BIG HERO 6 Movie Review

Disclosure: Disney sponsored travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own. 


As I mentioned in my red carpet post yesterday, I recently had the chance to attend the world premiere of BIG HERO 6 in Los Angeles, along with the stars from the movie and special celebrity guests. It was my first time viewing the movie and while it is a movie made for children, I still found it quite humorous, action-filled and, in true Disney fashion, heartfelt. LIKE, ALL THE FEELS HEARTFELT.

So, here is my dilemma. I have been asked to write a movie review of BIG HERO 6, but I DO NOT want to give away any spoilers because, well, that’s not my style. So, I apologize in advance for any vague references or hazy translations. I’m sure you understand.


Let’s start with the short before the movie – FEAST. I LOVE that Disney is making pre-movie shorts a tradition now, as they are an experience themselves, with just as much thought, time and care as a full-feature. FEAST is roughly about a Boston Terrier, his male owner and their life together as several years pass by. I don’t want to reveal too much, but trust me in saying that you will have emotions running wild when you watch it. And perhaps a few tears. More on FEAST in an upcoming post!


So, here are the only things I knew about BIG HERO 6 before viewing:

  • a robot named Baymax
  • superhero costumes and combat
  • that’s it

In other words, I knew nada. I had, of course, watched the trailers, but that is where it stopped. I hadn’t even really paid close attention to the movie description, which stated:

From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It-Ralph”) comes BIG HERO 6, and action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter), who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

So, saying that, I went into BIG HERO 6 ready for an unknown adventure – fresh-eyed and unbiased. And it was fun.

Again, without divulging too much, let me attempt to highlight my favorite takeaways from the film.


ENVIRONMENT. The movie takes place in “San Fransokyo”, which was the perfect marriage of elements from San Francisco, California and Tokyo, Japan. Melting these two iconic cities together was such a genius way of tying in a more modern, global culture. I also fell in love with the architecture – such as a bridge that resembled the Golden Gate Bridge among tall, modern skyscrapers – right away.


SCIENCE OVER SUPERHUMAN. In BIG HERO 6, the heroes don’t need mutations or superhuman powers to carry out their cause or defend themselves. Instead, they turn to science and technology, which was a great message I appreciated for my children. All genders, races and cultures were included, too.


BAYMAX. It’s really hard not including Baymax among my favorite takeaways because he is just so darn lovable. In fact, I would totally invest in a Baymax for myself if I could. 🙂 His role is simple – to comfort and care for Hiro, and, as you will see when you watch BIG HERO 6, that role knows no bounds. He’s also hilariously funny because, well, inflatable.


There is so much more to tell, of course, but I must wrap up for fear of spilling any important plot lines or twists. So, let me just say this in closing – your kids will dig it. You will dig it, too. Make a family day or night out of it over a tub of popcorn and a cold soda. And bring tissues.

BIG HERO 6 is open in theaters TODAY, November 7th, 2014, so please make sure you check it out! After watching it, please come back to this post and comment with your thoughts of the film. Stay tuned for more posts from my press day for architecture in Los Angeles, too!

Disclosure: Disney sponsored travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own.