Big Hero 6: The Series Back in Action
review by Bobby Blakey
Disney continues to churn out the animated hits and more often than not when the films do well they end up spinning off into TV series as well. Now the 2014 superhero hit Big Hero 6 is getting its chance to shine on the small screen, but could the series live up to the fun and awesomeness of the original film or will it fail to save the day?
The series follows tech genius Hiro Hamada and his healthcare companion, the lovable, inflatable Baymax! Picking up right before the end of the film, Hiro thinks Baymax is lost forever, until he finds the chip Tadashi designed to create Baymax. Hiro immediately gets to work rebuilding Baymax, but Hiro’s overconfidence and impatience get him into trouble. The stakes are raised for Hiro, Baymax and their friends – adrenaline junkie Go Go, control freak Wasabi, chem whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred – as they fight to protect San Fransokyo as the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6. I wasn’t what to think of this series because rarely are they as good as the source material. While this show in no way lives fully up to the greatness of the film I was surprised to find that it was still pretty fun.
The story pics up from the end of the film keeping it connected, but the animation is more of the straight forward 2D instead of the computer style from the feature. The character design and overall feel of the series looks good and still captures the essence of them. The show gets a bit silly at times and doesn’t always stick to the same direction of the film, but that is part of what allows this series to be its own thing. I found the varying villains here to be some of the more entertaining ones in a show like this despite being silly more than villainous most of the time.
This isn’t a series that I would go out of my way to get invested in, but is one that will no doubt entertain the younger crowds it is meant for. If you loved Big Hero 6 and want more form the heroes of San Fransokyo then check out Big Hero 6: The Series – Back in Action when it hits DVD on June 26th from Disney Home Entertainment.