Birdman was a deliciously subversive flight of fantasy. Grand Budapest Hotel made me want to pack a bag and escape for a mini break inside Wes Anderson’s head.
But one of my favourite moments of Oscars 2015 was when Big Hero 6 won the award for Best Animated Movie.
We were lucky enough to attend the UK gala premiere of Big Hero 6 last month, where we had a squishy hug with Baymax, the main man (well, blow-up robot) of the film and took home Baymax balloons to play with.
Unlike your typical angular droid, Baymax looks more like the Michelin man and the Pilsbury doughboy’s second cousin removed.
Before we meet Baymax in the movie, we get to know the humans at the centre of the story. Hiro is a child prodigy in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo, whose equally gifted brother Tadashi builds Baymax as a personal healthcare assistant.
Of course this being Disney, the father figure (Tadashi) croaks it and soon Hiro learns his death wasn’t all it seemed. It’s up to Hiro to transform Baymax from huggable marshmallow into a not-so-lean, mean fighting machine. With the help of Tadashi’s nerdy friends, they go after the bad guy and try to rescue the city from certain destruction.
Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic but I didn’t know anything about its background and it was truly fun watching the world of what’s certain to become a new action hero franchise unfold.
I absolutely loved this movie — possibly even more than the babes although Ezra said it was ‘way better than Frozen’. I couldn’t stop giggling at all the jokes (‘yeah Mum, we heard you!’) and I was genuinely moved by the more poignant moments. Like Baymax, it’s a warm, funny and soft-hearted film that kicks some serious attitude.
Big Hero 6 had been sitting very comfortably at number 1 on the UK box office before that Mr Grey movie came out, and I hope the Oscar win nudges its plump behind back to the top.
Big Hero 6 is playing in cinemas across the UK and released on February 24 on Disney Movies Anywhere