When Disney first acquired Marvel back in 2009, after people stopped assuming their favorite comic book characters would get Mickey-fied, there was a lot of guesswork going into what Marvel properties Disney would take on first. Oddly enough, they chose the relatively unknown title Big Hero 6, and they pretty much Mickey-fied it. But in this case, that’s perfectly fine, as it gives the world the huggable and goofy robot that is Baymax. Honestly, he’s pretty much the only memorable thing about the Big Hero 6 trailer seen above, although the film still looks like a fun and lighthearted adventure. Just with, like, puberty and grief and stuff. This isn’t a princess tale, to say the least.
Big Hero 6, directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, takes place in the futuristic city of San Fransoykyo — I believe you can figure out which two cites make up that name — and revolves around a massive criminal plot put into place by a supervillain in a kabuki mask. This is a job that is much too big for the police, obviously, and it’s up to a 14-year-old robotics engineer to pull together a squad powerful enough to stop the bad guy. Sounds ridiculous, sure, and it definitely is. But it’s Disney’s brand of ridiculous, so it’s got heart behind it. Just listen to that Greek Fire song “Top of the World” hamming things up. (The film’s soundtrack is apparently put together by Fallout Boy. Hoor…never mind.)
Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), inspired by his genius brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) — who apparently dies at some point — is on the path to becoming a technological mastermind. But first, he tinkers with his brother’s healthcare-oriented (and slightly dimwitted) robot Baymax (Scott Adsit), eventually making him look more like an actual robot rather than a marshmallow balloon, in an effort to help in the fight against kabuki-face. That evil son of a bitch may or may not have had something to do with Tadashi’s death, but he’s definitely responsible for stealing Hiro’s revolutionary Microbot inventions, which are tiny bots built to work together in tandem.
But two on one isn’t fair enough, so Hiro enlists Tadashi’s classmates at the Institute of Technology to help out, including the laid-back Fred (T.J. Miller), the adrenaline-fueled GoGo Tomago (Jamie Chung), the conservative Wasabi (Damon Wayans, Jr.), and the chemistry nut Honey Lemon (Génesis Rodríguez). Other characters include Tadashi’s mentor Professor Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell), technology mogul Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk), and Hiro’s guardian Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph). Nobody in Disney movies has actual parents, so the latter character is no surprise.
It seems like Baymax is going to get the bulk of the humor here, although I’m sure T.J. Miller had quite a time improvising his own lines. Plus, it’s the rare Disney movie with a dude at its core, which worked in Wreck-It Ralph, but not so much with Treasure Planet. We’ll all be able to see just how good it is when Big Hero 6 hits theaters on November 7. We’ll probably be watching Interstellar at that point, but maybe on Saturday…