‘Big Hero 6’ and ‘Feast’

By on November 12, 2014

Big bot a big hit 

I really wanted to see “Interstellar” over the weekend. I love space movies on the big screen and I am a Matthew McConaughey homer, for sure. As we neared the theater I was easily outvoted by my family and forced to see “Big Hero 6.” I was glad they won. “Big Hero 6” is now one of my favorite animated films of all time. I’d say it’s better than “Frozen,” but I can just imagine the amount of Olaf heads, a.k.a snowballs, being heaved my way this winter by disgruntled pre-teens.

It seems I wasn’t alone in going to see “Big Hero 6.” The comic-based film took the number one spot at the box office this weekend and raked in a hefty $56 million. The movie has little to do with the Marvel comic book mini-series released in the ‘90s.

“Stupid. Nothing like the comic book,” said an angry Josh M. of Lancaster.

About the only thing remaining from the comic book are some names. Baymax (Scott Adsit, “30 Rock”) is the lovable, self-inflating robot who befriends the young prodigy, Hiro (Ryan Potter). Dejected by the loss of his brother, Hiro falls into depression until he realizes his brother’s death was no accident. He enlists the help of a quirky band of super scientists to bring justice; however, things are not quite what they seem …

“Big Hero 6” is just the beginning. This movie may not have the ability to make kids clamor for action figures, but Disney is surely banking on this film becoming a franchise. At the end of “Big Hero 6,” the super team has just been formed and it will be easy to point this story in any direction. As we know, Disney is a huge fan of sequels. It will have taken 13 years for “Finding Dory” to appear when it hits the screens next summer. I don’t expect “Hero” 2.0 to take as long … at least I hope not.

I laughed like a little kid throughout “Big Hero 6.” The humor is simple, but not simplistic. This is movie is appealing to all ages and can be enjoyed by everyone (unless you are a diehard fan of the comic book).

Stick around for the final clip. Those who wait through the credits (some of which are pretty funny, like the caffeinator) are treated to a surprise appearance by a classic Marvel character. I won’t give it all away, but for diehard movie/comic fans the wait is well worth the payout. So, I really shouldn’t have to say this, I’m sure my feelings about this movie are pretty clear, but get out and see “Big Hero 6.” It is a great time for the entire family.

“Big Hero 6,” an animated feature about self-inflating robot Baymax (left) and young prodigy Hiro, was #1 at the box office last weekend.

“Big Hero 6,” an animated feature about self-inflating robot Baymax (left) and young prodigy Hiro, was #1 at the box office last weekend.

Also in theaters: ‘Feast’

Those who are smart enough to get out to theaters to see “Big Hero 6” are also treated to a showing of “Feast.” Animator Patrick Osborne (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Tangled,” and “Bolt”) makes his directorial and writing debut with a short film about a dog. But, “Feast” is about more than a dog.

I usually wouldn’t commit this space to a single short film, but “Feast” took me completely by surprise and hit me like a ton of bricks. As a dog lover, I was a blubbering mess by the end of the movie. Our lovable best friend in “Feast” is Winston and we follow the life of his owner through the meals they share. There are good times and bad, lean times and feasts, and in the end Winston knows how to cure his master’s heartache.

When I got home I immediately had to look up the 33-year-old animator who created this amazing work. I soon learned Osborne served as animation supervisor for the Disney short “Paperman.” “Paperman” was attached to “Wreck-It Ralph” and won an Oscar for best animated short film in 2013. I expect “Feast” to own that honor this year. So, there it is, my first Oscar predication and the awards show doesn’t air until Feb. 22, 2015.

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