Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 108 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 6+. The main character is an orphan, and another character dies in a fire; some violence, but no one is seriously hurt; and revenge (which would be fatal) is actively discouraged. Also some puberty-related humor, and a focus on science and technology that will go over the heads of younger children.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6’ updates the Marvel superhero team for a young audience with an unlikely robot protagonist and plenty of 3-D flying scenes. But the movie’s messages about grief, friendship, and personal responsibility will hopefully stick with audiences, too.
By Roxana Hadadi
Marvel and Disney are doing big things over the next five years with a number of movies slated to focus on Captain America, Thor, and the rest of The Avengers superhero team. But with “Big Hero 6,” the two gigantic entertainment companies are going for a younger audience while still maintaining similar comic-book themes: personal responsibility and the lure of revenge, the impact of scientific and technological advancement on society, and the transformational nature of grief. They’re weighty topics for a children’s movie, but end up being engrossing instead of overwhelming—and are buffered by scenes of flying robots in 3-D, of course.