Big Hero Six was one of those movies that I was really excited to see when I first saw the trailer and, wouldn’t you know it, it was out of theaters before I could catch it (seriously, it used to not require scheduling to see a movie that I wanted to see). I suppose I should have seen that as a warning sign.
In any case, it came out on DVD and I was excited to pick it up on DVD and we set up a date night around it… and I was disappointed to see that the movie relied on shorthand rather than, say, storytelling. This was somewhat to its detriment.
For example, we begin the story with a little dude and his big bro and we find out that they were both orphaned. Well, I thought to myself, it *IS* a Disney movie. Moments later, we watch in horror to see a horrible situation that results in the noble big bro’s life ending. I couldn’t help but think that that was just a hair excessive. As the movie went on, it fell into the trap of “we need this to happen in the plot so we’re just going to have it happen” rather than the much more interesting chain of “this happened so/but this happened which resulted in THIS happening”.
The character design? Expert. The voice acting? Amazing. The mysterious villain? Seriously awesome (the actual villain somewhat less so). The plot? Well… it was a bit thin.
Which kinda surprised me. To this point, Pixar’s weakest film was probably Ratatouie (which, while a lovely story, required me to suspend disbelief about RATS IN A KITCHEN). Now? Big Hero 6. In a walk.
Which, seriously, disappointed me.
So… what have you been reading and/or watching?