Big Hero 6 (2014)

I finally watched “Big Hero 6” yesterday; I wanted to watch it in theatres but I never managed to find someone to go with me. All my friends had already gone with other friends. Hmph.

The story of BH6 follows fourteen-year old Hiro Hamada, child robotics genius, as he tries to unravel the mystery of his brother’s fiery death. He is accompanied by Baymax, the healthcare robot that his brother made, as well as four friends – Go-Go, Fred, Wasabi, and Honey Lemon. There is a twist at the climax when you find out just who was responsible for the fire that killed Tadashi that made me widen my eyes in surprise, but I was also expecting Tadashi behind the mask so….

Hiro: Tadashi?

Tadashi: Who the hell is Tadashi?

Yes, I may or may not have been influenced by a Tumblr post when I got to the un-masking scene.

Baymax is ADORABLE and I would love to have my own. He is so cute and clueless, and he looks so big and huggable. He and Hiro are obviously the most developed characters when it comes to the story, as they are the protagonists, but I feel as if the movie is a bit too short. I feel as if we didn’t get enough of the others. Although the four supporting characters aren’t just flat or one-dimensional, they are so …. trope-ish. Go-Go is the daredevil adrenaline junkie cool Asian girl. Honey Lemon is the perky, pink-loving girly-girl who is super smart. Fred is the kind of stoner friend, but hey, he’s rich. Wasabi is the nice black guy. There just. Wasn’t enough on them.

I remember reading on Tumblr complaints that Disney changed the races of the characters, as BH6 was originally a team comprising of all Asian characters. Fred, in particular, is of Ainu descent, which is quite important considering the marginalized status that the Ainu face in Japan. In the film, Fred and Honey Lemon are now white, and Wasabi is black. Why did they do that. Although I like the aesthetic of San Fransokyo, I was a bit annoyed by it considering they changed half the race of BH6. I felt like Disney/Marvel were saying that it would be too Asian if BH6 is fully Asian AND it’s set in Tokyo, and that it wouldn’t do well in box office if it was so Asian. I may be reading too much into it, but that is what it started to come across to me.

Story: 6/10
Music: 7/10
Animation: 9.5/10
Enjoyment: 7.5/10

EDIT: So it has been brought to my attention (read: I read it on a Tumblr post) that Honey Lemon is NOT white but is Latina. Oops.