Disney’s “Big Hero 6” may have left a big impact on audience as the ideal non-Marvel interpretation of a Marvel Comics franchise, but that doesn’t mean the film was without its faults. Released in 2014 and directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, the animated hit is now the target of the Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers series of Youtube videos. Unlike the adorable (and huggable) Baymax, the latest Honest Trailer pulls no punches when it comes to criticizing the construction of “Big Hero 6.”
Delivering on its promise to point out every trope, cliche, or instance of lazy writing a film dares to utilize, the trailer proves takes “Big Hero 6” to task. Despite the film being a commercial and critical success, grossing over $650 million worldwide and earning a Tomatometer rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, there are plenty of flaws and narrative shortcuts to be picked apart by the most devoted of critics. One of the biggest problems the Honest Trailer points out is how awfully similar the plot is to various Marvel Studios films, despite not technically being a Marvel movie. The trailer also pokes fun at the film’s fast-and-loose science, failing to explain why a group of college students that manage to invent billion-dollar technology aren’t being treated like tech wizards.
“Big Hero 6” was the first Disney film to adapt a Marvel franchise outside of the their Marvel Studios subsidiary. “Big Hero 6” was created for Marvel Comics in 1998 by Man of Action’s Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau, though the film took numerous liberties with the adaptation and traded in traditional comic book artwork for an anime-inspired whimsical look more in line with what audiences expect from Disney. As the Honest Trailer pointed out, the film was adapted from a Marvel Comic “you had no idea existed.”
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