This scene focuses on Hiro’s presentation at the robot exhibition in which he showcases his micro-bots in the hopes of getting into the school. This scene may seem ordinary and just a part of the plot line but when read closely you can see how this foreshadows to the Big Hero 6 team. When Hiro says “This is a micro-bot. It may not look like much but when it links up with the rest of its pals (garbage bins fall over letting all the micro-bots flow forward to unite onstage) things get a little more interesting”. This alludes to how as one individual they are unsuccessful but together they are stronger. As individuals, each member can be read as small, weak, and easy to defeat. You can see that they are a weak team in their first battle against Callahan. Each person approaches Callahan with the goal of getting the transmitter from his head, yet each walk away defeated. They approach the situation without a plan and mainly act on impulse, which seems ironic because they all are brainiacs who think things through, with the slight exception of Fred. Below you can see how unattached they are and how hard it is for them to accomplish their goal of defeating Callahan. Wasabi is asking what to do, while Fred, Honey Lemon, and Go Go just act. An overall confusion is seen in the battle. The disconnect felt is also shown with the micro-bots especially when Hiro uses a singular micro-bot to find the others. The micro-bot is so drawn to the others that it is restless to become connected with its equals, it becomes a need that must be fulfilled. A point that flows into the Big Hero 6 team.
It is later on, in the final battle that we see the team become one unit. The line in which Hiro says “I think what they want them to do and they do it” relates to the final battle scene in which Hiro is the one that comes up with the plan. Hiro seems to be the one who brings the team together and helps them to think outside the box. The fluidity of the team’s actions show how they are more in sync with each other, instead of tripping over each other as they did before. They have acquired one mind, which arguably is Hiro’s, and acts upon it together.He says that “the only limit is your imagination”, which can be looked upon as nothing can stop the micro-bots as long as they are together, anything is possible.
The dark, dimly lit setting of the first battle pretty much foreshadows the impending defeat that will happen. It has an non-clarity and confusion about it that reflects the tone of the situation. While, the final battle takes place in the sunlight, which represents hope and victory. The sunlight shows a more clear mindset of the team in which they have a focus on the task of beating Callahan. The music of the first battle plays to every emotion of the scene from the funny moments to the defeat by using a more light melody and switching to a lower more pounding sound that emanates doom.
These scenes are similar to many superhero movies in which the team initial fails because they act as individuals instead of as one. The idea of teamwork is an element that shows that superheros are not unbeatable by themselves but with others.