Directors: Don Hall and Chris Williams
Original Release: 2014
Choice: Purple Penguin's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Hiro Hamada is a 14-year-old robotics prodigy in the fictional San Fransokyo. His world is turned upside-down when his older brother Tadashi is killed in a fire at an exhibition. Tadashi, however, left behind an interesting legacy: Baymax, an inflatable personal health care robot who takes on Hiro's emotional well-being as his raison d'être. Hiro organizes Tadashi's university pals into a posse to take down the evil entity Hiro believes killed his brother.
The movie is beautiful, even by Disney standards. The highlight is the inside of the Stargate-esque inter-dimensional portal in the story's climactic scene. Hiro's microbots are pretty impressive, too. The end credits are a lot of fun - a welcome trend in the 21st century film industry. The story is fairly predictable but it pushes all of the right emotional buttons for me. The relationship between Hiro and Baymax is quite touching. The scene when Hiro brings Baymax home while the robot's battery is running down has some nice ET parallels. I'll admit, I didn't see the twist at the end coming. I should have, but I didn't - most satisfying.