Being A Team- Big Hero 6

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.


5 thoughts on “Being A Team- Big Hero 6

  1. I really liked how you mentioned the foreshadowing from earlier in the movie. It wasn’t something I had taken notice of. I think it’s also really great that you brought up the music and lighting effects during specific parts of the movie. While comics can depict certain emotions through facial expressions and books can convey emotions through language, I don’t think either medium can truly capture emotion the way a movie can. Between the effective use of lighting, music, and dynamic facial expression and movement – as opposed to the static expressions in comics – viewers can become more fully invested in the story. The creators are often able to better convey what they want to in more effective ways and you gave some great examples of that.


  2. I really liked your analysis about the microbots and their composition as a team, especially how since if one microbot or a member of a team does not stick to the plan, everything (literally) collapses and the intended mission fails. The fluidity of the microbots resembles the fluidity of the members actions and their actions as a team, since they are all following one mind, which like you mentioned before, is arguably Hiro’s. When Hiro’s plan goes against the mindset of the rest of the team members, everything collapses, like how the microbot structure would, and the mission was essentially impaired.
    I also really liked how these “superheroes” were all just regular people who had a similar goal that fought together after long hard practices. It reminded me of how in real life, each person in an workplace has their own “job” or “duty” ( equivalent to super power) and he/she works with other people to form a large team that works together to fix a problem.


  3. I really enjoyed this blog post, I liked how you incorporated the movie scenes into the post. I also really found it cool how you commented on the lights and music. Those normally go unnoticed, but i guess thats how to “close read” a movie. Looking into every detail and sound. The foreshadowing was great as well, it was something i didn’t pick up on myself.


  4. You mentioned the learning-to-work-as-a-team narrative that is present in many team superhero stories, and foreshadowed by the way the microbots work together at the start of the movie. The film brings in a number of superhero tropes–the hero blinded by revenge, and the ultimate conclusion that revenge is not just nor right; the origin story, which receives an explicit call-out in the script; the masked super-villain; down to tiny details like the shot of Wasabi cutting a circle through a metal door with his laser weapons, a shot whose cinematic ubiquity is highlighted by the comical difficulty he has completing the cut.

    The film strictly adheres in many ways to the traditional superhero narrative, which make the differences particularly interesting. Chief among these is Baymax, a hero whose primary motivation is not to serve justice, or to be heroic, or to exact revenge; as may be the case in many hero stories; but to heal. This takes things a step further than the classic heroes who always turn over villains to the law; Baymax is concerned not only with societal healing, but interpersonal healing as well–even the healing of the man who tried to destroy him and his team.


  5. I have seen this movie several times and never before I have I noticed that very small hint of foreshadowing you mentioned. There are many typical stereotypes of super hero teams all throughout this movie and it is expected that they would begin this fight based off of a reason like revenge for Hiro’s brother. I really also enjoyed your comment about the lighting effects and the music, it’s things like that in cinematic modems that truly highlight the mood in the movie and set the audience up to feel the same way as the characters do. It truly allows the audience to become part of the movie and o feel that Big Hero 6 does a very good job of that.


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