CHECK OUT THIS charming little bite of escapism and philosophy. Similar to The Incredibles in tone, timing, and humor, Big Hero 6 tells the heartwarming tale of a bright young genius, his science friends, and an inflatable robot.
Hiro (sorry, yeah, his name is really Hiro) is a 14-year-old robotics prodigy struggling with the recent loss of his older brother, Tadashi. When Hiro accidentally activates Tadashi's thesis project, a medical care robot named Baymax, the robot promptly diagnoses sad little Hiro's low serotonin and takes him on as a patient. Baymax's idea of mourning involves keeping Hiro connected to his friends and providing lots of hugs; Hiro's idea of mourning involves making superhero outfits and trying to find the masked man associated with his brother's death.
Disney's weird body shaming/proportion problems have always bothered me, but there's some incremental improvements with Big Hero 6: True, much of Big Hero 6's marketing imagery deals with Baymax's big belly being squeezed into armor, but this actually turns out to be a great metaphor for Baymax's resistance to Hiro's attempts to turn him into a fighter. Baymax isn't a fighter, and Baymax isn't fast; Baymax's primary goal is to heal people and offer comfort. I was delighted as he slowly, steadily stole the show: I don't fully comprehend why the physical comedy of Baymax losing air and re-inflating himself is so funny. It probably has something to do with farts.
For all of Big Hero 6's charm and fun, there's some darkness here: Once the whole "dead brother" premise is out in the open, it may be hard to ignore it. Parents may want to bring their Parents' Handbook (or whatever it is parents use) to talk about the heavier stuff after the movie. Either that or bring along the family Baymax, whose hugs will probably help way more than any awkward conversation.