Wednesday, January 7, 2015


By D.E.Levine

This is a wonderful film for children and adults alike.  Although adapted from a comic book, Disney has improved the story and combined a tale of morality with entertainment.  Naturally, the animation is fantastic because it's done by Pixar, a Disney subsidiary.

The main characters are 14-year old Hiro (Ryan Potter), his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) their Aunt Casa (Maya Rudolph) and Tadashi's invention Baymax (Scott Adsit).  Living in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo (based on San Francisco and Tokyo), an Asian infused Golden Gate Bridge co-exists with trolley cars, dumpling shops and a Tokyo-like skyscraper skyline.

Hiro is a genius who doesn't see the point in attending university, although he already has his high-school diploma.  Instead, he designs electronic robots and enters back-alley robot fights.

After a brush with the law, Tadashi takes Hiro to his college robotics lab where Hiro becomes intrigued with the people he meets (the "A" Team) and the projects they're working on.  Now obsessed with enrolling in the school, Hiro enters a science competition to prove he's a desirable candidate.  Winning acceptance because of his microbot project from Professor Callaghan (James Cromwell), Hiro is elated.  But a devastating fire kills both Tadashi and Professor Callaghan and causes Hiro to retreat to his bedroom and grieve.

When he discovers Baymax in a suitcase in the bedroom, Hiro activates him and allows Baymax, who is programmed to ease all types of pain, to ease his pain.    Along with Baymax and the A Team, Hiro becomes an avenger dedicated to find and apprehend the villain responsible for setting the fire and stealing Hiro's invention.

This is an animated feature that imparts an anti-violence message, emphasises education and using the brain and celebrates friendship and family.