You know what I love? Kid movies that go to great lengths to appeal to adults, too. I call them family movies. Because let’s be real. No parent (or older sibling, babysitter, etc.) wants to take a child to the movies and sit through an hour and a half of immature jokes and nonsensical stories. But no kid wants to sit through a film that’s geared toward adults. That would be super-boring. But lately, movie studios have been perfecting the art of creating films that appeal to kids while not driving adults crazy, either. And I can’t get enough of it.
Big Hero 6 is one of those movies that is marketed towards kids but is perfectly enjoyable for adults to watch, too. There’s a reason it was the number one movie in the box office its opening weekend: People—kids and adults alike—wanted to see it. I saw Big Hero 6 the day after it came out, and I really enjoyed it, so I decided that I would highlight it in this week’s Stuff Devon Likes post.
Big Hero 6 is the first true collaboration between Disney and Marvel since Disney bought Marvel several years go. It’s Disney Animation taking an obscure Marvel comic series and turning it into a beautiful, feature-length, animated film. It’s got the action and adventure of a comic book with the gorgeous graphics and heartfelt storytelling that we’ve come to expect from Disney. I think Big Hero 6 represents the best of both Disney and Marvel, and it makes a wonderful combination.
The film tells the story of Hiro (which, of course, sounds a lot like “hero” when spoken out loud) and his best friend Baymax, a marshmallowy robot, as they work together to save the city of San Fransokyo. Hiro and Baymax team up with four fellow scientist friends to create the ultimate superhero team, Big Hero 6. Each member uses his or her talents and area of scientific research to fight evil. Each character has a well-developed personality and a few quirks that play into their abilities and style. For a kid’s movie, the cast is actually pretty diverse and well-rounded.
One of the most interesting features of Big Hero 6 is the blending of elements from both eastern and western culture. The story takes place in a town called San Fransokyo, which is of course a blending of San Francisco and Tokyo. The characters look like Disney’s version of anime characters, and a lot of the design has an obvious eastern influence, which really sets the movie apart from other animated films.
And of course, this is Disney’s attempt to get in on the superhero movie craze that’s pretty much dominating movie theaters right now. But instead of a children’s version of the Avengers or a less dark version of Batman, this is a totally unique set of superheroes geared specifically towards kids, and I think that’s pretty cool. Plus there are some references to other Marvel characters that adults will catch and enjoy.
I really enjoyed Big Hero 6. The characters are cool, the jokes are hilarious, the story is compelling (although perhaps a little bit predictable for adults), and the movie just looks great. I would recommend this film to anyone who’s interested in superhero films, family films, or just fun movies. It’s definitely worth the price of a movie ticket just to see it no matter what age you are. Check out Big Hero 6 in theaters, and let me know if you like it. If you’ve seen it already, I’d love to hear what you thought of it! Thanks for reading this week’s Stuff Devon Likes, and I’ll see you guys next weekend.