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The Vinylmation Critic Editorial: BIG HERO 6 REVIEW!

For those of you who have been living under a rock, or haven’t been touched by Disney’s terrible marketing, Big Hero 6 came out today!

So my review is gonna be full of spoilers but here are a couple short spoiler-free sentences for those of you who want to remain unspoiled: Animation, YAY! Story, eehhh…

So let’s get talking!

Entering Spoiler zone! 

Let’s start by talking about the short that accompanied this movie, Feast.

Feast was an okay short. The story was really generic and honestly, disappointing. I expected a lot from Disney coming after Paperman, and this just wasn’t up to par with that short. Heck, not even with Get A Horse. The reason why is because it just seemed random. Like, it was someone in the break room telling a quick thought without an editor or a critic around. It didn’t feel like it was ready to be displayed to the public. It just seemed like an afterthought. I, and my friend, completely forgot about it when we left the movie. 2/5

Now, BIG HERO 6!

Wow! What a beautiful looking movie. Before watching this movie, I had dinner with my friend and we were reminiscing about Frozen. I mentioned to her that I thought that Disney is still lacking in the animation department. Their animation just isn’t as good as their storytelling. I had exhibited this problem with both Wreck it Ralph and Frozen. I even remember seeing the animation on the trailer for Illumination’s Minions and thinking that they’re better at animation. So throughout all of that, why did Disney, a small fish, jump into a tank full of sharks? Well, because of the storytelling. BUT I am happy to report that Disney is finally up there with the quality of animation. This is a BEAUTIFUL movie. The background animation is absolutely stunning, especially the skies and clouds. San Fronsokyo looked amazing, but the animation came a full circle when we finally saw what that vortex looked like. That looked pretty amazing! I also have to mention that the animation done on those microchips was also stunning. However, all that said, Disney is still lacking on the character animation. I just think that their characters look so plain and simple. There were some scenes where I thought I was watching a cut scene from a video game. That is not what a Disney movie should be compared to! So while they did perfect the background animation, they really need to work on their character animation.

So what else did I like about the movie, well, this was one of the few movies that are aimed at children that deal with the loss of a loved one. If you think about it, this isn’t a movie about a gang of superheroes trying to solve a problem, it’s a story about a young boy dealing with grief. It doesn’t just show kids that it’s completely normal for them to go through this stage in life, but also, that they have people to support them. They have people to comfort them, people to sooth their pain, and most importantly, celebrating your loved ones for who they were, instead of only grieving about them. There are however a couple of downsides to this aspect of the story. As much as I loved this, I was kinda sad because we never really got a quiet moment with Hiro and Tadashi’s friends. I really wanted one heartfelt moment, a scene where they all sat down and talked about Tadashi and how much he meant, and still means, to them. They could have added this scene right after reconciling with Baymax and Hiro. Although, the scene where they were comforting Aunt Cass was devastating.

The other problem I had with this angle of the story was that it deteriorated the movie from being about the other 4 heroes. This movie truly felt like a movie about a boy and his robot, and the more I think about it, the more I realize that the inclusion of the other characters was completely unnecessary.  We never really see them go through any character arcs, no development to their abilities, and not an explanation. We had to sit through the god awful Fall Out Boy song while we saw the characters getting their superhero gear together. We never got an explanation on what they do, pretty shocking considering the main audience is supposed to be children. We never got the chance to truly get to know the characters. Why did they even decide to continue being heroes? It didn’t make sense to me and felt really forced.  I really expected more from Disney, and the more I look back it , the more I realize that the reason why the characters were never marketed was because they are just simply not in the movie long enough. Kind of like Elsa from Frozen. So what about the characters did I like and didn’t like?

  • Honey Lemon: She is probably my favorite of the group. I really loved the creativeness of her powers. That purse was pretty cool, but why did we only get to see it’s insides once? Also, a lot of the things that she was doing seemed unrealistic to me. I felt that they needed to flesh out her powers more. And speaking of that, where was the impressive arc that I thought we were gonna get?
  • Go Go Tomago: Make way for the stereotypical tomboy girl who blows bubble gum, acts cool, and has an empowering phrase… Seriously.. “Women Up”… What were they thinking? Go Go was a stereotypical character and nothing new was really added to her character. I knew she was going to be the one character to break in the end and hug Hiro, because they need to break through the exterior of her character. Her powers seemed cool though. But yeah.. just a cutout. Nothing new.
  • Wasabi: OCD guy. That’s it. That’s all I know about his character. He didn’t really do much so, let’s just end it at that.
  • Fred: You know, I thought he would be another TJ Miller annoying character, but I kind of liked him. I mean, he did have some really annoying scenes, but the majority of his character was good. I do however think that he was the most useless of the group. They really didn’t need him in there, except for the money, I guess?

And let’s talk about the advertised story, the one involving the villain. You know, I was really looking forward to this villain. I thought that we might, get a genuinely terrifying villain, which we haven’t seen in a long time in a Disney movie. And honestly, he is visually terrifying, but nothing beyond that. The big reveal was expected and I instantly knew what and why he was doing. I mean, why else would he do it? I thought the mask was really well done, but again, he’s not really a villain. There wasn’t enough focus on him. Sadly, the movie was way too in love with Baymax and Hiro that it just ignored everyone else!  I really wanted want more out of him, and there were some really impressive scenes that I liked, like the whole car chase scene. Him Jumping over the bridge and re-connecting with the microchips was pretty darn cool to see. But at the end of the day, he just remains a one note villain that serves a very cliche and tired sub-plot. I wanted more out of him.

The climax of the movie was also surprisingly tame and lame. I got the impression that we were gonna get a fight above the clouds, and a really cool one, but instead, there wasn’t anything thrilling. I remember sitting there starting to get bored, because it was just tamed. It wasn’t exciting as much as it should have been! And the big twist in the end with the daughter being alive was just unnecessary.  It was completely pointless and stole time from the other superheroes.

I want to talk about Baymax going evil, but I also don’t want to cross that line. This was a very cliche scene that I was hoping wouldn’t be in the movie. We already had an animated movie that had a similar scene, and it was definitely stronger in that movie.

Also, let’s discuss the score by Henry Jackman a bit. Actually, I’ll just say one thing. If you liked the score of WiR, then this is essentially the same score. If I had to hear both of them, I wouldn’t be able to distinguish them. It was very generic, and didn’t add anything to the movie. Maybe my opinion of it will change once I see it again, but there wasn’t any piece that just held my attention.

Lastly, the after credits scene, while silly, is totally worth staying for. It’s one of the best that I’ve ever seen and pretty darn smart. So make sure you stick behind for that!

Ultimately, I look at this movie in two different ways:

  1. This is a movie about a boy dealing with death and grievance. And I do believe that the movie succeeded.
  2. This is a movie about a group of superheroes, because it was called Big Hero 6. And I don’t think that the movie succeeded from this aspect.

So I have to give this movie a solid 7/10. That might change in a day to an 8, because I’m still debating whether 7 is fair. But we’ll see. I do think that you have to see it in a movie theater. The animation is breathtaking and the 3D adds a bit to the movie.

 

So what did you think of the movie? Comment down below on any questions or just your thoughts. I am very interested in hearing them!

Disney Infinity Extra Life Marathon Kick Off

Hey guys, its Abe here with an update! Yesterday I had the privilege to attend the Disney Infinity Extra Life Marathon kick off event, held on the Disney Interactive campus in sunny Glendale California! For those not familiar with Extra Life, it’s an annual video game event where thousands of gamers unite to raise funds for local children’s hospitals. The Disney Infinity team took on the challenge and aimed to raise $15,000 for this great cause, and the Disney Company would match their efforts.

Disney Infinity Extra Life Marathon Kick Off

Disney Infinity Extra Life Marathon Kick Off

Disney Infinity was live streaming the event on Twitch from 11 AM to 3 PM PDT, showing all the cool festivities taking place at the event. Johnny V. and Allison hosted the live stream and brightened up the event with their timeless charm and vibrant personalities. They played games within the toy box, displayed game play from unreleased figures, interviewed Disney Interactive team members, hosted a costume contest for the kids, and even had a sing-along for the extremely popular “Let it go!” from Disney’s Frozen.

Johnny V and Allison take center stage and host a fun event!

Johnny V and Allison take center stage and host a fun event!

JV shows off his Green Goblin to the Twitch viewers!

JV shows off his Green Goblin to the Twitch viewers!

A cute smile from the sweet Alison, excited to play as Jasmine!

A cute smile from the sweet Allison, excited to play as Jasmine!

The image is a little dark, but you can see Jasmine use her whirlwind attack that produce flying carpets to come at an opponent.

The image is a little dark, but you can see Jasmine use her whirlwind attack that produces flying carpets to come at an opponent.

They also invited everyone playing at home to show their support by offering a special 24-hour Toy Box blitz challenge to help inspire their day of play! I can’t wait to experience some of those toy boxes that show what “being a hero” is all about!

The event had a few stations set up with multiple activities families could experience. Kids were given a couple of power discs which they could use to play in the multiple game stations set up around the area. They also had a disc trading station set up for anyone who brought discs to trade from home or to swap discs they acquired at the event. There was a donation station for those who wanted to contribute to the cause and help the Disney Infinity team reach their goal. They also had complementary burger sliders and breaded mac and cheese dumplings for all the guests. Quite delicious to be honest! One of my favorite stations was a card making station where you could create cards themed to Disney Infinity, that were all going to be given to the children at the hospitals they were raising funds for. It was fun to use crayons and color pencils again (its been a while), not to mention, writing a personal note to a child you don’t know that will make a difference in their life! Such a selection of great activities for so many families to enjoy! Heres a few pics of the entire set up.

Who can't wait for Stitch and Merida!?!?

Who can’t wait for Stitch and Merida!?!?

Kids loving DI

Kids loving DI

A PC station with the game set up. Notice a game controller being used!

A PC station with the game set up. Notice a game controller being used!

Disc trading!

Disc trading!

It started out very organized...

It started out very organized…

...but it became a colorful symphony of power discs as time flew by.

…but it became a colorful symphony of power discs as time flew by.

1.0 and 2.0 discs look good together!

1.0 and 2.0 discs look good together!

Card making station for the children in the hospitals.

Card making station for the children in the hospitals.

Lets play Infinity!

Lets play Infinity!

Merida showing this little princess all about this life size Infinity Base!

Merida showing this little princess all about this life size Infinity Base!

Baymax and Hulk striking a pose!

Baymax and Hulk striking a pose!

JV plays as Aladdin riding the Treasure Planet Hover Board.

JV plays as Aladdin riding the Treasure Planet Hover Board.

The Disney channel was also filming on location as well and had their own crew filming a couple teens playing the game. I’m sure they had their own extra life broadcast going for the channel or at least some clips to play during their shows. It was cool to see them work around lots of people.

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Disney Channel Filming!

One of the final events during the kick off was the costume contest! These kids were cute and had some really nice costumes.  JV, Allison, and a guest voted for their top winners, who all got a ribbon to show for their achievement. All the kids that dressed up were treated to a free DI 2.0 originals figure, but the main winner had their choice of either starter pack for whatever console of their choosing. It was very entertaining! They also followed up the contest with a “Let it go!” sing-along.

The Judges

The Judges

The grand prize winners! Gamora, Star Lord, and Rocket (along with baby Groot in hand), a family of three win the starter pack!

The grand prize winners! Gamora, Star Lord, and Rocket (along with baby Groot in hand), a family of three win the starter pack!

Lord Business from the Lego Movie, although not Disney, was the cutest little guy in the whole contest! He even has the Kragel! :)

Lord Business from the Lego Movie, although not Disney, was the cutest little guy in the whole contest! He even has the Kragel! :)

An Awesome Venom won the best Marvel Costume

An Awesome Venom won the best Marvel Costume

All the kids (and an adult) who dressed up!

All the kids (and an adult) who dressed up!

Lots of fun from an energetic bunch!

Lots of fun from an energetic bunch!

Judges making their final decision for the winners.

Judges making their final decision for the winners.

Star Lord striking a pose for the Disney channel people!

Star Lord striking a pose for the Disney channel people!

Its time to sing "Let it Go!'

Its time to sing “Let it Go!”

Cuteness ensues!

Cuteness ensues!

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Overall, this event was a fun experience. Plus, it was for a good cause! The Disney Infinity team reached their goal of $15,000, which meant the Disney Company would match it, so $30,000 was raised thanks to their efforts! A big thank you to the entire DI team for putting on a great event, for making an excellent game, and for raising money for such a great cause! You guys are awesome X infinity!

 

 

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An amazing surprise from an extremely generous and incredible person! Thank you sincerely! :)

An amazing surprise from an extremely generous and incredible person! Thank you sincerely! :)

 

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It’s been a long time coming, and we knew they were going to be part of Disney Infinity 2.0 for a while now… but it is nice to have it official. Please welcome Hiro and Baymax to the cast of Disney Originals (2.0 Edition).

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Today, Disney Interactive announced that Hiro and Baymax from the upcoming action-packed movie “Big Hero 6” will be entering the Disney Infinity Toy Box (2.0 Edition). Fans will be able to use Hiro’s mind-power and Baymax’s super strength, along with hundreds of items, locations, props, vehicles and more from across the Disney and Marvel universes to create all-new adventures born from the imagination of players.

•       Hiro: From the heart of San Fransokyo into Toy Box 2.0 comes the brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who created “Big Hero 6.” The inventor of mind-controlled microbots uses his brain as his most powerful weapon. 

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•       Baymax:  There is no robot better suited for the Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 than the plus-sized inflatable Baymax. While this robot might have a huggable side, he definitely packs a hard armor shell. His Kung Fu fighting moves can ward off even the fiercest of enemies. His rocket fist, super strength and thrusters are unmatched.

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There will also be a “Big Hero 6” Chem Capsule Power Disc, which allows players to create a cloud of frost that freezes enemies right in their tracks.

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Disneys Hiro and Baymax figures will be available in North American retail stores on November 4. Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) is rated E-10+ by the ESRB. Additional Disney and Marvel characters will be announced in the coming months.

In addition, Disney released a trailer for the announcement

Finally, Disney released some fun promotional stills. Let us know what fun stuff you see over at our Facebook group Infinity and Beyond.

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Happy Gaming!

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During Preview Night, we shared some pictures of a Baymax statue on the floor of SDCC that looks like it could be the Baymax figure for Disney Infinity 2.0. Throughout the past hour, Johnny V. has been teasing everyone about there being a version of an unannounced figure on the SDCC floor, and then posted this:

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If that is not confirmation, i don’t know what is.

I, for one, would love to see Baymax in Disney Infinity 2.0. What do you think? let us know over at Infinity and Beyond.

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Right now it is Preview Night at SDCC. Our friend Brad over at Stitch Kingdom just posted this picture from the Big Hero 6 booth.

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Here is another picture of the statue from ComingSoon.net.

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We are looking at a life-sized statue of Baymax, one of the characters from Big Hero 6. Now, both Toys ‘R’ Us and Walmart leaked information showing that Baymax, and his pal Hiro, would be part of Disney Infinity 2.0’s Disney Originals line. Somehow this statue looks very striking to a Disney Infinity figure… the blocky design, the circular base… is this the first look at what Baymax looks like for Disney Infinity 2.0? I guess only time will tell.

Stay tuned to Infinity and Beyond/ Vinylmation kingdom as we bring you more news from SDCC all week.