Before the actual film begins the audience is treated to a short film named “Feast” which tells the story of one man’s love life, break up, reunion, marriage and family through the eyes and meals of his best friend, his dog Winston. Loved it not only because it dealt with the cutest dog but because it reached out to the audience that true love can prevail. The only real issue I personally have with the short film is that the pet parent chooses to feed Winston everything from the table. A bad message to send out to pet parents around the world since people food is not good for our dogs. Other than that it is a joy to watch, beautifully directed with a perfect score and animation effects.
As for “Big Hero 6” it seems to follow three different sequences in the story. First off we follow Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) and his older brother Tadashi (voice of Daniel Henney) who have lost their parents and are living with their Aunt Cass (voice of Maya Rudolph) in the Port of San Fransokyo. Hiro is a youngster that graduated high school at the age of thirteen and has been spending his time making a little fierce robot used to fight in the Bot Games. Not exactly a road to be traveled for such a young brilliant mind. His brother Tadashi is attending the San Fransoyko Tech University run by Professor Robert Callaghan (voice of James Cromwell). After a road trip to the so called nerd school with Hiro where he meets students and inventors Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung) the girl with wheels of speed, Fred (voice of T.J. Miller) the hipster with more to show than expected, Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) the girly powder puff and Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.) the laser splitter. Tadashi has convinced Hiro thereafter to try out for the student showcase as a way to get enrolled in the university. At this showcase his invention is micro bots which are phenomenal and after presented to a room full of observers the pursuers come out of the woodwork including Alistair Krei (voice of Alan Tudyk) the owner of Krie Tech. This entire one third of the film is cute, cuddly and full of laughter that is until a tragedy occurs at the showcase.
In the middle portion of this enjoyable 3D animated Disney film the audience experiences sorrow, loss and bereavement but in the same time becomes friends with the best part of the story, the marshmallow looking medical robot created by Tadashi named Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit). Friendships grow and secrets of revenge become exposed thanks to the efforts of Hiro, Baymax and their friends. Some of the truly most hysterical moments involving Baymax steal the scenes and moments from any other parts in this film. Baymax is truly that excellent! I think if they spent a little more time on the fat cat this too could have added a bit more moments of hysterics to the story.
Yet when the six friends take on a super-villain by becoming super-heroes this final part of the film totally becomes action packed from start to finish yet leaving the audience to once again go deep within their emotions as good and evil fight for turning a wrong into a right. We learn the truth about Abigail (voice of Katie Lowes) and the fact that sometimes things are not as they appear. In the end you may hear “are you satisfied with your care” and I can say in regards to this film I was very satisfied even though in life some things just don’t go as planned. Great direction and animation, superb writing that pulls on ones every emotions even though a bit cliché at times, with a wonderful score, perfect casting on voices and a few twists and turns I must say I give this film three and a half paws out of four by Jon Patch.