• Disney’s Big Hero 6 wins PTC Seal of Approval

    by  • November 10, 2014 • Family Friendly, Movies, PTC Seal of Approval • 0 Comments

    Filled with excitement, action, humor, positive family values, and genuine moral lessons, the Parents Television Council is delighted to award Disney’s Big Hero 6 with the PTC Seal of Approval®. The PTC recommends this movie for all viewers over age five.Big Hero 6

    Fourteen-year-old Hiro is a genius. He’s also a slacker. Finished with high school at age 13, Hiro is a brilliant designer and builder of robots; but while his equally brilliant older brother Tadashi urges him to attend college, Hiro prefers to waste his talents playing “robot fighting” games…until he visits the college and meets Robert Callahan, the man who made robotics a reality. Hiro signs up for college, but tragedy strikes when a fire kills both Tadashi and Prof. Callahan. Then Hiro discovers his dead brother’s secret project: a balloon-like medical robot named Baymax, who is programmed to help anyone in distress. After learning that the fire was not an accident, but was caused by a villain who also stole Hiro’s robot designs, Hiro programs Baymax to be a fighter and uses the school’s advanced technology to turn his brother’s college buddies Fred, Wasabi, Honey, and Go Go into a crime-fighting super-hero group: the Big Hero 6!

    Big Hero 6 is a delightful animated movie perfect for families and kids, packed with excitement, action, and humor, but also with genuine emotion, character growth, heart, and morality. When he learns that Tadashi didn’t die by accident but was killed, Hiro is filled with rage, wanting to kill the villain in return. He even goes so far as to reprogram Baymax, turning the gentle, loving healer into a deadly killer. When Hiro’s friends refuse to join him in his vendetta, and Baymax points out that Hiro has forced him to violate his own most deeply-held beliefs, Hiro is deeply ashamed, and learns that vengeance is not justice, and brings no satisfaction. Through Baymax and the 6, Hiro also comes to know the importance of friendship, self-sacrifice, and love.

     

    There is no content to concern parents in Big Hero 6. Tadashi’s death is not explicitly shown; he is seen running into a burning building to help others, the building explodes, and the scene shifts to Tadashi’s funeral. Along with explosions, there are large amounts of super-hero style action, with ray guns blasting and characters leaping, flying, and evading the villain’s “microbots,” millions of tiny robots the size of pencil shavings which can surround and overwhelm (but not kill) their opponents. While the movie is filled with non-stop cartoon action, no guns are used, no one comes to harm, and there is little real “violence” as such. There’s also a fair amount of slapstick humor, with characters slipping and falling down, and especially surrounding Baymax’s balloon-like body, which has trouble squeezing in tight spaces. Fred makes a few mildly crude remarks about his own hygiene and underwear-wearing habits.

    Filled with excitement, action, humor, positive family values and a genuine moral, the Parents Television Council is delighted to award Big Hero 6 with the PTC Seal of Approval®. The PTC recommends this movie for all viewers over age five.

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    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

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