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A Mom's Review of Big Hero 6

Updated on June 17, 2016
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Tawnya is a freelance writer who grew up during the 80s and 90s. Here is a list of her favorite things from this era.

Big Hero 6 is the Perfect Family Film for all Ages

Having a very intuitive tween daughter makes it difficult to watch a movie that my family of three can enjoy together; and Big Hero 6 was perfect. My daughter actually asked to watch Big Hero 6, and we conned her dad into cozying on the couch with us to watch it.

Together, the three of us, teared up, okay sobbed like a baby, and laughed watching this Disney movie. Check out how Disney got it right when you read this Mom's Review of Big Hero 6.

Big Hero 6 Pulls on the Heartstrings

Almost from the beginning, Big Hero 6 pulls on your heart strings. In this Disney film, we meet Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter). Like most 13-year-old boys, Hiro is trying to find his place in the world. However, that is where the similarities between most 13-year-old boys and Hiro ends.

Hiro is a genius. In fact, at 14-years-old, he has already graduated high school and has a ton of free time, which he uses to hustle and get into trouble. Tadashi (voiced by Daniel Henney), is Hiro's college-aged brother. Like Hiro, Tadashi is incredibly smart. Tadashi and Hiro's relationship is more than just brother/brother because the duo lost their parents a decade before.

In addition to Tadashi, Cass (voiced by Maya Randolph), the brother's aunt, also worries about Hiro's future, but feels unable to relate or reach the young genius.

Tadashi Struggles to Show Hiro a Brighter Future

Being that their parents died when Hiro was only 3-years-old, Tadashi feels it is his responsibility to lead Hiro down the right path. To do this, Tadashi takes Hiro to school with him. It is here at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, that Hiro begins to realize, there are bigger things in life than hustling robot fights in sketchy alleys.

At the school is also where Hiro gets a sneak peek at Tadashi's secret project, Baymax. With Tadashi's encouraging, and the support of Aunt Cass, Hiro begins to work on a project that will show everyone he belongs at the school he so desperately wants to attend.

Success and Tragedy in One Night

When Hiro finally gets to unveil his new project, he has unwavering support from Aunt Cass, Tadashi, and a team of new friends; Fred (voiced T.J. Miller), GoGo (voiced by Jamie Chung), Wasabi (voiced by Damon Wayans Jr), and Honey Lemon (voiced by Genesis Rodriguez). As Tadashi, Cass, and his new friends watched, Hiro wowed the audience, and garnered support for his attendance to San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.

In fact, Hiro's project was so awe-inspiring that he immediately received an offer to buy his project. However, under the guidance of Professor Robert Callaghan (voiced by James Cromwell), Hiro rejects the offer to sell his project. Later, Hiro and Tadashi stay behind while everyone goes to celebrate.

The two brothers share a special moment before tragedy strikes. Being the noble person that he is, Tadashi immediately springs into action in the face of tragedy, a character trait that Hiro boths admires and despises. As a result of his heroic actions, Tadashi loses his life.

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Hiro Loses his Ambition Without Tadashi - Until Baymax Reminds him What is Important

After another tragic loss, Hiro is devastated. Aunt Cass and his friends try to console Hiro, but he rejects their offers and chooses to wallow in misery in his bedroom above the cafe. As a mom, my heart was breaking. I didn't see the death of Tadashi coming until it was too late to cover my face.

I couldn't imagine what this young boy was going through in this moment. My husband, daughter, and I have all suffered through grief in the past, so the movie resonated with us. Then Hiro was reminded of his big brother when Baymax is accidentally activated.

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Baymax was Created to be a Health Care Companion

Tadashi had created Baymax to be a health care companion. In fact, this inflatable robot could diagnose and provide medical treatments for a variety of common ailments. Instead of being excited to have Baymax in his life, as a reminder of Tadashi, Hiro is annoyed and tries to dismiss the kind-hearted health care companion.

Unfortunately, Hiro's dismissal of Baymax doesn't go as planned, and Hiro is suddenly thrust into trying to save Baymax. Through Baymax and Hiro's adventure, Hiro uncovers a secret about his brother's death, and rallies his friends to help him uncover the truth - no matter the dangers involved.

Avenging his Brother and Saving Himself

While trying to avenge the death of his brother, Hiro goes under a dramatic transformation, mentally and physically. While he is first bent on revenge, Hiro begins to understand that avenging his brother's death is more about finding the people responsible for Tadashi's death than actually harming someone. Although Tadashi is no longer physically in Hiro's life, his brother's memory is still alive in the lovable Baymax.

Big Hero 6 gets 5 Stars from This Mom

So many children's movies are repetitive, easy to predict, and full of characters we will all soon forget. However, Big Hero 6 is not this type of movie. The lovable, nerdy group of characters is Big Hero 6 make it a family favorite and guarantees this Disney movie will be around for a very long time.

Own Big Hero 6 on DVD or Blu-Ray

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After watching Big Hero 6, I can't wait to own it. Once you watch it, you will be sure to want to add it to your DVD Disney collection as soon as possible.

 

Will There be a Big Hero 6 Sequel?

Almost as soon as Big Hero 6 hit the theaters Disney fans started wondering if there would be a sequel to the blockbuster hit. Although no one has confirmed there will be a sequel movie fans everywhere agree, there is still quite a bit of the story that could be told.

Rumor has it if there is a sequel to the movie it would be called Big Hero 7. Some have even gone as far as to speculate that we may see a tragedy from the original movie explained in detail. With this in mind, it's important to remember in Hollywood, a character isn't really dead unless there is a body.

Only time will tell whether Big Hero 7 becomes a reality, but you can bet if it happens, I'll be the first to let you know.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I actually liked this film. Great review.