Big Hero 6 is the Disney adaptation of the Marvel comic and is a delightfully engaging story for kids of all ages. One of the main themes include coping with grief and loss due to the tragic death of Hiro’s brother at the beginning of the movie. This theme, along with some intense encounters with the movie’s villain may make it difficult for very young children to watch. There is a very positive overall message, and Baymax, the robot designed to heal and not hurt provides a strong influence on the characters for good. There are a lot of great themes to discuss and learn presented in this well done movie.
Which of the characters did you like best? Why?
Which of the characters did you like least? Why?
What feelings did you experience in this movie?
One of the main characters of this movie is the robot, Baymax that Tadashi created. What do you think of him? Describe the robot you would create. What would it look like? What would it do?
The group of friends get to work creating their ‘superhero’ abilities. What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it?
Hiro looks up to his big brother Tadashi. How does Tadashi influence him, even after he is no longer with Hiro?
At the end of the movie Hiro says, “We didn’t set out to be superheroes. But sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned. The good thing is, my brother wanted to help a lot of people and that’s what we’re gonna do. Who are we?” Is this a good ending? What do you think Hiro means?
Other themes to discuss: grief and loss, teamwork, courage, empathy, family and friendship.