Hiro Hamada is a 14-year-old robotics genius in the futuristic fictional city of San Fransokyo. Having graduated high school at 13, he now spends his time participating and betting on illegal bot fights. To redirect Hiro, his elder brother Tadashi takes him to his robotics lab at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, where Hiro meets Tadashi’s friends, GoGo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred, as well as Baymax, the inflatable healthcare robot Tadashi created. Hiro also meets Professor Callaghan, the head of the university’s robotics program. Amazed, Hiro decides to apply to the university. To enroll, he signs up for the school’s science fair and presents his project: microbots, swarms of tiny robots that can link together in any arrangement imaginable using a neuro-cranial transmitter. Impressed, Professor Callaghan grants Hiro acceptance. When a fire breaks out at the university, Tadashi rushes in to rescue Callaghan. An explosion then occurs inside the building, apparently killing both Tadashi and Callaghan.
Weeks later, a depressed Hiro inadvertently activates Baymax again, who follows Hiro’s only remaining microbot to an abandoned warehouse. There, the two discover that someone has been mass-producing the microbots, and are attacked by a man wearing a Kabuki mask, who is controlling the bots. After they escape, Hiro equips Baymax with armor and a battle chip containing various karate moves, and they track the masked man to the docks. GoGo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred arrive, and the masked man chases the group. The six escape to Fred’s mansion, where they decide to form a superhero team to combat the man.
The group tracks the masked man, who they suspect to be Alistair Krei, president of Krei Tech, to an abandoned Krei Tech laboratory, which they find he was researching teleportation technology until a test pilot was lost in an accident. The masked man attacks, but the group manages to knock off his mask, revealing him to be Professor Callaghan, who had stolen Hiro’s microbots to shield himself from the explosion. Realizing that Tadashi had died for nothing, Hiro, enraged, removes Baymax’s personality chip, leaving only the battle chip, and orders him to kill Callaghan. Honey re-installs the healthcare chip at the last second, preventing Baymax from carrying out the kill order. Callaghan escapes, and Hiro, furious at his friends’ intervention, leaves. Back home, Hiro tries to remove the healthcare chip again, but Baymax prevents him, stating that vengeance is not what Tadashi would have wanted. To talk some sense into him, Baymax shows Hiro videos of Tadashi running numerous tests during Baymax’s development. A remorseful Hiro apologizes to Baymax. Hiro’s friends reveal that they have evidence of the accident at the abandoned laboratory.
The group discovers that Krei’s test pilot was Callaghan’s daughter Abigail, and that Callaghan is seeking revenge on Krei. Callaghan interrupts Krei at a public event and attempts to destroy his headquarters using Krei’s teleportation portal. The team saves Krei, but the portal remains active. Baymax detects Abigail inside, alive but in hyper-sleep, and leaps into the portal with Hiro to rescue her. They find Abigail’s pod, but Baymax is damaged by debris. Knowing that the portal will collapse, Baymax uses his armor’s rocket fist to propel Hiro and Abigail back through the portal, forcing them to leave him behind. Callaghan is arrested. Sometime later, Hiro discovers Baymax’s personality chip clenched in the rocket fist. He rebuilds Baymax and the six friends continue their exploits through the city, fulfilling Tadashi’s dream of helping those in need.
This was a pretty outstanding story, and since it’s based on something created by Man Of Action (Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle) and is animated by Disney that’s pretty much to be expected. The animation was top notch, the voice acting was outstanding, and the action scenes are great. The flying scene with Baymax and Hiro was just breathtaking, right up there with the Hiccup and Toothless. However, I will say the villain was very cliche, and pretty predictable, if Krei had more screentime or even made the head of the robotics program instead of Callaghan than the reveal would’ve been more surprising. Overall, despite the predictable villain, it’s a solid movie and is a great watch for everyone.
And despite not being a MCU movie, stay after the credits.
RANK: 5 out of 5
Thank you for following this year’s Marvel Month, come back next year when we look at our first film franchise. In the meantime, let’s get caught up on The Year of Star Trek