BIG HERO 6

Marvel/Disney

He’s fluffy, slow, and he’s about to get an upgrade [cue the Beyonce song]. He’s Baymax, and he is the perfect best friend as long as he doesn’t run out of batteries.

The Big Hero 6 trailer makes the movie feel like a family friendly Iron Man blended with The Iron Giant and whatever else has “iron” in the title. It’s also a nice reminder that there’s another Marvel movie coming out that seeks to fill the Pixarian void.

Check out the trailer, and see if you can guess who’s voicing Baymax, the fluffy robot who earns afterburners.


This is an absolutely charming trailer that hints at both big adventure and heart. And, yes, that’s Scott Adsit from 30 Rock behind the fluff.

The plot feels like stock wish fulfillment, but it also looks incredibly funny and sweet. You’ve got a super genius kid (Hiro, voiced by Ryan Potter), the mysterious masked villain (Yokai, voiced by no one because he’s silent (adding to the mystery!)) and the nerdy-turned-powerful team of the title.

In my heart of hearts, I’m more excited about this than Guardians of the Galaxy. Granted, I’m shout-from-the-roof excited for both, but after being inundated with advertisements for Guardians and fearing that it will suffer from the same story/third act problems that almost all Marvel movies suffer from, this feels like a blast of fresh air clothed in the trappings of a sci-fi adventure.

It reminds me a lot of the underloved Monsters vs Aliens in its outsider team appeal, and even the tiniest twist in superhero scripting is welcome. It’s pretty clear that Hiro is the traditional hero (I see what you did there) of the movie, but it’s also clear that Baymax is going to steal every single scene that he’s in. No doubt their friendship will be tested, new strengths will be discovered and evil will be challenged.

And if nothing else, the idea of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man becoming a superhero is a fantastic one.

Big Hero 6 is out November 7th to provide a little summer for your winter.


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