We had a chance to see the new movie Big Hero 6 earlier this week. I honestly hadn’t heard much about it, but when I asked my kids if they wanted to go, they were VERY excited. I wondered if I had missed Big Hero 1 through 5? No; this is the first Big Hero movie. Apparently there is a Marvel comic about it, but that’s way out of my wheelhouse.
Actually I don’t know why it is called Big Hero. Perhaps it is because the main character’s name is Hiro. He’s a little genius who is the younger brother of another genius, Tadashi, who has genius friends named Go Go, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred. They all live in San Fransokyo, which is either a Japanese version of San Francisco. Or a San Franciscan version of Tokyo. It’s tough to say.
Without giving away the plot, there is also an inflatable robot named Baymax who was invented by Tadashi at his genius school where his friends also attend.
He was designed to be a personal healthcare assistant.
Stay with me, it picks up.
A bad guy is trying to do in the good people of San Fransokyo, so Baymax and the crew set out to save them. Who the bad guy is, exactly, remains a mystery until the end. The friends use their genius skills to turn themselves into superheroes, complete with powers!
The movie gets pretty exciting, but is not terribly violent and unlike some supposedly for kids movies – does not have any innuendo or bad language. It is rated PG but I would put it closer to the G category.
After the movie, I asked my kids what they thought. I’ll let their responses help you to make your decision about taking your own kids:
“A good story that you don’t really know what happened in the middle until you see the end”.
“I am going to tell everyone I know to see this”.
We saw it in 3D, which made it a little more interesting for the kids but personally I didn’t think the 3D element added a ton. I’d skip the glasses – but definitely see the movie!