Big Hero 6, Don Hall & Chris Williams 2014
By Ali Tenenbaum
The story here isn’t Disneyified (i.e. a vehicle for silly voices and sarcastic sidekicks) as most American animated films are today. The audience is effectively drawn into the sad tale: a ragtag group of self-described nerds bands together to help one of their own. Baymax, an awesome chubby robot, is at the center of it all. He’s loveable, supremely huggable and sensitive, but also strong and brave. The Japanese anime feel blends surprisingly well with the Americana superhero style into a delectable hybrid. It’s not perfect, drags a bit in the middle and resorts to some formulas, but all easily forgivable because of its big heart.
Kids (duh), grandma, everyone.
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