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Title: Big Hero 6

Movie: :4.5stars:
Video: :5stars:
Audio: :4.5stars:
Extras: :3stars:

HTS Overall Score:91




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Summary
With super hero movies dominating the marketplace it wasn’t long until Disney proper got their fingers into the pie (well, that is besides owning Marvel Studios themselves). “Big Hero 6” is adapted from a line of Marvel comic books and had to be changed a bit to fit into the Disney mold. Softened, so to speak. Still the film kept the excitement, adventure and humor or a full blown comic book movie, but added in the heart that Disney is so famous for, creating a homogenous blend of the two styles that is a blast to watch.

Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) is a child genius living in the futuristic city of Sanfransokyo (apparently a megatropolis), content to use his incredible robotics skills on making bots to hustle unsuspecting victims at robot fights. That all changes when his older brother, Tadashi (Daniel Henney) introduces him to higher education and the wonderful potential he can unlock there under the tutelage of Professor Callaghan (James Cromwell). After demonstrating his skills by creating a neurologically controlled set of micro robots dubbed “microbots”, Hiro is ready to go forward with his life only to be halted in his tracks by an explosion that rocks the demonstration, taking the life of his brother Tadashi. Devastated and feeling along, Hiro retreats into isolation, ignoring his and his brother’s friends in the process. When he finds out that his brother’s pet robotics project, code named Baymax, is still working things take a dramatic turn.

Baymax is a medical robot that’s entire purpose is to act as a personal assistant/medical caregiver that Tadashi spent his entire time at college creating. Being the one last remnant of his departed brother, Hiro clings to it like life itself. The activated Baymax happens to find the long surviving microbot from the explosion in Hiro’s jacket pocket and the pair soon find out through the electronic link that a mysterious man in a Kabuki mask is recreating Hiro’s work. Tracking the man down, the duo realize that he also isn’t exactly using it for good. After the Kabuki masked man tries to kill them, Hiro must convert Baymax and his late brother’s friends into a team to exact revenge on the man who most likely caused the explosion. With a little robotic help, he turns his brother’s friends, Fred (T.J. Miller), Go Go (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguize) AND Baymax into a fighting force that can take on his own creation of microbots. Running under the assumption of the villain’s identify being famed industrialist Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk) the 6 teenagers run face to face (quite literally) with him, only to realize that not everything is at it seems.

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Baymax is the heart and soul of the movie, and I make no bones that he is one of Disney’s most adorable creations yet. I mentioned that Disney had to make some pretty heavy alterations to the source material, and one of them is Baymax turning into a cute, cuddly marshmallow of a character, from a monstrous lizard type monster in the comics. Usually I’m not a fan of drastic alterations from comic source, but Disney handled the changes with incredible finesse, turning Baymax into a character that pretty much every little girl and boy is going to be going nuts over. The rest of the crew has had their own alterations, but they fit quite well into the new universe. Damon Wayans Jr., Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez do a great job as their superhero alternatives, and T.J. Miller really rounds out the cast as the series humor element (and that’s saying a lot for me since I’m NOT a fan of T.J. in most of his comedic roles as he gets a bit too annoying normally). However, Ryan Potter as Hiro and Daniel Henney as Tadashi along with Baymax just steal the entire movie. Tadashi may only be in the movie for about 25 minutes, but his role is vital in the way he motivates and inspires his brother throughout the whole film.

The film deals with a lot of rather mature themes for a Disney movie and is one of the few modern PG Disney flicks that actually EARNS its PG rating. The recurring element of dealing with the loss of a loved one runs heavily throughout the movie, weighing deeply on Hiro and the resulting relationship with the sweet and kind Baymax. Instead of just dealing with the pain in an overly saccharine way, they decided to let Hiro go through all the pangs of grieving. The sadness, the pain, the anger and desire for revenge, even betrayal as a result of that raging anger, he goes through them all and it gives the character a much for natural feel. It still has that Disney flair, and the ability for love, but there is a surprising amount darkness to the film.

The only real downside to “Big Hero 6” is that it doesn’t exactly give us the greatest villain on earth. The movie was much more of an origin story, both for the characters and the villain himself, so it felt like there wasn’t as much at stake this go around. It’s obvious they set the movie up for a sequel though, as the comics went on for quite some time, and Disney greenlit a sequel within a month of it blasting the box office records. I had an absolute blast watching it in the theaters and had just as much fun watching it in my home theater as well (and I’ll have probably just as much fun watching it a third time when I review the Blu-ray as well). It has all that Disney charm, mixed with a decidedly exciting Marvel flair that really works and begs for watching a nice large screen.





Rating:

Rated PG for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements.



Video :5stars:
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Shot in scope format, “Big Hero 6” explodes onto Blu-ray with an absolutely awe inspiring presentation. The colors are bright and vivid, popping off the screen at every turn in a way that can only be described as unadulterated eye candy. Reds, blues and greens are about as shiny and straight from the digital tap as you can get. The clarity and detail is just astounding as the digital animation lends itself to lots of little details from the shifting shadows along the characters, to the little hairs and indentations on the clothing they wear. The microbot concoction that the Kabuki villain utilizes allows for the identification of thousands (nay millions) of individual bots that are visible to the naked eye. Black levels are amazingly inky and deep, with shadow detail looking incredible. The disc itself looks like there are no imperfections thanks to the encoding as well, since banding, compression artifacting and digital manipulations seem to be absent from the image. Simply put, demo material all the way. One of Disney’s best.








Audio :4.5stars:
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Disney gives us a 7.1 DTS-HD MA encode (thankfully not 7.1 TrueHD with all the issues that has wrought in the past) which sounds amazing. It may not be the Atmos track we were hoping for since it was shown that way theatrically, but the lossless encode is nothing to sneeze over. Dialog is about as perfect as you could hope for, locked firmly in the center channel and given lots of emphasis. Being that this is a superhero track in Disney guise you can be sure that we’re going to get a massively immersive experience and that’s exactly what you get. The surrounds and rears get a TON of play as the little sounds of the microbots chatter all around you, or the roar of battle when the 6 get into it with the Kabuki villain. Even the sounds of car shrieking its tires or hearing the suspension compress sound amazing and highly directional. LFE throbs with power and really makes the track soar. It’s a very tight and controlled bass, though, as it doesn’t pound you at every turn, but adds a nice layer to the bottom end and still comes out to roar when it needs to. Simply superb.





Extras :3stars:
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• The Origin of "Big Hero 6": Hiro's Journey
• Big Animator 6: The Characters behind the Characters
• Feast - Theatrical Short
• Trailers
• Deleted Scenes










Overall: :4.5stars:

“Big Hero 6” manages to capture the essence of the comic books, while softening it for Disney environment, giving a wildly enjoyable experience that made for one of my favorite theatrical visits in 2014. Baymax will make the children squeal in glee and the writing keeps the adults in their seats with equal measure. I really can’t recommend the movie enough, with my only warning being that people who usually let very very young children watch Disney movies may want to check it out first, since there are several rather heavy thematic elements that might frighten them. Those of you who love the movie and have moved over to digital should be ecstatic since the film is out 3 weeks before the physical release date, and those of us who lean towards wanting the technical specs of the Blu-ray now have to impatiently wait till the 24th. Either way you go, you can’t go wrong as the movie is simply fabulous. Much buy.


Additional Information:

Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr., Jamie Chung
Directed by: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Written by: Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 7.1, French, Spanish DD 5.1
Studio: Disney/Buena Vista
Rated: PG
Runtime: 102 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: February 24th 2015


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Recommendation: Must Buy!




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We saw this movie during the holidays and it is a great movie to have in one's collection. I agree some of the material presented is not for very young viewers so parents beware. I will get this movie. Thanks.
 

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We saw this movie during the holidays and it is a great movie to have in one's collection. I agree some of the material presented is not for very young viewers so parents beware. I will get this movie. Thanks.
yup, it was never anything bad by any stretch of the imagination. Just one of those movies I might not show a 3-6 year old without supervision. Great movie though
 

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Already said it in the digital copy review, but I am buying this one day-one. Such a great movie and my 7 year old daughter has been talking about it non-stop. She even kept asking me when we were going to get the blu-ray.
 

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Already said it in the digital copy review, but I am buying this one day-one. Such a great movie and my 7 year old daughter has been talking about it non-stop. She even kept asking me when we were going to get the blu-ray.
you know they like it when a 7 year old actually asks for a movie by name :D
 

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In honor of Big Hero 6 winning the academy award for Best picture, we have some Q and A's from the Actors

AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMIE CHUNG FOR THE BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD AND DVD RELEASE OF BIG HERO 6

Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada. This 14-year-old hero learns to harness his genius, thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends.

When a devastating turn of events catapults the gang into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and it’s produced by Roy Conli. With the Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD about to be released, we talk to actress Jamie Chung to find out more…

How would you describe the story of Big Hero 6?
JAMIE CHUNG: Big Hero 6 follows the story of a group of friends who join together to solve a huge mystery. At the heart of the story is a big, white, inflatable medical robot named Baymax and a kid called Hiro. Baymax is the most loveable robot you’ll ever meet!


The movie is filled with crazy gadgets and gizmos. What are your favorites?
JAMIE CHUNG: The purse is amazing! It reminds me of Penny’s book from Inspector Gadget.


How many recording sessions did you have for the movie?
JAMIE CHUNG: I worked on the movie for about a year and I used to do one or two sessions every month. The longest session was six hours long, but most of them are much shorter than that. I’m sure it’s different for Scott Adsit and Ryan Potter, who play Baymax and Hiro. They had a lot more lines than us.


Who are your biggest heroes?
JAMIE CHUNG: Who is my biggest hero? This sounds so cliché, but it’s definitely my mom – especially in terms of sacrifices and selflessness.


What would you do if you were a superhero for the day?
JAMIE CHUNG: For the sake of the drought in California, I would love the power to control the weather. I would make it rain a lot. We’d sort out the drought in no time.


Why should we watch Big Hero 6?
JAMIE CHUNG: Big Hero 6 is a story about family and it’s a story about friendship – but the movie is action packed and it’s got a lot of heart, so there’s something for everyone. It’s hilarious, too. It’s awesome!

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AN INTERVIEW WITH RYAN POTTER FOR THE BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD AND DVD RELEASE OF BIG HERO 6

Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada. This 14-year-old hero learns to harness his genius, thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends.

When a devastating turn of events catapults the gang into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and it’s produced by Roy Conli. With the Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD about to be released, we talk to actor Ryan Potter – who voices Hiro Hamada in the movie – to find out more…

How would you describe this animated adventure, Ryan?
Big Hero 6 is a film about a kid named Hiro and a medical robot named Baymax. These two characters go off on a crazy adventure together in a place called San Fransokyo, which is a mix of San Francisco and Tokyo.

Big Hero 6 is released on DVD and Blu-ray shortly. What can you tell us about the extras?
There’s a lot of material that didn’t make it into the final movie that we saw in the script early on – but there's so much that we don't know about. There are so many Easter eggs in the film and one of the extra features goes through a list of them!

What other extras can viewers expect from the home entertainment release?
There are two different alternative openings to the film. We recorded six different openings, but you'll be able to see two of them, which is crazy.

What is your favorite deleted scene on the DVD and Blu-ray?
There’s an alternative opening that I absolutely love. The two brothers are putting together some rocket boots for their cat, Mochi – and it’s such a great scene. I love that cat!

Talking of animals, Feast is the animated Disney short that is another bonus feature on the Blu-ray and DVD. It's the hilarious story of a cute and hungry dog. Have you got any pets at home?
I've always seemed to have a zoo at home. At one point, I had 24 hamsters! I bought two and we thought they were both boys, but they weren't. I have two dogs and three cats at the moment. We have a corgi/jack russell mix and another dog that we have no clue about.

In Feast, the pet dog eats anything and everything. What do your pet dogs eat?
They will eat whatever. If it drops off the table, they will eat it!

Let’s talk about the animated movie some more… What are the main themes of Big Hero 6?
Big Hero 6 is a film about family. Big Hero 6 is about being yourself and being proud of who you are. Big Hero 6 is about setting your mind to something and getting things done. It’s a really fun film and it’s been an amazing project to work on.

Who do you play in the movie?
I play the role of Hiro in the movie. How would I describe Hiro? He is really good at computers, but he puts his intellect to the wrong use at the beginning of the story. By the end of the film, he’s put on the right path by his new family of superheroes.

Are you a whiz with computers, just like your character in the movie?
I’m a big computer guy. In fact, I built the computer that I have now. I didn't build each and every piece, but I put certain parts of it together. I love trying to make it go faster and I’m always checking to make sure it runs smoothly. I love computers!

What would you like to ask Hiro if you could speak to him?
I would love to ask him how he gets his hair to stand up like that. He’s got very cool hair. To be honest, I’m a little jealous of it.

What can you tell us about Hiro’s robot friend, Baymax?
Baymax is amazing! He’s an inflatable robot who scans humans to see if they have any medical problems. He’s a robot of the future, and he’s very huggable.

What do you like about Baymax?
I love Baymax’s personality and the way that things go over his head. I also love his walk. The animators researched three different walks for Baymax. The first walk saw Baymax walking like a toddler. The second walk saw Baymax walking like a toddler with a full diaper. The third walk saw Baymax walking like a penguin. They went with the penguin walk in the end. It kills me! His walk is so funny.

What would you like to ask Baymax if you could speak to him?
I’d like to ask him to make me something to eat. I’m a big foodie and would just love it if I had a real Baymax that had a chef drive!

How much fun did you have in the recording booth for Big Hero 6?
It was a lot of fun in the recording booth, but it was also a little bizarre. You stand in a room with a microphone and nothing else. Sometimes a director comes in with you, but most of the time you’re in there alone. You run around the room. You throw yourself around. You scream. You yell. You whisper. You laugh. I must have looked insane!

How weird was it in there?
It’s interesting because you’re basically standing in a small room talking to yourself. That alone is psychotic! There is no other industry where people do that, except for the music industry where people sing in a room by themselves – but that seems sane in comparison. To be honest, recording the lines is hilarious when you think about it.

How did you prepare for the recording sessions?
I would warm up my voice before I went into the recording booth. The voice you hear in the film was recorded more than a year ago. Since then, my voice has gotten a little bit deeper – but Hiro’s voice is higher. At the start of each session, I’d warm up my voice and make sure that I sounded the same as the first session. We had to make sure the tone was consistent, so we would always find that higher voice. I would always get back to it.

Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic book series. Are you a fan of comic books?
I love comics. My buddy’s dad gave me a box of comic books a while ago. Inside, I found issue one, three and four of the original Big Hero 6 comic series, so I knew about the story before I’d even auditioned.

Big Hero 6 is a movie about heroes. What makes a good hero?
Every hero has a flaw. What makes a good hero is when they are able to deal with their flaws in a good way. They don’t let the flaw take over.

Who is your biggest hero?
I have a lot of heroes. My mother would definitely be one of them. She’s such a strong, amazing person. The legendary, George Takei is another. I worked with George for years; he played my grandfather on a “Supah Ninjas.” He taught me so much about this industry.

What superhero power would you most like to have?
I would love the ability to fly. That would be amazing! There’s something special about flying. The closest we can get to it is falling or skydiving, but that’s a lot scarier. I’d love to be able to fly through the air and to be able to see the sights as you soar over cities.

What would you do if you were a superhero for the day?
I would fly around the city and help the elderly cross the street. That’s what I’d do all day long!

Hiro is a brainbox who is tempted back to study in the movie. What were you like at school?
I was a good student. There were some classes where I thought I was always catching up, but there were other classes where I thought I was ahead. I guess I was pretty average.

What were your favorite and worst school subjects?
History was my best subject at school. I love learning about the past, especially ancient history. I really wasn’t a fan of math, though. I’m a very creative, artsy person – I just couldn’t wrap my head around numbers like I could art or history.

At the start of the movie, Hiro spends a lot of his time on his own. Were you like that at school?
At school, I had a good group of friends, small but solid. I always enjoyed my alone time. I think it’s important to have a nice balance.

What went through your mind when you saw your character on screen for the first time?
I thought, ‘Wow, it’s me!’ I grew up watching Disney films, but there weren’t really any characters that looked like me. Being able to see Hiro on screen as a leading Asian American kid really blew my mind.

How does it feel to be the voice of Hiro? Does it feel like a dream come true?
Believe me, this role is definitely a dream come true. I grew up watching Disney movies and I grew up reading Marvel comics. When they came together in Big Hero 6, I couldn’t believe my luck.

What’s your favorite scene in the movie?
The standout scene for me is the first flight sequence. Baymax takes Hiro for a ride on his back and it’s the ultimate superhero dream come true. Seeing my character soar over San Fransokyo on the back of Baymax is really beautiful to watch. It’s amazing.

What do you think of San Fransokyo?
I love the fact that San Fransokyo is based on two cities that I know so well. I lived in Tokyo until the age of seven, but I also visit family in San Francisco often. It’s where my mom grew up. Seeing the two cities together in the movie and then flying through them is incredibly surreal.

And finally… Why should we see the movie? It’s wonderful to see such a wonderful group of characters. It doesn’t matter where you come from, your age or your gender, you will be able to relate to at least one of these characters. It’s just so rare to see in film. It’s wonderfully refreshing. It is also full action, adventure, laughs and yes a few tears too. But all in all, it’s the perfect film to share with your family.

AN INTERVIEW WITH GENESIS RODRIGUEZ FOR THE BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD AND DVD RELEASE OF BIG HERO 6

Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada. This 14-year-old hero learns to harness his genius, thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends.

When a devastating turn of events catapults the gang into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and it’s produced by Roy Conli. With the Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD about to be released, we talk to Genesis Rodriguez to find out more…

How would you describe the story of Big Hero 6?
GENESIS RODRIGUEZ: Baymax is awesome.

The movie is filled with crazy gadgets and gizmos. What are your favorites?
GENESIS RODRIGUEZ: I love my character’s purse. It’s so cool! Inside, it’s a mobile chemistry set, so my character can create lots of different concoctions.

If you could build your own robot, what would you make it do?
GENESIS RODRIGUEZ: I would definitely build Baymax. He’s perfect because he’s so selfless. Plus, he has all those upgrades. You could teach him how to do just about anything.


How does voice work for an animation compare to acting for a live-action project?
GENESIS RODRIGUEZ: With live-action projects, we rely on our facial expressions a lot – but with an animation, it’s all about your voice and nothing else.


Big Hero 6 is a movie about heroes. What makes a good hero?
GENESIS RODRIGUEZ: I think a hero is someone who goes out of their way to do extraordinary things. I think a hero is someone who has gone through really incredible circumstances to give back instead of going down the wrong path. They are selfless.

Who are your biggest heroes?
GENESIS RODRIGUEZ: That’s a beautiful response. I totally agree.


What would you do if you were a superhero for the day?
GENESIS RODRIGUEZ: Personally, I would like the power to be able to communicate with everyone, everywhere in the world. I’d know unlimited languages, so that I could talk to every single person on Earth.
 

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We just finished watching Big Hero 6 and absolutely loved it. Great story, picture, and sound! IMO this is a must have for any collection and one of the best animated movies to come out in some time.
 

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We heard enough good stuff about this one to just go buy it without having seen it. Totally a fun movie that will get lots of use in my house. My wife commented at least 10 times throughout how amazing the picture was, and boy do I agree. Those graphics were jaw-dropping! I think the subs could have had more of a workout, but like mentioned in the review, the bass was tight and not over the top.
 

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We had a chance to see this movie last night. We loved it. What a great movie. If you have not had a chance to see it, put it on your move list.
 
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