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Big Hero 6 (2014)

It must be a lot of fun sometimes to write screenplays, especially animated ones. “Big Hero 6”, which is a family gem, must have been a lot of fun to write about. It is just shy of being a great movie, but it is still worth seeing.

It is hard for me to give the synopsis of the movie without giving too much away, but I will do what I can. The hero of “Big Hero 6” is named, well, Hiro (Ryan Potter). He is a smart enough kid to have graduated High School at 13, but uses his skills for illegal robot street fighting. Luckily, he has a great relationship with his college aged older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney). Like Hiro, he is a smart inventor who shows his brother his latest invention, Baymax (Scott Adsit), a nurse like robot. They live with their Aunt Cass (May Rudolph) since their parents died when Hiro was three (as in any Disney movie, it is normal for the kids to seem to be by themselves).

I will not go into more of the plot, as I would have to give some major spoilers. I will say that one of the movies main strengths is its supporting characters. Most of them come from the College setting (the movie takes place in a future city shadowing San Francisco but is called San Fransokyo). We have the hard as nails Go-Go (Jamie Chung), the femine Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and (the nick name giver) Fred (T.J. Miller). We also have the wonderful James Cromwell voicing the Prof. Robert Callaghan.

This is a very well made action animated film, and is suitable for all ages. Some main characters die, and there is one instance where a character makes a reference to spooning (which caught me off guard), but that is all parents need to know. It is a great family flick, and no real age limit need apply. The only main issue I had with the film was the title (I thought it was a little lame, to be honest).

Also, before the movie is the wonderful animated short “Feast”. Also great.

Overall Rating: Three and a half Stars ***1/2

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