Marvel collaborates with Disney in the epic Big Hero 6


Kat Shambaugh

Sometimes, even teenagers dream of transforming into big heroes. Big Hero 6, Disney’s first collaboration with Marvel, offers viewers a glimpse into the life of unlikely heroes.

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Based off of the Marvel comic, Big Hero 6 transports its viewers to San Fransokyo, a futuristic city where Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) and his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) use their brains and talent to invent advanced robots.

Young Hiro squanders his gift hustling in the underground robot fighting circuit, but Tadashi eventually turns his brother around by introducing him to the world of college at the robotics school that he attends with his four friends: Honey Lemon, Go Go, Wasabi, and Fred.

Although the movie mainly focuses on robotics and superheroes, it also has plenty of emotional resonance along with the inflatable personal healthcare robot, Baymax. Tadashi created the huggable robot as a project for school, but his inspiration came from his need to protect his little brother. Baymax may be hilarious, adorable and a great sidekick, but, being the only thing left behind by Tadashi, the robot becomes a representation of the close brotherly relationship between him and Hiro.

This movie reveals the beginnings of a collaboration between Disney Animation and Marvel, mixing wonder and charm with the action and awe of Marvel comics. Although not yet in perfect harmony, the two companies take a strange and obscure comic book and transform it into something fun and refreshing for people of all ages.

Big Hero 6 also wows the audience with Disney’s amazing attention to detail. Viewers have seen this aspect in other Disney films such as Tangled and Frozen, but with their newest animated film they step it up a notch. Visually speaking, directors Don Hall (The Princess and the Frog) and Chris Williams (Bolt) have created the most innovative and sophisticated Disney animated film to date. With the Eastern-meets-Western cultural designs and anime/manga incorporations, Big Hero 6 is a feast for eyes.

Not only does Disney’s newest animated adventure include great directors, but the voice actors were placed perfectly into their respective roles. I found the cast instantly lovable, while also being the most diverse cast Disney has ever achieved. 30 Rock star Scott Adsit proves to be an outstanding Baymax, bringing life and energy to the adorable, inflatable robot. Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney show viewers the amazing personalities of Hiro and Tadashi and remind them of the close, irreplaceable relationship between the two all throughout the movie. With their dynamic voices, Damon Wayans Jr. and T.J. Miller make Wasabi and Fred fun and hilarious supporting characters, while Jamie Chung brings strength and independence into her character, making Go Go one of the greatest animated female superheroes to date (“Woman Up!”). Even third-tier characters such as Hiro and Tadashi’s Aunt Cass were voiced beautifully. The wonderful cast definitely establishes the Big Hero 6 team as here-to-stay icons.

Overall, Big Hero 6 offers family fun, action, and adventure for all ages. It represents both Disney and Marvel, while also going off in its own direction, making the film refreshing and fun for its audiences. Judging from the fantastic quality of the storyline, cast, and visuals, I would say that this team of superheroes has a bright future ahead of them.

The Chant’s grade: A+