Big Hero 6 Review
Big Hero 6
Nov 7, 2014
Don Hall, Chris Williams
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Golden Globe Nomination
The movie has been nominated for Golden Globe, in best animated feature
Research for the role (BAYMAX/MOVEMENT)
BAYMAX’S MOVEMENT AND POSING WAS MODELED AFTER STUDYING THE MOVEMENT OF BABY PENGUINS.
Research behind the study of Microbots
The production team watched videos of fire ants as an inspiration of the movement of the Microbots.
Research for the role (BAYMAX/Design)
THE INFLATABLE, VINYL, TRULY HUGGABLE DESIGN OF BAYMAX IS INSPIRED BY ‘SOFT ROBOTICS’ RESEARCH AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY.
Research for the role (BAYMAX/Face)
The model of the design of Baymax’s face is a Japanese traditional bell which is called Suzu. Don Hall, the director says that he got an inspiration when he visited a temple in Japan.
Research for the role (BAYMAX/Super-suit)
While designing Baymax’s super-suit, there is a drawing resembling the top half of Iron Man’s helmet.
New and different mythical city (SAN FRANSOKYO)
According to Scott Watanabe, the movie is set in an alternate future where after the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was rebuilt by Japanese immigrants using techniques that allow movement and flexibility in a seismic event. After the city was finished being rebuilt, it was renamed San Fransokyo due to it being a city with Japanese and American architecture combined. The idea of combining San Francisco with Tokyo’s landscapes was based upon John Lasseter’s advice of creating a new and different mythical city for the film.
CGI of the movie
Visually it’s amazing, DISNEY ANIMATORS ARE PUSHING BOUNDARIES WITH EVERY NEW FILM. In some shots, specially those showing San Fransokyo streets you can forget you are watching computer generates graphics it looks so real. Also the textures like the hair of the characters is mind blowing.
Hiro is the most developed of the human characters (he is Funny, his actions, however rash and dangerous, are understandable and he grows and learns from his mistakes) and he along with Baymax makes the movie great. Although the other humans are all fun in their own way. Also, Hiro shows you to never give up, no matter what happens along the way. Just stay positive and keep your friends close to help you.
The villain in this movie is good as well. Just goes about his job doing evil stuff in an evil manner and is threatening throughout.
However, this was still a very fun movie which did go places (dark intense places) I did not expect and improved the movie for me
Cool Mascot for Disney.
He shows a large, huggable posture that can really be a cool mascot at Disney parks or events for all to enjoy and remember when “I saw that movie”
Q&A with Ryan Potter( Main Voice Actor)
Now, you grew up in Japan until you were seven, the comic book Big Hero 6 was a love letter to Japanese pop culture, so this is part of your DNA really, this is the stuff you grew up with.
Ryan Potter: Absolutely. I mean, you have to realize this film takes place in San Fransokyo. I grew up in Tokyo. Every holiday season I would go up to visit my family in northern California. I’d visit San Francisco. My mom grew up in San Francisco. I’m very familiar with both of these cities. And, you know, the comic book, it’s published by Marvel, an American company, but it’s based around these Japanese superheroes. And that’s what I am. I’m Japanese-American. I embody that, you know, comic books are my life, and it’s just been very surreal.
So a Disney movie based on a Marvel comic book about the two worlds you grew up in — it’s like a dream role for you.
RP: Yeah, I mean, the thing is I watched Disney films growing up as well, so that’s where it comes full circle again. I spent my first birthday at Tokyo Disneyland. And to be able to work on, you know, an Asian-American comic book that became a Disney film that takes place in two cities I grew up in, it’s like — it’s mind-blowing. I don’t — the way it’s worked out has been blowing my mind.
Tell us a little about Hiro — what about him really appeals to you? What do you think makes the character so great?
RP: What I love about Hiro is that it’s been easy to work with him, because I mean, I am Hiro and Hiro’s me, and you know, we’re very similar in the sense that when we set our minds to something, we get it done. That’s the bottom line. We wear our heart on our sleeve and, you know, we’re very…what you see is what you get. We’re both “what you see is what you get.” That’s what I loved about working with Hiro and being able to voice Hiro, ‘cause it’s me up there.
Now behind us is Baymax, I don’t know how well people can see him on Camera but he’s back there. You have a big brother (Tadashi) in the movie, but Baymax sort of takes over as your big brother in a way, and I understand that in real life you work with Big Brothers & Sisters of America. Talk about the importance of having that kind of figure in your real life and your screen life.
RP: Yeah, my Big Brother James has been a massive, just a massive influence in my life. He’s been a huge role model and, you know, without him I don’t know if I would be here. I just don’t know. You know, he’s been my Baymax, he’s been my Tadashi and he’s kept me on the path and he’s been the role model that I needed.
Let’s talk about working with the directors and the cast — I guess you guys didn’t get a chance to work together a lot, but how was the whole process for you?
RP: It’s crazy because I didn’t work with any of the castmates. I worked with Maya Rudolph very briefly, for 20 minutes max, and she was phenomenal to work with and was just so funny. But you’re in the booth by yourself. And you know, it’s interesting — everyone’s like, ‘Well, doesn’t that seem to be a disservice?’ But being able to be in the booth by yourself, it’s up to you, you know. You don’t have to wait for someone to say their line, you don’t have to — maybe they mess up their line and you have to start all over again. There’s none of that. You’re in the booth by yourself and it’s all up to you. I love being able to take on that challenge.
How does it feel to have your action figure?
RP: (Laughs) I mean, that initial response is…man, it’s amazing. I mean, I have so many collectibles and action figures at home that it’s a dream come true to be able to add my own figure to the ones that I’ve collected since I was a child.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Big Hero 6 offers something for everyone: action, camaraderie, superheroes and villains. But mostly, Baymax offers a compassionate and healing voice for those suffering, and a hug that can be felt through the screen.(Click here to see)
Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams find new angles on the required action beats, playing up the human relationships and having fun with Baymax’s logical, single-minded nature. (Click here to see)
Big Hero 6 is such a great movie! The animation is beautiful and is somewhat reminiscent to Wreck-It Ralph (which I loved as well). This movie managed to topple my expectations before I saw this movie in theaters. It has great voice acting, touching moments, a great tribute to science, and, again, has absolutely gorgeous animation and the only downside being its predictability. Big Hero 6 will definitely move on to be a Disney Classic (Demolisher7778/MetaCritic)
Take my word for it, or better yet go find out for yourself: Big Hero 6 is a treat. (click here to see)