I took the three big kids out for a special trip to the movies on Saturday. When we asked them what they wanted to see, it was unanimous that Big Hero 6 was the coolest one playing. “We’ve seen spoiler videos, but we won’t ruin it for you,” they said. There was an early showtime in 3D coming up in about an hour, so we quickly got everyone ready to go (seriously – who gets dressed before 11am on a Saturday if there’s nowhere to go?)
We rushed out to the theater leaving Mommy at home with the baby. We rushed across the parking lot holding hands. “Why are we walking so fast?,” asked the 4-year-old. “Because Daddy always walks fast,” said the 8-year-old. “Because we want to get good seats,” I said. The lobby was mostly empty when we arrived (Phew), and we got our tickets quickly. The kids were loving their 3D glasses…especially the smaller sizes for the boys.
We got snacks and managed to get good seats right in the middle of the theater and sat down to wait for the movie. The crinkly sounds of Sour Patch kids being scarfed down were only drowned out by the row of kids from a birthday party joking around in the front row.
The movie started with some sort of short film called “Feast” about a dog and his owner. The kids were amusingly confused and thought we might be in the wrong theater when they didn’t recognize the movie. Soon enough, though, the feature presentation started.
The first thing that struck me as the movie started was the quality of the digital animation and the 3D effect. 3D is not used as a gimmick in this film…it provides nice depth to the normal action and some exciting dramatic effects during action sequences. The kids (8, 6, and 4) paid attention the whole time with no fussing or sleeping, which says something about the pace and plot of this Disney animated feature.
Without any spoilers, the movie is an exciting story of Hiro Hamada and his quest to catch a criminal with a team he forms to support himself and his robot, Baymax. Baymax is a cute inflatable robot who’s re-purposed by Hiro to help with their tasks. The plot is fairly simple with a few twists and surprises. There’s enough action to keep little boys interested and enough character development and drama to keep our 9-year-old girl from turning up her nose.
As the movie credits rolled, the final pieces of candy was eaten, and we walked out of the theater (“Why are there so many bathrooms?, said the 9-year-old.”), I asked the kids what their favorite part or character from the movie was.
“I liked when they [Hiro and Baymax] almost fell in the water.” – Owen (4). I also enjoyed this part of the movie in which Hiro is flying around with Baymax over the city and they dive down almost into the ocean.
“Baymax, because he is cute.” – Emily (8). The robot character is very cute and funny. He has some great lines in the movie, even though he’s not much of a talker. His well-timed deadpan lines often produce the most laughs.
Have you or your kids seen Big Hero 6 yet? What did they think?
If you haven’t seen it yet, it’d be a great movie for Thanksgiving break!
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