the world beautiful.

Not only is ‘Big Hero 6’  the best animated film of 2014, in an already great year of future classics such as ‘The LEGO Movie’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’, but it is one of the most enjoyable experiences to be had in a movie theatre in a long while, sitting alongside ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in terms of pure unencumbered fun.

Score: 9.6/10

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