Set in a fictional metropolis called San Fransokyo (a portmanteau of San Francisco and Tokyo), a young prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his self-created robot Baymax uncover a criminal plot and must join a team of inexperienced crime fighters, including Wasabi-No-Ginger, Honey Lemon, GoGo Tomago, and Fred. (synopsis via Wikipedia)
You may recall that back at the end of the May I fell into paroxysms of mirth over the first trailer for Big Hero 6, which channelled the kind of adorable, slapstick comic energy that both Disney, and Marvel both bring to their movie properties to varying degrees:
“The first trailer released for Disney’s Big Hero 6 is hands down the funniest, mirth-inducing, thigh-slappingly hilarious thing I have watched in some time.
Watching Hiro do his best to fit his newly designed futuristic outfit onto Baymax, the ill-at-ease, comically-awkward robot he has created, is all kinds of heartwarming sweetness, dorky enthusiasm and sheer, teeth-gritting tenacity.
And very, VERY funny.”
Clearly Disney has no mercy because barely have I stopped guffawing on public transport or giggling like a madman handed an entire canister of laughing gas than it realises a second trailer for our viewing pleasure (see above).
While it is more action-oriented and longer than the first with some breathtaking scenes of Baymax and Hiro flying in unison around the skies of Fransokyo, and the scary presence of the film’s Kabuki-faced villain Yokai and “neuro-cranial controlled mini-robots”, it is also still very, VERY funny with Baymax turning sticky tape into a comic prop par excellence.
And Baymax sagging in all the wrong places and winding down to the point where going up stairs is a challenge he can’t meet.
In fact after seeing the trailer there is better than average chance that you won’t be able to go into a stationery store without collapsing into helpless, side-clutching gales of laughter, which will likely get you noticed since I am fairly certain that doesn’t happen too often in shops of that ilk, or look at your stairs in quite the same way again.
While it is clearly a very different film animal to the zeitgeist-conquering cinematic force of nature that is Frozen, there is no reason this shouldn’t do big business in the same period this year if only because, as one of the characters in the film exclaims with justifiable glee “How cool is that … I mean scary obviously … but how cool!”
Seriously it is that cool … and funny, very VERY funny.
Oh my sides …
Big Hero 6 opens in USA on 7 November 2014 and Australia on 26 December 2014.