I just saw the new film Big Hero Six, co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. It is a fairly satisfying animated family film the likes of which you would expect from Disney studios.
There were a lot of young kids in attendance. If you have young children that you want to see the film with you needn’t worry about any objectionable material. In fact, one of the best aspects of the film is it’s promotion of science and technology as something fun and adventurous. There will be a few kids who will see the film and become inspired to study the sciences.
The film is imaginative and humorous. To me, it seemed like a mash-up of Japanese anime and an episode of Scooby Doo. Even the fictional locale is a mash-up.
The animation is bright, cheerful, busy, and evocative of anime. The film jumps right off the screen with heavily saturated colors and a 3D feel, though it is not actually 3D.
A boy named Hero is entering puberty as he’s thrown into a conflict involving robots, a science professor, and a tech sector industrialist. The plot definitely reminded me of a Scooby Doo episode, with a group of friends working together to battle a villain. The best part of the film is the main robot character, who is given all the good lines and creates the most humorous elements.
Humor is definitely the biggest emotional component, though the directors try mightily to tug the heart strings as well. I would say that if there’s one place where the film falls flat is in that department. It never achieves the emotional heft of a film like Pixar’s Up, or Toy Story 3.
That said, it’s an enjoyable family film that will please adults as well as it’s target audience.