Too bad Baymax isn’t real. This school year my kids have been sick at least five times and each time my husband has had to take off work since he has the more flexible job. But just imagine if we had a nurse bot who heals and hugs the sick. The nurse bot could give my babies a hug and a kiss and take care of them thus ensuring that my husband and I could keep our jobs by going to work.
And today, Baymax, a big, huggable and lovable nurse bot hits theaters in Big Hero 6.
The biggest star of Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 and he’s a soft robot named Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) who takes care of Hiro Hamata (voiced by Ryan Potter). He’s programmed to be such a nurse bot. Baymax adorably inflates, deflates and gets silly when he’s low on battery. Disney just may be ahead of the curve and Baymax could be a tell-tale sign of what’s to come (and what’s needed with this onset of Ebola outbreaks. Just saying.)
I finally got to see the full movie during the #BigHero6Event red carpet premiere on Tuesday in Los Angeles and it’s a wonderfully whimsical adventure of how Hiro and his trusty, fluffy sidekick Baymax joins forces with their colorfully named-friends to eliminate the evil-doer Yokai.
Set in a fictional metropolis called San Fransokyo (a cross-betweenSan Francisco and Tokyo), a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax uncover a criminal plot and pull together a team of inexperienced crime-fighters, including Wasabi, Honey Lemon, GoGo Tomago, and Fred to solve the mystery surrounding the crime.
The movie was a big delight and showed the true value of friends sticking together and having each other’s back. The movie was fun and kids will definitely enjoy it. It starts off telling a very moving story but there is an amazing adventure that follows suit between Hiro and Baymax.
Big Hero 6 is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). Big Hero 6 is the 54th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
- Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada, a 14-year-old robotics prodigy. Hiro’s battle bots dominate the underground bot fights of San Fransokyo. His brother Tadashi redirects him, inspiring Hiro to gain admission to San Fransokyo’s Institute of Technology. Speaking of the character, co-director Don Hall said “Hiro is transitioning from boy to man, it’s a tough time for a kid and some teenagers develop that inevitable snarkiness and jaded attitude. Luckily Ryan is a very likeable kid. So no matter what he did, he was able to take edge off the character in a way that made him authentic, but appealing.”
- Scott Adsit as Baymax, an inflatable robot built by Tadashi to serve as a healthcare companion. Hall said “Baymax views the world from one perspective—he just wants to help people, he sees Hiro as his patient.” Producer Roy Conli said “The fact that his character is a robot limits how you can emote, but Scott was hilarious. He took those boundaries and was able to shape the language in a way that makes you feel Baymax’s emotion and sense of humor. Scott was able to relay just how much Baymax cares.”
- Génesis Rodríguez as Honey Lemon, a quirky chemistry whiz at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. Williams said “She’s a glass-is-half-full kind of person. But she has this mad-scientist quality with a twinkle in her eye—there’s more to Honey than it seems.”
- Jamie Chung as GoGo Tomago, a tough, athletic, non-talkative adrenaline junkie who is developing electromagnetic wheel axles at San Fransokyo Institute of Tehnology. Hall said “She’s definitely a woman of few words…We looked at bicycle messengers as inspiration for her character.”
- Damon Wayans, Jr. as Wasabi, a smart, slightly neurotic, heavily built neat-freak and an expert on laser cutting at San Fransokyo Institute of Tehnology. On the character, co-director Chris Williams said “He’s actually the most conservative, cautious—he [sic] the most normal among a group of brazen characters. So he really grounds the movie in the second act and becomes, in a way, the voice of the audience and points out that what they’re doing is crazy.”
- T. J. Miller as Fred / Fredzilla, a laid-back comic-book fan who also plays the mascot at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. Speaking of Miller, Williams said “He’s a real student of comedy. There are a lot of layers to his performance, so Fred ended up becoming a richer character than anyone expected