Based on a Marvel Comics team of superheroes, Big Hero 6 opens November 7 and comic book fans will not be disappointed. From the beginning of this project, Marvel told Disney to make this team their own and deviate from the original source material. The result? A tech savvy squad of youngsters righting the wrongs of San Fransokyo. I caught an early D23 screening of the 3D movie in Winter Park Florida. Here’s a spoonful.
Coming to terms with loss of his brother Tadashi, young robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (voiced by Supah Ninjas’ Ryan Potter) discovers a higher calling for his techno gifts and designs a super team consisting of huggable robot Baymax, scifi uberfanboy Fred, velocity queen Go Go Tomago, elemental mixologist Honey Lemon and neurotic plasma blade master Wasabi.
The visuals were stunning. San Fransokyo is a futuristic mashup of skylines from San Francisco and Tokyo, complete with re-imagined landmarks and the spirit of both cities. The use of new computer technology allowed the designers a new freedom in constructing and populating this rich new world.
This origin story deserves some followup adventures. Baymax and Hiro are part of Disney Infinity 2.0, but I hope we’ll see the whole team on Disney XD or back on the big screen soon. I highly recommend staying until the end of the credits.