2014 has brought us a bunch of awesome animated movies such as The Lego Movie, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and The Boxtrolls, just to name a few. While Big Hero 6 won't top the lot, it may just slot in close behind. The film follows the story of Hiro (Ryan Potter), a young teenager who, after an unforeseen incident, is left in charge of his older brother's loveable robot, Baymax (Scott Adsit). After the two discover an evil and rather mysterious masked villain they decide to team up with Hiro's college friends (because yes, a fourteen year old is eligible for college in this film) to take them down.
I'm a massive fan of animation and will watch any new one that comes along, meaning I have seen a lot of animated films to compare this one to. As a whole, the animated films of 2014 have been pretty damn good, The Lego Movie especially. I've been very excited for this film for a long time now, especially with Disney's recent run of films. Sure, I'm not a fan of Wreck-It-Ralph, but I can understand those who love it. Big Hero 6 doesn't quite live up to the standards set by last year's Frozen, nor does it live up to the expectations set by the damn awesome advertising on Disney's behalf, even if they didn't really push the whole Marvel comics thing. While I was a tad disappointed, Big Hero 6 is still a rocking time at the movies and it's a film I will most certainly be watching again.
The animation work is mesmerising, possibly topping Disney's previous outings. The animation is splendid, utilising as many vibrant colours as the animators could find. That really is what makes Disney films so unique, isn't it. Their colour palettes. In Big Hero 6 it's amazingly realistic; boasting top notch artwork and eye candy like visuals. There's a reason that animations are more consistent than other genres and Big Hero 6 has come along to prove this right once again.
Not only are the on-screen visuals amazing, but the off-screen voice work is rather impressive too. With an ecstatic cast that includes such notables as Maya Rudolp, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung and Damon Wayans Jr... wait, wait wait, what? Okay, the cast may not be too amazing, but hey, they work, and for the most part they're unrecognisable, which is a brilliant thing. But what's better than the mildly fine celebrity cast is in fact the not-so-recognisables, including Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Daniel Henney and a post credits cameo that was unbelievably awesome.
This film could most certainly have received half a star more if it weren't for a ten to fifteen minute sequence in the middle of everything. For the first hour, Big Hero 6 was brilliant. It was funny and had a strong emotional backstory between Hiro and his brother. Then the whole superhero thing was introduced, which I was on board with for a little while. Our heroes then go on their first mission, which takes them to a quarantined island. It's this prolonged sequence that I am strongly against. It's not that the film slows, it's just that it lowers the quality of writing, slapping in a bunch of cheesy dialogue and predictable twists. Thankfully, the film soon picks up again and out heroes go back at it, making for a finale that's every bit as powerful as you would hope it could be.
To sum up, Big Hero 6 may have a ten to fifteen minute sequence where the quality drops, but as far as the rest of the film goes, it's pretty damn awesome. Full of humour, emotion, excellent voice work and mesmerising animation, this film is very entertaining.
3 1/2 Stars