From the promos, you’d be justified in thinking that Disney's Big Hero 6 belonged to the set of movies that might as well go by the name "Pixar Challengers." They are funny, compelling, and well animated, and they've also got a complexity and a heart that transcends your standard animated flick—the kind of heart that's made Pixar what it is, and which earned Up its Best Picture nod at the Oscars.

Movies like this include How To Train Your Dragon, The Iron Giant (directed by Brad Bird, responsible for The Incredibles), Lilo & Stitch, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, and more—this is just the short list. All these movies are, somehow, more than the sum of their parts—more meaningful and affecting as a whole than just as "moving scenes."

Most children's animated movies lack this quality—whatever it is—and end up as cringe-fests in retrospect. (Try watching Shark Tale or any Shrek after #2 and see what I mean.)

Going into Big Hero 6, I was excited to see if it would fit in with all those other movies. So it's a supreme bummer to report that it isn’t. Big Hero 6 ends up just being a lot like a really good movie.

We’ve got a spunky 14-year-old super-genius Hiro as its hero (aha, the movie insists, get it?). Hiro resembles Spider-Man before the death of Uncle Ben: brilliant, but lazy and opportunistic, preferring to use his skills to win robot fights rather than to make the world a better place.

His brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney), who might as well have been named “Foil,” is altruistic, thoughtful, and passionate about his research. He's passionate about the medical assistance robot he's ...

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Big Hero 6
Our Rating
2½ Stars - Fair
Average Rating
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Mpaa Rating
PG (For action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements.)
Directed By
Don Hall, Chris Williams
Run Time
1 hour 42 minutes
Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller
Theatre Release
November 07, 2014 by Walt Disney Animation Studios
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