I’ve had a couple of movies in the last year that were easy to suggest as a must purchase, and Disney’s Big Hero 6 lands firmly in this category as well. It has a great story, great characters and is simply an enjoyable all-age family-friendly film. Therefore, I’ll get the obvious out of the way – Big Hero 6 is simply a great film! It won an Oscar on Sunday for Best Animated Feature, and even the short film that played before it in theaters was excellent. The reason I mention the short titled, Feast is twofold. First, it won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. The second, and more important reason for you, is that it is included on the Blu-ray as well. So, you actually get two Oscar winning titles in this one package. I could probably end my review here, because it’s obvious that this movie is worth purchasing. It’s a definite buy. As such, we won’t spend any additional time talking about how amazing the film is. Instead, we’ll look at all of the extra goodies you get on the Blu-ray when you buy it.
Let’s begin with “The Origin Story of Big Hero 6: Hiro’s Journey.” It’s a little over 15 minutes long. There is a warning from one of the main characters from the film, Baymax, that there are spoilers in this bonus feature. Make sure you watch this after you have seen the film. Otherwise, you might spoil the movie as you’ll hear a few details about key plot points. I won’t spoil them for you here, but I will tell you that there is talk about searching out locations in San Francisco (the film takes place in a fictitious city called San Fransokyo). There is also some discussion on how the story moves from a Marvel Comic into a Disney Animated film. It was an interesting watch and you should take a few minutes to do so after watching the film.
Another nice Blu-ray bonus was the “Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters.” This was a bit shorter at a bit more than 6-1/2 minutes. This details some ideas from the animators, where they get ideas for details on the characters and how they can determine things like how the animators decide on how they will make them look when they move. It was also interesting to note that some of the voice actors had input on their characters. In fact, I found that while the entire segment was interesting, the fact that everyone has some input is unique. The only thing that was lacking in this segment was time. We wished it would have had some additional time as it was extremely insightful.
I’ve already touched a little on the theatrical short “Feast.” It’s included as a bonus, and although it’s a very simple story, it’s extremely powerful. You’ll find yourself on a bit of an emotional roller coaster. The short is about 6 minutes long and tells a story that takes place over 12 years in that short few minutes of time. The story is about a Boston Terrier named Winston, and details a human romance from this pet dog’s point of view. I won’t give any additional details to spoil the story as you’ll definitely enjoy watching it. This was the first short film project to result from Walt Disney Animation Studios newly created in-house program where employees are invited to pitch short-film ideas to John Lasseter and his “Short Trust.” It will be a great deal of pressure on the next project to live up to this one, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the resulting attempt!
The Blu-ray includes some deleted scenes that are approximately 13 minutes long. They are introduced by the directs of Big Hero 6, Chris Williams and Don Hall. With the deleted scenes, there are two alternate openings which were interesting. As storyboard clips, they give you some insight as to how the story could have been changed. I always love to watch the deleted scenes and these were no exception.
Big Hero 6 Exclusive Bonus Clip: ‘Grappling Hook’ from Deleted Scenes
Big Hero 6 was great at the theater and equally enjoyable to watch at home for a second, and likely many more, times. It’s something you’ll want to add to your personal collection. It’s a great family movie and is available today on Blu-ray and DVD. We detailed some of the great bonus features on the Blu-ray that will give you some additional reasons to buy it.
EXEC. PRODUCER: John Lasseter (“Toy Story,” “Cars”)
PRODUCER: Roy Conli (“Tangled,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”)
DIRECTORS: Don Hall (“The Emperor’s New Groove,” “The Princess and the Frog”)
Chris Williams (“Bolt,” “The Emperor’s New Groove”)
VOICE TALENT: Ryan Potter (“Save the Date”) as Hiro Himada, Scott Adsit (TV’s “30 Rock”) as Baymax, Jamie Chung (TV’s “Once Upon A Time”) as Go Go Tomago, Damon Wayans, Jr. (“Let’s Be Cops,” TV’s “New Girl”) as Wasabi, Genesis Rodriguez (“Identity Theft”) as Honey Lemon, T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) as Fred, Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids”) as Aunt Cass, James Cromwell (“The Green Mile”) as Professor Robert Callaghan, Alan Tudyk (TV’s “Suburgatory”) as Alistair Krei and Daniel Henney (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) as Tadashi Hamada.
SCREENPLAY: Jordan Roberts (“March of the Penguins”), Daniel Gerson (“Monsters University”), Robert L. Baird (“Monsters University”)
COMPOSER: Henry Jackman (“The Dark Knight”)
RELEASE DATES: Digital HD & 3D on February 3, 2015
Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand on Feburary 24, 2015
PRODUCTS: Digital HD/3D/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand
FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 102 min.
RATING: Feature Film: PG in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF (Additional Bonus Features Not Rated)
ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1
DVD Feature Film = 2.39:1
AUDIO: Blu-ray = 5.1 DTS
DVD = 5.1 Dolby
LANGUAGES: English, French & Spanish
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French & Spanish
Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.