A full-length trailer for the upcoming Disney animated feature, Big Hero 6, has just been released and from the hype and reception from fans, it seems the film may have potential to be the next Frozen. As the highest-grossing animated feature in history, Frozen captivated the hearts of millions around the world with its memorable music and heartwarming themes. Big Hero 6 will not feature all of the glitzy musicality of Frozen, but it is destined to similarly pull at audiences’ heartstrings.
Big Hero 6 is loosely based on a series of comics of the same name. The film is Disney’s first attempt at recreating a classic Marvel comic in their own image since the company bought the rights to Marvel in 2009. The film will entice a wider range of viewers than the average Disney film, due to the fact that die-hard Marvel comic fanatics will be interested to see how Big Hero 6 plays out in the world of Disney.
The story is based in the fictional city of San Fransokyo, a hybrid of San Francisco and Tokyo, and is set far ahead in the future. The film’s main protagonist is a young boy named Hiro who is left with an oversized balloon-like robot figure that his brother was able to create before his untimely death. Hiro’s brother had only one goal of helping others and Hiro feels a necessary responsibility to carry on what his brother began. Hiro befriends the creation of his brother’s, named Baymax, and together they form an unlikely friendship that is likely to strike an emotional chord in anyone who has ever had a best friend.
The recently released trailer features the bright-colored animation of Frozen and Wreck-It-Ralph, but the tone that is set is significantly darker and more adult than past Disney titles. While the film definitely has light-hearted tones and comedic relief that make it family friendly, it is in no way kiddish, which opens up the target audience to all ages and backgrounds. There is a great amount of emotional depth within the two-and-a-half minute trailer that will, undoubtably, draw in a large fan base that will cherish the Big Hero 6 characters similar to the way Anna and Elsa the Snow Queen are cherished.
A large factor in Frozen’s major success was its ability to create an emotional statement to a wide variety of viewers. Through musicality, it is much easier to well up to the lyrics of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” or to feel a sense of empowerment through the mega-hit “Let It Go”, but what has been discussed about Frozen more than anything else, is the strong emotional attachments the characters developed with each other, a new type of development that had not been seen in previous Disney films. By simply watching the latest trailer of Big Hero 6, one can anticipate that film will receive similar praise.
Big Hero 6 may or may not be the next Frozen in a matter of breaking box-office records, but it will share the same emotional effects that will get an audience talking about it. As the hype for Big Hero 6 continues to grow, viewers will be able to see the film in its entirety when it opens on November 7, 2014. The newest trailer for Big Hero 6 can be viewed below.
By Cody Collier