(this review is spoiler-free)
Fourteen your old tech genius Hiro and his older brother Tadashi live with their guardian-aunt Cass in the upper story of her Lucky Cat Cafe in San Fransokyo. Having graduated from high school at the age of thirteen Hiro is content participating in illegal bot fight betting and enjoying the spoils of winning. But his brother Tadashi wants a better life for him, saying his gift could be used for great things. Tadashi brings Hiro to the 'nerd lab' of his school and Hiro, to his brother's satisfaction, instantly becomes infatuated with the desire to go to The San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. While at the nerd lab Tadashi shows his brother the pride of his work, Baymax, a robot heath care provider. I like to tell as little of the plot as possible so I'll stop here.
There are three things I like a movie or tv series for: characters, imagination, and quality. Though Big Hero 6 has all of these the one I like it for especially was its characters. Tadashi, Hiro, Cass, Baymax. Baymax is a robot, but Tadashi programmed him with his same selfless and loving concern for the welfare of others. Baymax is the glue of the story line, heart of many moments, and cause of some great humor throughout the film. At the beginning of the movie Hiro is self-serving, but near the end there's a great moment when an earlier action of Tadashi is exactly mirrored by Hiro, displaying his newly found heroism like that of the hero he loved.
As I understand, Big Hero 6 was inspired by the Asian Marvel comic series of the same name first released in 1998. The story and setting of the movie is different from the original, particularly in that the movie is set in 'San Fransoky,' a fictional mix of Tokyo and San Francisco. Watching the movie and knowing nothing of the comics the mix of Eastern and Western cultures seemed uncalled for but it was cool. It would have been neat to see it as set simply in Japan, but I loved it as it is. I loved the animation. The music is pretty (I'm listening to it now), though I don't remember particularly noticing that I liked it while watching the movie. The voice cast was good, Daniel Henney and Ryan Potter as Tadashi and Hiro were especially great. The single point of the story which felt like it'd 'jumped' was how the villain became the villain.
Don't forget to stay to the very end of the credits (as all good Marvel fans do); there's something there waiting for you. ;) (Check out this great review of Big Hero 6 by Ruth A.)
my rating: 4.4/5
favorite line: (Tadashi) I am satisfied with my care.