BIG HERO 6 | MOVIE REVIEW

BIG HERO 6, actually the first in what will be many in a franchise and not the sixth installment, is the first Disney Animations Studios release, it is loosely based on a Marvel comic but is not in the same universe of Marvel. BIG HERO 6 was my second favourite animation for the year, just behind HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, which if you know me know I am obsessed with that universe. This movie views as an animated AVENGERS origin movie, set in the same city as BLADE RUNNER but on a nice, no smog day, with some very interesting characters. The animation technology developed and invented for this movie, and all in the future, will change the animation landscape forever and for that alone the movie needs to be applauded. Making the story freaking awesome was a brilliant bonus. BIG HERO 6 is releasing on Christmas Day in Australia, is rated PG and runs for 108mins. Of all kid’s films this holiday, this is my number one pick. All the best………..JK.

 

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REVIEW BY JASON KING

Marvel has a comic called BIG HERO 6, this movie is not a remake of that, it is incredibly loosely based on it. Co-director Don Hall had just finished working on WINNIE THE POOH when John Lasseter (Disney’s Head Creative Officer & Executive Producer of the movie) suggested he go through all the Marvel archives to find inspiration. He found two things in reading BIG HERO 6, a love letter to Japanese culture and a relationship between a young boy and a robot, that is all that comes from the comic book, the rest is created for the movie universe.

In the movie he goes further than a love letter to Japan, he creates a multicultural universe that is a joint Japanese Western culture set in the fictional world of San Fransokyo, do not balk at the city’s name, it was actually the joke name they used while making the film but could find nothing that fit better, there was actually lots of giggles at it when we saw the premiere and had a Q&A with Roy Conli, Producer, a man with incredible oration that filled us with wonder and explained many things about this amazing film.

 

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San Fransokyo literally is a multicultural mix of two towns you can work out :). Our hero of the film, aptly titled Hiro is also the first multicultural character in a Disney movie, he is just like the town, half Japanese and half Caucasian. He is a young genius, a kid on a different path, dead parents and living with his aunty and brother, also a computer genius, but one taken seriously and part of the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. Hiro makes fighting bots and plays them in the back alleys and illegal joints for money. Tadashi (the brother) steers Hiro on the path to greatness and inspires him to create millions of tiny microbots that that can be controlled by a wrist remote control and can nearly build anything. But nefarious characters are circling and when disaster strikes, Tadashi is killed and Hiro is emotionally destroyed, but still has his brother’s invention, a medical bot called Baymax. And so an adventure begins.

You may ask,why BIG HERO 6 and not just BIG HERO? The six is also for the classmates of Tadashi, other robotics geniuses in their own rights who team up with Hiro and Baymax to save the world of San Fransokyo.

 

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BIG HERO 6 | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | BAYMAX AND HIRO

 

While BIG HERO 6 is formulaic and similar to every other superhero film with the young hero having a sad past I found the success is in this Hiro will be more relatable to young children facing loss, and the entire film, while covered in colour, heroes, god guys and bad guys, is actually a film examining the stages of grief. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and finally Acceptance are all covered in detail. And what comes out of it is a super intelligent hero with love all around him.

And Baymax, you will fall in love with this giant fat robot. He is hysterical and loving, everything you need, his movements are all based on a penguin, and being a robot he deals with logic, the perfect thing a wily angry kid occasionally needs. And it was great that his loss of power caused him to basically become drunk – loved that – “hairy baby, hairy baby” – I lol every time I hear this scene.

 

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The animation technology in the movie is amazing to hear about, firstly, all the microbots, their movements are all based on fire ants – more reasons to be freaked out by those eating destructors. They tested Baymax to move like a penguin, a baby and a baby with a full diaper (no shit – totally puntastic), the penguin won out and it truly works. And his face, those eye =……. the eyes of bells found on the streets of Tokyo 🙂

 

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BIG HERO 6 | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | BELLS THAT BAYMAX EYES WERE BASED ON

 

Now the greatest part of the animation is the innovative software creation, it is visually mind blowing.

“We developed an entirely new light rendering system, called Global Illumination, and then we made a piece of software called Hyperion, which is a ray-traced system that allows light to more physically mimic actual light,” he said.

“Light bounces and it was important for us to figure out how to get as many bounces as possible, that way the translucent quality of the (Baymax’s) vinyl comes alive.”

Added to that they also created background character software, you will notice that the background characters are actually all individuals with their own intuitive personalities – so you will not see carbon copies in different scenes – each miniscule character has it’s own personality and will move different, wear different clothes and interact differently, it is barely noticable but it adds to a more alive created universe, that plus the lighting move this film into a pioneered unique league that will from now on be benchmark for animation.

 

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BIG HERO 6 | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | BAYMAX AND HIRO

 

Love Hiro, love Baymax, love this movie, of all the holiday movies this is my pick for the one to take the kids to, I felt like a kid again. I would even shell out the extra for the 3D if the kids are into it. Prepare for tears, but also a great message and superb heroes with amazing action, and expect more BIG HERO 6 movies in the future – they would be silly not to franchise the hell out of this, oh but wait, a certain INCREDIBLES comes to mind :). I will be seeing this in the cinema again and it will have a coveted position in the Salty Popcorn Blu Ray library.

 

4 and a Half Pops