Big Hero 6, an animated feature from Disney opens in theaters nationwide today. But before you run off to see it, here are six things every parent should know about the movie:
1. What’s the movie about?
The movie takes place in San Fransokyo, either in the future or some alternate universe, it’s never really explained. Hiro, a hyperintelligent tween who likes building robots is the star of the film and he’s kind of lost, looking for a purpose in life. But not for long! Together with his robot, Baymax, Hiro and his incredibly geeky friends set out to solve a mystery and fight an evil supervillain in what ends up being a touching and very funny buddy film.
2. Will I like it?
I loved this movie. Loved, loved, loved it! It is easily one of the best animated features I have seen in a very long time and I can’t wait to see it again. The animation was incredible; I was blown away by the textures and all of the details in every scene. It is very, very funny and it checks all the emotional boxes for a Disney film. It makes you laugh and feel happy while building a bond with the characters, but you can’t get up from your seat without feeling sad a couple of times. Still, in the end, you walk away feeling really satisfied with a moving and action-packed story. Getting to enjoy this palette of emotions with your kids is what good Disney movies are about and Big Hero 6 does not disappoint.
I also liked that there was not only a positive message about science and robotics being really awesome, there was also a lesson that school can be a very cool place where you can go and really blossom and be your best. That’s not always a prominent message in the movies. Tack on the fact that all of the heroes in the movie are authentically geeky and this is a must-see movie for any reader of GeekDad.
3. Will my kids?
Almost without a doubt. Young kids will love the caring (and inflatable) Baymax, older kids will identify with the smarts and daring of Hiro and everyone will love the story. There are so many funny and charming moments, especially a special fist bump between Baymax and Hiro that immediately became the new family greeting in our house.
Most of the gags and jokes are perfectly aligned so that kids are laughing right along with adults and there is enough action to keep even the most jaded tween paying attention. (This comes from personal experience.) Plus, with any luck, it will challenge your kids to become more interested in robotics!
4. It it worth it to see it in 3D?
I am about as anti-3D as a person can be. I think, most of the time, 3D is a gimmick just to get more money out of my wallet; but the one application that 3D really works in is animation. I let out a little exasperated sigh when they handed me a pair of glasses to see this movie, but I ended up being really impressed. I think the 3D actually enhanced this movie and is well worth the upcharge.
5. When’s the best time to go to the bathroom?
The movie clocks in at an hour and 45 minutes so, if you have small kids with you (or a large drink) a bathroom break might be necessary. There are two times that are good for making a quick trip. The first is about 35 minutes in, just after the scene when a rainstorm ends. The second is after an hour and 10 minutes into the film, after Hiro and Baymax take a flight. But don’t dilly-dally; the show moves at a quick pace and you don’t want to miss much.
6. Do I need to stay after the credits?
Yes. There’s some cool animation that echoes scenes from the movie for a while and then all of the faster moving credits come on screen. After the last of the cast and crew and locations are mentioned, there’s one final scene (and credit) that every geek will surely get excited about!
6.1 Wait, I thought you said the list had just six things?
True, but this one isn’t technically about Big Hero 6: When you are making your plans to go, allow enough time to arrive on time. You don’t want to miss Feast, the animated short that shows at the beginning of the film. It’s a story about a man, his dog, romance, and food. And it is wonderfully and perfectly enjoyable.