Cinematic Appreciation: Big Hero 6

CINEMATIC APPRECIATION OBJECTIVE: I love movies. They are a combination of every art form- visual and audible, textures and colors and singing and talking and everything beautiful. So I thought I would take some time to fully appreciate the films that capture my heart the most.

Each film is scored on several different levels:

CGI (Computer Generated Images, or basically special effects): (for animation, this is changed to) ANIMATION/RENDERING: 0 being terrible and 10 being phenomenal.

COSTUMING AND MAKEUP (speaks for itself): (for animation, this is changed to) AESTHETIC/DESIGN: 0 being inaccurate and 10 being perfect.

SCREENPLAY (script): 0 being filled with plot holes and 10 being flawless.

CASTING (even extras!): 0 being meh and 10 being EVEN THE PERSON ON THE SIDEWALK WAS IN CHARACTER!!!

MUSIC (soundtrack): 0 being a detraction from the film and 10 being an advantage.

And, finally, OVERALL FEELS (my fangirling emotions): 0 being none and 10 being I-can’t-breathe.

“This is such a fun, lighthearted kids movie,” I sob, blowing my nose into my 700th kleenex.

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Starring a robotic nurse, The Most Pure Angel of a Brother Ever, and The Kid Who Actually Has Real 14-year-old Feelings.

ANIMATION/RENDERING: 73873698729857394578 out of 10.

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oooOOOoOOoOOooooOOOOOHOHOHUHSDKHFJHS this movie’s animation is I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. The colors are vibrant, the shadows are deep, the movement is ridiculously complicated. And the TEXTURES- you can feel it.

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There’s also a ridiculous amount of detail packed into every inch of the screen. I could stare at this movie for hours, studying all the tiny pieces. That’s what makes a movie good- when you can keep looking and never see it all.

AESTHETIC/DESIGN: 10 out of 10.

First of all, San Fransokyo. The seamless integration between two major cities from our world is boggling. And this city is just as impressive in daylight…

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…as it is at night, when it’s lit up and shining.

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You know what else really pops off the screen? Their superhero costumes. The colors are so vibrant, and each design is so unique and customized to the character.

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oh look it’s my favorite scene *sobs*

SCREENPLAY: 8 out of 10.

WHAT?!?! I didn’t do a ridiculously out of proportion number that’s definitely not on a 1 to 10 scale this time?!? Surprise. The thing with this screenplay is that it’s INCREDIBLE and AMAZING-

BUT-

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There’s one too many extra-obvious repeating theme parallels. “Unbelievable.” “I’m not giving up on you.” “Use that big brain of yours.” Etcetera and so on. And I mean, I love connections like that… in proper serving sizes. When it’s every five minutes, sometimes it can feel a little forced. I GET IT. I GET THE CONNECTION. YUP, I SEE IT. I GOT IT.

CASTING: 10 out of 10, absolutely.

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It’s hard to judge the casting of a movie when you can only judge their voice. With live-action, you also have to judge their face and body language, but with animation, their physical appearance is determined by the animators.

That being said, these voices are spot-on. I feel like Baymax’s voice could have easily been annoying if it was voiced by the wrong person, but they chose just the right mix of AI and personality.

MUSIC: 

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I mean, it’s Henry Jackman. Certified Sob-Inducing Specialist.

OVERALL FEELS: *see above gif*

Being part of the Big Hero 6 fandom is like being in a Secret Club that hands out cheesecake as the snack instead of pretzels. Pretzels = poorly made fanart created from blurry screencaps & the comic sans font. Cheesecake = HORDE OF DELECTABLE FANART, WELL-WRITTEN FANFICS, MIND-BOGGLING HEADCANONS, & PATENTED FEELS.

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And there’s TADASHONEY!!!! Which, sadly, upon further inspection, is even less canon than my heart can handle. Literally, there’s only 2 seconds of potential Tadashoney reference in the movie. Good news- the fandom reads into everything, and Honey says his NAME, so obviously IT’S TRUE LOOOOVEEEEEEE

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We as a fandom have all collectively denied Tadashi’s death so much, that he lives on through fanart and fanfics. We can’t give up Disney’s most explosive success in just ONE MOVIE. PFFFTTTTT.

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We’re a close-knit group of teary-eyed fans.

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AND NOW I’M CRYING AGAIN.

 

 

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  1. What a great review! I adore this movie!!

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  2. Thank you! Yeah, this movie is just so good.

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