Big Hero 6

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Based on a comic by Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, this animated feature presents the story of the bond between Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter), an inventive computer and technology prodigy who started out in life as a sickly kid, and Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit), the cutting-edge inflatable robot caretaker developed by Hiro’s older brother to keep the young boy safe in the futuristic world of San Fransokyo (a city that combines elements of San Francisco and Tokyo). Rather than relying on the typical superhero models of mutants or science experiments gone awry to produce super-powered beings (big unrealistic dreams that kids latch onto), Big Hero 6 focuses on Hiro’s ability to create and manipulate technology in amazing ways, which should appeal to kids today who are growing up in an age where advances in social media and computers are setting new standards for what the future might hold for society. So instead of big show-stopping songs and sentimental moments (as might be expected from the team behind Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph), Big Hero 6 is about a smart kid and his cohort of equally bright friends who use their intelligence to not only save the world, but also potentially have an even bigger impact on it. Now that’s big thinking. (Opens wide Friday) — (PG) Not reviewed

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