Reason: Return to the amazing city of San Francisco, where the gracious, inflatable, incomparable health companion, Baymax, sets out to do what he was programmed to do: help others.
Review: Back in 2014, Disney released their first (and only, to date) animated Marvel movie. Big Hero 6 was not affiliated with the MCU and offered a mix of superhero jokes with Disney’s trademark style of family-friendly action and seemed like an obvious franchise started. But almost a decade later, we’re getting a follow-up right now in the form of the new Disney + animated series, Baymax !. Focused on the lavish and cute robot buddy, Baymax! is a casual semi-sequel that scales down the comic book action in favor of an optimistic and overwhelming saccharine series that does not take advantage of what did Big Hero 6 and instead goes the easy way with cash.
Baymax! consists of episodes, each lasting less than ten minutes. Equivalent to Up spin off dug days and Toy Story 4 spin off Forky asks a question, this series is directly aimed at younger viewers. Bringing Scott Adsit back as the titular character, Baymax! takes place after Hiro Hamadas and his friends’ superheroes who defeated the villain Robert Callaghan and saved SanFransokyo from destruction. Why Ryan Potter and Maya Rudolph Repeat Their Roles as Hiro and his Aunt Cass, most of these stories center on new characters that simply exist for the independent story of that episode.
Each episode begins with a character experiencing a physical problem that causes Baymax to get started to help. By taking the robot back to the cause of his creation, Baymax uses the skills programmed in his memory to solve the various problems, some of which go beyond physical ailments and also to emotional and mental symptoms. Early sections deal with concepts that will be easy for even the youngest viewer to interact with, while also providing great ideas for even adults to implement. The animation, which is on par with Disney feature films, sometimes feels superior to the narrative content on the screen. Basically, this looks far better than it deserves.
The episodes improve as the series progresses, and eventually it all comes together in the final episode. The final chapter essentially reveals that this series is an hour-long movie, which makes the episodic format a little strange. Taken as a whole, the series is overwhelming despite taking some risks with a few episodes. While the second half of the season shows some mild action sequences, the focus in the third episode is likely to cause a bit of a stir among some viewers, as it focuses on Baymax helping a teenage girl when she experiences her first period. The topic is handled correctly and it is a fine episode that should resonate with many viewers, but I expect parents who do not show this series until they show their younger children may be a little surprised by the topic. The fourth episode also features a character asking another character out on a date of the same sex, which will rank some, even if it does not appear to be forced in any way.
Directed by Dan Abraham, Mark Kennedy, Dean Wellins and Lissa TreimanBaymax! had the potential to become a longer-form story similar to Monsters Inc. spin off Monsters at work. The animation is solid, the music good, and the voice acting is well done. As it turns out, it feels like a way to milk the viewers instead of releasing stronger material to release this series as six episodes, where each clock in at a paltry ten minutes or less. Each episode also comes with a post-credit sequence that can make many people miss the connective tissue between each chapter, but since everyone expects everything to have a post-credit sequence these days, Disney might be knocking, that people stay through the credits both ways.
Ultimately harmless, Baymax! feels like a missed opportunity to do something with the foundation laid Big Hero 6. It is at best a sweet series that can be described as beautiful and not so much anything else. None of the episodes are long enough to warrant any significant attention, but are the right length for even the most attention-grabbing children to enjoy. There’s a positive lesson at the end of each episode, and the animation is wonderfully vivid, but it just does not feel like the time and effort taken to make these episodes resulted in something that people would be happy with. to check out. I hope that Baymax! at least encourages people to visit again Big Hero 6 and perhaps encourage Disney to finally make a sequel.
Baymax! Series premieres June 29 at Disney +.