Saturday, January 17, 2015

How Big Hero 6 Was Great and I Got Mad

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by Sharon H Chang

Well Big Hero 6 was great. But I hardly need to tell you that.

At this point many of you have probably already seen it or at least have heard rave reviews and plan to see it. Big Hero 6 (the film) is a computer-animated superhero movie produced/released by Disney in 2014 and inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It's something of a coming-of-age story about 13yo robotics genius Hiro Hamada who faces tragedy and learns to move through his grief by caring for others, valuing the future, and understanding how his genius can be leveraged for good. Another way to say it is he basically becomes a kickass superhero mind-wizard battling "evil forces" with his kickass friends whom he crafts into sidekick superheros by designing them kickass robotic armor and delivering lots of pep talks (which start as misguided and move to kickass). And you should know there is a marshmallow robot involved named Baymax of whom I will say nothing more. Go see the movie. But why I'm really writing about this film -- again if you don't know already -- is because of something centrally pretty kick-ass and important for us here. Hiro Hamada is mixed race Japanese/white.

Hiro Hamada [image from Disney Wiki]