In this scene Hiro and the students from the technical University are out to capture the man in the mask who has stolen the micro-bots, and killed his brother Tadashi. After an epic battle, the masked villain it is revealed to be professor Callahan, which is very unexpected and somewhat unexplained at this point because he has been depicted as a benevolent character until this point. Hiro and Callahan have this exchange in which Hiro blames Professor Callahan for the death of his brother while become very angry at the same time. In his livid state Hiro orders BAYMAX to destroy Prof. Callahan. The Healthcare robot’s response pretty blatantly demonstrates a major theme throughout this film, robotic ethics.
BAYMAX questions Hiro’s decision in his order to destroy Prof. Callahan as he is programmed to help humans. Once he is ordered to destroy the Professor, he immediately questions the decision bringing up a major internal conflict that Hiro has been presented earlier on in the film. Initially when Hiro presents his invention during the robotics convention, he is approaced by a robotics mogul following his presentation. The general sense of the scene is that the mogul, Mr. Krei, will use the micro-bots improperly, perhaps even maliciously as suggested by Professor Callahan. Ironically in the end it is the professor that ends up abusing the power of the micro-robots in order to exact his revenge on Krei industries, but as we find out is influenced by the emotions of losing his daughter.
Along with the Ethical questions that BH6 raises when it comes to robots and their proper use, there is also a motif of revenge. More specifically, there are two examples of revenge, and how that sense of revenge can cloud the judgement of people. Two very intelligent people in both Hiro and Callahan, have had moments where there anger and emotions have gotten in the way of the values. Ultimately Hiro and Callahan abuse the power of two different types of robots, influences by their anger. Hiro’s brother designed BAYMAX to help heal and help people that are injured. Hiro directly challenges the intitial design of BAYMAX when he orders the destruction of Callahan. It isn’t until the scene above that Hiro realizes that by using BAYMAX for anything other than what he was intended for is not only unethical but disrepectful to the memory of his brother, BAYMAX’s creator. Callahan on the other hand steals the micro-bots, influences by grief and anger, however his realization doesn’t come until much later, when he discovers his daughter is actually alive. In Callahans final scene he is being escorted into a police car, when he sees that his daughter is ok, a look of sadness comes over his face as he will most likely be able to see her again. I believe that this final image of Callahan symbolizes a major message conveyed in the movie, which is revenge is often not the answer.