Big Hero 6
Something a bit more lighthearted and fun this week as we take a look at Disney’s animated superhero film, Big Hero 6.
The film follows the teenager Hiro who, inspired by his older brother’s encouragement, applies for admittance to the same institute for technology that his brother attends. When his older brother is killed in a mysterious fire, Hiro finds himself stuck with his brother’s robotic creation, a large relentlessly positive cushy gas-filled healthcare robot called Baymax, who by his nature is obsessed with Hiro’s mental and physical wellbeing.
At first annoyed at the giant robot’s constant efforts to help, Hiro realizes he can use Baymax’s strengths and intelligence to help him investigate the fire that killed his brother. With the additional help of his brother’s university friends, Hiro soon learns that the fire that killed his brother was only part of a more complicated story, and Hiro finds himself thirsting for revenge against the man responsible.
But, being a healthcare robot designed to help heal people, it is against Baymax’s programming to purposefully harm others, forcing Hiro to figure out what exactly it is he believes “justice” to mean.
In doing so, the film explores the difference between justice and revenge, and the value in using one’s gifts, whether intellectual, physical, or spiritual, to help others, especially when doing so is difficult.