Robotics prodigy Hiro (Ryan Potter) lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro’s closest companion is Baymax (Scott Adsit), a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) into a band of high-tech heroes.
Transfiguring Adoption awarded this movie 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]
Review – Powered by Adoption at the Movies:
In the futuristic city San Fransokyo, a young genius named Hiro Hamada is inspired to join his older brother Tadashi as a student a prestigious robotics department, run by famed professor Robert Callaghan. Hiro is inspired, in part, by his brother’s invention – an inflatable, personalized health-care robot named Baymax. However, an explosion in the university takes the life of Hiro’s brother, leaving Hiro depressed and disinterested in technology. An interaction with Tadashi’s robot compels Hiro to resume his training, and also reminds him that Tadashi is still with him, in his memory (a similar theme of remembering those you’ve lost is present in another recent release, The Book of Life). Through his work, Hiro makes friends with Tadashi’s former colleagues – and with Baymax; together, they work to uncover the mysterious cause of the explosion that claimed Tadashi’s life.
The Adoption Connection
Hiro is familiar with loss in his family. Both of parents died before the movie, and he and Tadashi are being raised by Aunt Cass, the single sister of one of their parents who lives above her coffee shop. When Tadashi dies, Aunt Cass is the only family that Hiro has, until he eventually finds a connection with Tadashi through Baymax’s programming.
The short film before Big Hero 6, “Feast” is a truly funny piece on love, centered on food, from a dog’s point of view. The theater I was in laughed, in unison, several times at this one.
Aunt Cass is very loving. Even when she is frustrated at Tadashi and Hiro—they had gotten arrested – she still affirms that she loves them.
Tadashi is a committed big brother. He guides Hiro into making good decisions, and also affirms that, even if Hiro makes bad decisions, he won’t leave…
Transfiguring Adoption’s Thoughts:
This appeared to be a fantastic movie to watch as a foster or adoptive family for several reasons.
- Kinship Adoption
The main character, Hiro, is in a kinship adoption, because his parents have passed away. Even as early as the beginning of the film Hiro is realistically coping (albeit not in a healthy way) with this loss. This alone could open the doors for some healthy dialogue with your child.
- Realistic & Caring Adoptive Caregiver
Hiro’s aunt is raising Hiro and his brother. All through the movie we could relate with her joys and frustrations. She appears to have a love for the boys where she will do anything possible to help them succeed. However, you pick up on her feelings of parenting inadequately too and you can see that she isn’t the perfect Betty Crocker mom. It’s refreshing to see a caregiver painted in a positive and loving light instead of being appearing to be the Evil Step-Mother.
- Realistically Coping With More Loss
Hiro suffers more loss during the film. As with any of us or our kids, we are forced to deal/cope with these unexpected events. Disney portrays a very real journey of Hiro struggling through the process of grief and loss. Again, it is somewhat refreshing to see this realism when a company such as Disney could insert a musical number with singing animals to make lighter of the situation.
Ironically, while we felt that the theme of realism throughout the movie made it a great film to watch with your family, the theme of realism also adds an element of caution for your family.
- Triggering Memories of the Past
Since Hiro has some very real situations happening to him during the movie and he is also portrayed in a very real way processing grief – It is a definite possibility that your child (or maybe even you) will be reminded about a painful loss of a loved one. It is my experience with my own family that I just need to be armed with this information. We didn’t have any triggers and our kids didn’t necessarily connect the lines between this fictional story and their life. However, again, the realism opened up a great atmosphere for talking about coping with loss.