A couple hours ago, I sat through Frozen -- kind of. More like squirmed through Frozen. Most of it I had to fast forward through, it was so god-awful. But this film, Big Hero 6, is spectacular. Interesting that both come from John Lasseter. In the case of Frozen, it was an utter failure, beginning to end. In the case of Big Hero 6, it was an unparalleled success. I was tempted to give it 5 stars, but I only ever do that for films that are unquestionably perfect, the films such as Citizen Kane, the Exorcist, and so forth. Since this film has its minor defects (very minor) I can't in all honesty give it 5 stars. But for me, 4 stars is still an exceptionally high grade.
There's one detail about Big Hero 6 that just about floored me: the directors are THE SAME as for Frozen! Yes. The same directors! What? How could this be? Simple. In the case of Frozen, the story was utter garbage. In the case of Big Hero 6, the story was wonderful. In one case, the characters were flat, derivative, uninspired. In the other case, they were fleshed out, as original as can be expected in such movies, and so inspired that you believe every word they say. It just proves the fact that the foundation for any film is 1) story 2) story 3) story. Without a dynamite story, your movie is going nowhere.
In the case of Big Hero 6, the story is great. I didn't figure out who the "villain" was. I thought it was another character. I won't give away the surprise; I'll let you discover it yourself. But I can say that the story is well-crafted enough to keep you guessing until the end.
The characters, especially Baymax, are wonderful. There's something very odd that happens with well-crafted animated films. I've noticed this, especially with Lasseter's films. While you're watching the film, and you know full well that you're just watching lots of one's and zero's forming a moving "painting" before your eyes, you are still pulled in to the story completely; you come to believe the characters are living breathing people and the events happening to them are real and important. And when their lives or even their well-being is threatened, you believe it entirely. That's the sign of an exceptionally well-crafted work of art. Art MUST pull you in to its world, whether it be the "real" world or a fantasy world. It must pull you in and make you believe every second. Big Hero 6 accomplishes this magic from beginning to end. It is truly a wonderful film.
I just rented it tonight. But I'm now saving my pennies so that next month, I can purchase a copy. I think I'll be watching this film many times. Can't say that about most films. Highly recommended.