I might be late to the party since Big Hero 6: The Series premiered on Disney XD back in 2018, but this is definitely a series worth reviewing
For those of you who don’t know, I am a HUGE Big Hero 6 fan. I will even go as far to say I like that movie better than Disney‘s Frozen, but hey, I’m a full-fledged adult, what do I know, right?
Big Hero 6 is a movie about Hiro, a young genius who would rather use his scientific smarts on bot fighting. He follows in the footsteps of his older brother, Tadashi, by gaining early entrance into what he calls “Nerd School” (officially known as San Fransokyo Institute of Technology). A tragic accident at the school takes Tadashi’s life and along with it, Hiro’s motivation to attend that school.
During his depression funk, Hiro discovers Tadashi’s school project, an inflatable ‘nurse’ robot known as Baymax. While at first being hesitant to interact with Baymax, he soon sees the value with having him, along with Tadashi’s friends, in his life.
Together, Hiro, Go-Go, Honey Lemon, Wasabi, Fred and Baymax kick butt and save the lives of everyone in San Fransokyo from Professor Callahan.
Big Hero 6: The Series begins where the movie leaves off, with Hiro reminiscing while watching a video of the late Tadashi teaching him to ride a bike *queue tears*
I was worried for a bit that they might try to bring Tadashi back and pretend the fire never happened. But luckily, the writers decided to not go down that rabbit hole.
‘Big Hero 6: The Series’ Episode List
In season 1, there are 25 episodes. I’d say that is a good number of episodes to binge over a weekend. The episode titles are hilarious. Some good ones are “Fred’s Bro-Tillion”, “Big Hero 7” and “Streamer’s Revenge.” It really sets it up for the humor of the show. The seasons’ finale “Countdown to Catastrophe” is a three-part episode. And let’s just say, it’s got some surprises in store for you. Throughout the entire show, you won’t be disappointed. There are some really great moments in these episodes and overall themes that line up with the movie perfectly. Let’s dive in and explore those.
Block-y and Blush-y Animation
I gotta give it to the animators of Big Hero 6: The Series. They were able to keep the same look and feel of the movie while going with their more “blocky” drawings that are similar to other Disney XD cartoons like DuckTales
The only drawback is that this animation style takes away a lot of detail. For example, Wasabi’s dreadlocks look more like a less pointy Goku hairstyle. But hey, we can’t have everything.
Fred Is The Hero We All Need
Fred has got to be my favorite character, both in this series and in the movie. He brings a comedic flair that makes you look forward to each new episode.
It totally helps knowing who Fred’s dad is, however.
Stan Lee Was Here
We all remember the Stan Lee cameo in the Big Hero 6 movie. In the end credits scene, it is revealed that Stan Lee is actually Fred’s dad. They share a heartfelt moment when he showed his son how to get the most out of his underwear. I mean, it was a little gross, but still cute.
If you’re still sad and underwhelmed from seeing Stan Lee’s final appearance in Avengers: Endgame, you will be pleased to know that Stan Lee also lent his voice to Big Hero 6: The Series. It’s not just a one-liner either. It will make you smile at getting the chance to hear Stan Lee one more time.
As I stated earlier, I was happy that they didn’t ignore Tadashi’s death in the movie and bring him back for the series. It made it a more realistic storyline.
There are moments where Tadashi is brought up, which adds to making it more real. I mean, Hiro lost his brother to a tragic accident, there would be no way to just move on and never mention him again. So I appreciate Disney XD for this.
We Can Sing Immortals
I, admittedly, and a huge Fall Out Boy fan. So when I heard “Immortals” on the movie’s soundtrack, I immediately fell in love with it. Big Hero 6: The Series still keeps the upbeat melody of this song with the theme song that plays at the beginning of each episode. There are no words to the theme song, but it definitely got me hyped up each time I heard it. Plus the clips from each episode made me smile. Baymax as an Inflatable Waving Arm Tube man gives me a good chuckle.
The Wasabi We All Know And Love
Wasabi, voiced by Khary Payton who does the voice of Cyborg in Teen Titans GO!, is another one of my favorite characters. From the movie to the series, Wasabi remained a lovable college student who specializes in lasers and is pretty fearful of heights. He is still also very VERY organized when it comes to his lab equipment.
We are used to seeing Wasabi cower and any small signal of danger. But there are some great moments in the movie that he shows courage. And it is a little heartwarming to see.
My Favorite ‘Big Hero 6: The Series’ Villain
There are plenty of villains to admire in the Disney/Marvel-verse. You’ve got anyone from Ursula in The Little Mermaid to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame that will rock your villain-loving world.
No villain will have you laughing harder than Noodle Burger Boy.
One thing about the Big Hero 6 franchise is that each of their villains has depth. In the movie, all Professor Callahan wanted was to save his daughter. Big Hero 6: The Series has no shortage of villain backstories that pull at the heartstrings.
Noodle Burger Boy isn’t a heartfelt story, but he will have you in stitches.
I don’t want to give anything away, but with a name like Noodle Burger Boy, you can see why I’m making him one of my top villains
Does This Series Save The Day?
I highly recommend you give this series a shot. It hilarious and has a great plot. Kids and adults alike will love it. I’m looking forward to season 2;)
Have you seen the first season of Big Hero 6: The Series? If not, do you think you’ll head over to Disney XD and give it a shot? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.