Big Hero 6: Why Do You Make Me So Happy?

Disney’s Big Hero 6 is a real treat for those who like to go out to an animated movie. The environments are lush, the designs are vivid, the animation is stunning, the characters are well-defined, the plot has pathos, there are laughs, there are cries, there are thrills aplenty, high-concept throw-aways, “aw, cute” moments…

Big Hero 6 Hiro in Costume

The movie also exhibits so much by way of video game dynamics, anime-and-manga tropes, nerd culture, S.T.E.M. proselytization, violence disavowal, female empowerment, minority representation, and toy-selling potential…

No one on Earth can be unhappy with this movie.

And neither am I.


Yes, I may feel cheated by this movie, which seems to have sold out on every level, but I am definitely going to see it again. And own it. And put the disk right between The Transformers: The Movie: The Special Edition and The Incredibles. With a big smile on my face.

But, no, I am not going to research it. I have read Ted Hughes’ The Iron Giant and Christopher Priest’s The Prestige, but a cursory investigation of the comic does little to recommend the property to me. Disney is cashing in on its investment, when it bought Marvel, and we receive the benefits.

Big Hero 6 Baymax

Also, Disney does.

But the important thing is that in this coming-of-age story about a boy and his dog (for “dog,” read “giant robotic health care companion), there is a real coping-with-loss and a silent villain in a kabuki mask.

And we’ve never seen that before.

Big Hero 6 Yokai

I realize that my writing is a bit uneven in this post, but I don’t mind at this point.

Here is another still from the movie. Why don’t you go see it already?