IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) A decade ago Disney Animation was stuck in the shadow of Pixar, their sibling studio. After Tangled, Wreck-it-Ralph, and Frozen, they’ve re-emerged as the leader in family entertainment. Big Hero 6 continues their hot streak. It’s smart, inventive, touching, and funny, with unique characters and the best action animation this side of The Incredibles. With so much going for it, its occasional forays into predictable superhero cliches are easily forgiven. Not to be missed by viewers of any age.
CONTENT OVERVIEW: Big Hero 6 is rated PG. A character (minor spoiler) dies off-screen, an event which is heartbreaking for the other characters and the audience, but is necessary to launch the story. There are moments of peril and menace, with a masked villain repeatedly attempting to kill the heroes. There’s some action and slapstick violence (not severe), and a brief conversation where a robot begins to inform a boy about puberty (the boy stops him before he says anything questionable).
MESSAGES TO DISCUSS: We honor the dead by promoting the causes they lived (or died) for. Revenge and violence create an endless cycle that resolve nothing. Use your talents to help other people, not to seek your own glory. Cutting corners in your work causes you to sacrifice quality and can lead to disaster.