The story is set in the near future in a place known as San Fransokyo--sort of a mixture of a near future of San Francisco and Tokyo. We meet one of the main characters, Hiro Hamada, at an illegal robot fighting tournament. From this scene you get that the kid is smart, crafty, and a yes, a average teenager full of crazy energy. Soon after we meet his older brother, and his Aunt Cass that is his legal guardian. Soon we meet his older brother, Tadashi, who is the one who has created Baymax. Baymax (I never could understand his name that clearly and kept thinking they were saying, Betamax), at any rate, Baymax was created by the older brother as a healthcare helper, and looks like a big squishy marshmallow. He's also a rather loveable creation. Tadashi knows his younger brother is sort of a slacker and tries to provide a good influence on his life by directing him to study harder and invites him to his university, where we meet more characters in the film, or the Nerd Squad. They are a bunch of loveable brainiac misfits, who love science, and have invented all these cool inventions to help benefit mankind.
On the whole, Big Hero 6 is an adventure and mystery tale. It is one in which it calls upon, Hiro to become the hero, and rise above his normal existence to overcome the odds and grow up some too. In some ways, Big Hero 6 did remind me a bit of The Incredibles, in that it's a superhero yarn in the end. But it does surpass that cliche in a lot of ways, and the characters and art that make up that world were always such a marvel to look at that I didn't mind. All in all I enjoyed it a lot, and will pick up a copy for my own DVD library.
Also this weekend, I watched a short Youtube video, by a young movie reviewer, Chris Stuckmann, who I've come to respect. I don't always agree with his taste or assessment on all of the films he reviews, but I can respect what he does, his energy and drive, and yes, a lot of time I do like many of the films he reviews. So at any rate, this past weekend he put up a different type of video about the influence of anime and Toonami, which had influenced his life growing up as a teenager. I thought it was well edited and made, although I'm not that well versed in anime, and at times I don't feel like I'm that big an anime fan, however, I do like some of it. Perhaps I'm just not in the right generation it is geared towards, but I do have enough interest to keep trying a few of them. That said though, whether you are a big anime fan, or a fan of Toonami, or even just a fringe animation fan, you should give the video a watch. It's pretty good.