Parents' Guide to

Big Hero 6

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Awesome origin story is action-packed, deals with grief.

Movie PG 2014 102 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 80 parent reviews

age 8+

Surprisingly GREAT

Our child is sensitive, adopted, and we try and avoid movies with child protagonists who have experienced the loss of a parent or are orphans. It is usually done so badly. This is such a common premise for kid movies, it is a pet peeve. That said, if done right, it can be therapeutic. This movie addressed loss and the complex emotions that surround loss in such a great way for our family. Good family night movie and led to good discussion and tons of laughter. Added kudos for expanded gender and racial representation. I felt that cisgender girls would be happy with this film also and it was subtlety not centered on the white, male experience. Yes, it was ultimately a "superhero" origin story, but it was artful, focused heavily on the STEM skills needed to realize robotic technology, and not a heavy-handed bore. It was FUNNY.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
8 people found this helpful.
age 6+

Great movie!

This is a great movie! When it was suggested I wasn't sure at first, but I watched it and it was amazing! Perfect combination of a funny adventure and emotion. Cool main characters, great animation, and really funny scenes! I think lots of kids would love this movie, because of the funny robot, Baymax. Even older kids would enjoy it! Great film!
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (80):
Kids say (187):

This is precisely the kind of family film that will charm little kids, teens, and even child-free adults. What Frozen was to sisterhood, Big Hero 6 is to brotherhood. Even though Hiro and Tadashi don't get the happily ever after that Anna and Elsa enjoy, this is still a story about the power of brotherly love, encouragement, and support. As the adorably wise Baymax explains to Hiro, Tadashi is still with him, even if not physically. Baymax is the movie's most unique character; he's part Mary Poppins, part Groot, all huggable marshmallowy goodness and love -- the perfect companion to broody young Hiro's jaded sense of doom about a world in which someone you love can be gone in a flash.

It's no surprise that with Marvel and Disney teaming up for this adventure, the result is a bit of Avengers-lite. The proudly nerdy ensemble includes GoGo, a feisty feminist who says "Woman up!" instead of "Man up"; gentle foodie Wasabi; perky-in-pink Honey Lemon; and comics-loving Fred, who's not a scientist himself but loves to hang out with the gang. They're all memorable supporting characters, but in the end the strength of this movie is the Hamada brothers and Baymax, who's impossible not to love. Whether he's diagnosing Hiro's problem as "puberty" or risking his life for Hiro, Baymax (and Tadashi, who created him) is the undeniable hero of Big Hero 6. You'll definitely want to see the Big Hero 6 save the day again.

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