Researchers have conducted studies in the past that revealed evidence that says roundness equals cuteness. That may be one of the reasons why Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) — the loveable Personal Healthcare Companion — from BIG HERO 6 is so darn adorable. It could also be his total lack of street smarts, his dopey robotic voice, or his interpretation of the sound it makes when one explodes a fistbump.
In Disney’s latest animated romp, Hiro (Ryan Potter) is well on his way to ruling the illegal world of bot fighting. However, the greatest big brother in the world, Tadashi (Daniel Henney), has other plans for him. In an effort to get Hiro into his university, Tadashi takes him over to meet his best friends and see his “nerd school”. This is where we meet Baymax, Tadashi’s robot.
Hiro’s eyes are opened to the possibilities before him and then BAM — everything goes to hell. Together, Hiro and Baymax team up along with Tadashi’s friends from the university to make things right again.
If I hear one more word about the “drunk” scene I’m just gonna scream. Kids these days are exposed to far worse than the kids from my generation ever were. They are desensitized to a lot of the drama and the violence in the world. I’m not saying that’s a good thing, but folks are really up in arms about the low battery scene in BIG HERO 6. Evidently, when Baymax has a low battery, he acts like I do halfway through a box of wine. Now, I remember watching a Looney Toons episode when I was a tot in which four men shot themselves in the head at the end. One “drunk” robot isn’t going to spoil our future here.
My problem with that whole bit was that Baymax was off of his charging station for one lousy day and his battery life dwindled faster than your iPhone after a Bejeweled binge. He didn’t need another charge the whole rest of the movie. Anyway…
BIG HERO 6 is diligent about impressing upon its young viewers that you can be anything you want, if you use that big brain of yours. Disney is trying to be as PC as possible. They had one of the characters using the phrase “woman up” instead of “man up”. I guess they’re getting a lot of praise for making damsels less distressed.
They also aren’t afraid to get a little heavy. Ever since Nemo’s mom was eaten, the beginning of WALL-E, the incinerator in TOY STORY 3, and all of UP, animated movies haven’t been shy about completely destroying one’s childhood. BIG HERO 6 is no different. Several events almost had me Mufasa stampede style crying.
Rest easy, though, readers. Not all innocence is lost. Baymax has a real Iron Giant thing going on. His compassion for all living things — including the family cat that he calls a hairy baby, which is what I’ll be calling my dog from now on — makes the heavier stuff a little easier to swallow.
I won’t tell you how it ends, but I’ll leave you with this: toward the end, a hush fell over the entire theater and then a little girl burst into tears. Do with that what you will.