A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While not intended to teach, the series exposes viewers to STEM concepts related to artificial intelligence and robotics. Their superhero suits and accessories are excellent examples of how science and technology can solve problems.
Kids see Hiro forge his own path even as he follows in the footsteps of his beloved older brother. He has positive influences in his life in his friends and his aunt, and of course Baymax. Though his grief over losing his brother has waned somewhat, it still weighs on his mind, and his friends help him cope. Strong themes of education, empathy, taking risks, learning from mistakes, not taking shortcuts, and doing the right thing.
Positive Role Models
Hiro is impulsive, which gets him into some trouble, but he's also a quick thinker and an adept problem-solver. He learns to lean on his friends rather than go it alone all the time. Aunt Cass takes a less visible role but remains an ardent supporter of Hiro. Baymax is an emotional healer and often articulates feelings the characters don't even realize they're having, which helps them deal with them. The two female characters stand out among their male counterparts for their kindness and their courage. Though he's gone, the memory of Tadashi continues to inspire Hiro.
Violence & Scariness
Sinister characters have questionable motives that prompt them to steal and cheat to achieve. Some street violence like a gang holding a man upside down over the edge of a building, but no injuries. The Big Hero 6 team members use their suits and accessories to impede their enemies rather than to hurt them.
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Products & Purchases
This series follows the full-length origin film of the same name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Big Hero 6 continues the story of Hiro, Baymax, and their friends as they become the city's protectors from various villains. Fans of the movie will notice a number of differences in this TV series, including a new animation style and a decreased role for Baymax as the focus changes to the team as a whole. Still, there are themes of courage and perseverance as Hiro moves on from his brother's death (a plot point in the movie) and finds his own way in college. There are some tense and suspenseful moments as the heroes combat villains, and others are shown lurking in shadowy rooms plotting Big Hero 6's demise. But what stands out in this series are strong characters, smart problem-solving, and the emotional awareness that Baymax helps foster in his human friends.
Is It Any Good?
Some, but not all, of the magic that made the movie so resonant with fans of all ages returns in this sequel series. All of the crucial characters are back, and it takes little time to get Baymax up and running again as well. But the story's focus shifts away from the Hiro-Baymax relationship and the memory of Tadashi that so inspired, and toward the dynamic among the six self-proclaimed heroes. This makes it more lighthearted and less introspective; in other words, more like a typical superhero story with Hiro as the young ringleader still learning the ropes. The animation style also feels like a bit of a loss, compared to the movie's CGI.
Even so, families that used the Big Hero 6 story to talk about issues dealing with loss and grief can continue to follow those themes as Hiro's experiences change and as he moves on from Tadashi's death. As time passes, he and his friends are increasingly inspired by Tadashi rather than in mourning for him, though Baymax can still be counted on to call out emotions when they run high. But there's more laughter and fewer moments of reflection as their story evolves into one of Hiro's future rather than his past.
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