For the longest time, I thought that there would never be an animated film that would make me cry as much as I cried at the end of Toy Story 3.
And then I saw The LEGO Movie and I thought that I would never cry as much as I did when Will Ferrell acknowledged that he hadn’t been a very good father and that his son should be allowed to have fun while playing in the basement.
And then, way back in November, I saw Big Hero 6 and there was big, goofy-looking, kind-hearted Baymax asking, “Are you satisfied with my service?” and I sobbed and sobbed.
Baymax, of course, is a big, balloon-like robot that was specifically designed to provide medical care to the citizens of San Fransokyo. After his original creator, Tadashi Hamada, is killed in a mysterious explosion at the local university, Baymax becomes the property of Tadashi’s younger brother, Hiro. Hiro, naturally enough, designs some armor for Baymax and programs him to fight so that he can get revenge for his brother’s death…
And you know what?
The exact plot doesn’t really matter. What matters is that Baymax is probably one of the most memorable and kind-hearted non-human characters to ever appear in an animated film. Significantly, Baymax resists Hiro’s attempt to turn him into a killing machine, making Big Hero 6 into one of those rare films that ultimately celebrates peace over war.
It’s also an incredibly sweet film, one that earned every tear that I shed.
And, as a result, I was very satisfied.