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If you liked the movie you'll like the show
cosoisanono11 August 2018
Warning: Spoilers
I was hoping for a continuation of the movie, and when I found out we were getting one, I was beyond stoked. The animation looked bad in the promos I saw, but somehow the animation in the full show ended up somewhat fluid. It's not the best and its animation doesn't beat DuckTales or Gumball, but it's still passable. The characters are great and act just like they did in the movie. The new characters, like Karmi and Mrs. Granville are decent characters as well. Karmi is mean and arrogant, but what people dont seem to understand is that those qualities are part of her character and the writers made her like that on purpose. Think of Pacifica from Gravity Falls. She started as a cliche mean blonde girl, but ended up turning into a very likable character. Karmi will likely end up dropping most of her negative qualities as well, and become more of a helpful associate. However, a of these characters Paul in comparison to Obake. He is the main villain of the show who has plans to take down Big Hero 6. He has a mysterious past as he was shown to have gone to the same school Hiro and his friends go to (see episode "Small Hiro One"). The other villains, Globby and Noodle Burger Boy, are not that interesting, but they are good enough, and as the series continues to grow, I'm sure well get more likable villains (other than Obake). Cant wait to see where the series goes from here.
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For the fans of the movie
oqphier28 November 2017
Kids have to be realistic here, they can't expect the same animation quality for the series than the movie. Sure, the transition from the CGI of the film to the 2D animation of the series takes a little while to get used to but by the end it flows perfectly. And kids must understand appearance is not the only thing in a movie or a series. Big Hero 6 The Series feels like a sequel, the humor is there, the action is there, and most importantly the heart is there.
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A good time for sure!
jogre1726 March 2019
This show isn't perfect by any means, but definitely has a spark that kids will love! With it being a show on Disney XD it is definitely aiming much more to the kids than the adults, so that is something to remember when going into the show. Once you have that in mind, it will be easier to watch this show.

The series picks up right after the movie, and really does a good job with it. The series doesn't get as serious as the movie, but it's not trying to be. Many new interesting characters are introduced, while some others tend to be a little flat.

Those problems are small to none, but the series is for sure a good time once you get in touch with your inner child. I can't wait to see where this series goes.
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One of the best animated series I have ever seen
vemetovuf3 December 2018
Please looks through the downgraded animations (that's the one missing star). Although the budget for this series is clearly lower, the voice actors from the movie return and newcomers too are absolutely brilliant. Much more importantly, the overall plot of this arch will blow your mind. While the series itself relies on many tropes it acknowledges it does so and plays with them.

There is little I dislike about the series, it's original, clever and funny. I would even go as far as to say there is some great pedagogic value in this series, and watching it is a rather wholesome experience.

Give this series 3 episodes to prove itself to you. You won't regret it.
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An utter disappointment!
domonkos-horvath4 March 2018
One of the few animations I was hooked on almost immediately upon watching was Big Hero 6, but this serialized version is horrible. The drawing style is too simplistic, the animation is choppy like it was some flash game, some of the voice actors are different, but all of them sound weird when they speak... there is unfortunately nothing to like about this version of Big Hero 6, at best you can tolerate a couple things, so it's a complete disappointment.

You could argue that it looks like it does because of budget reasons, but more than 3 years passed since the movie and I don't think I need to go into great detail how much computer technology can progress in 3 years. Then there's Dreamworks Animation that creates very good serialized 3D animated cartoons (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Dragons: Riders of Berk / Defenders of Berk / Race to the Edge, etc.), so I don't understand why a megacorporation such as Disney can't do the same with a serialized sequel, so it appears more similar to its predecessor.
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This is terrible
Marcel Smid24 November 2017
The animation is crap, the movie was so beautiful, but this? This reminds me of the direct-to-video sequels Disney made in the late 80's and 90's. I can not stand it. Why has it has to look like an 70's cartoon drawn in a sweatshop. There is no need for it too look this bad. As you can see I am disappointed because I love the movie and well.....aaaargh!
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avidcritic1018 September 2019
When I found out this show was on air I was beyond delighted, I was ecstatic. I love watching the show as it is funny, adventurous and climatic. I hope this series will run for a long time and establish itself as a well loved child-hood show of the generation. The show warms my heart and you will find yourself loving it too.
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Despite Potential, Big Hero 6: The Series Fails
catsarecute-267235 June 2019
While Big Hero 6: The Series has some potential, with a handful of interesting villains (not all of them, but a handful) and a few intriguing ideas, it's clear the writers are more interested in making the cartoon look "cool" than incorporating any of the heart that made Big Hero 6 (2014) - or superhero stories in general - captivating. It appears season one did try to incorporate some heart in it, but not only did it fail in the end, season two doesn't even try at all. Disappointingly, this cartoon doesn't feel like Big Hero 6.

To sum it up:

The characters are somehow flatter than they were in the movie - 4/6 of the team are twice the archetypes than they were in 2014. Wasabi went from being keenly organized to an obsessed neatfreak, Gogo went from reserved and tough yet willing to comfort to angry, bitter, and the first to punch, Honey Lemon from sweet and a little quirky to the naïve, artsy, optimist, and Fred went from the funny, not-so-bright geek to the dumb, comic relief, rich kid who thinks of EVERYTHING in comic book terms and only comic terms. They are never expanded beyond these even more stereotypical archetypes, despite ample opportunity to do so. Baymax is also reduced to the damsel in distress more and more as the show goes on, and his relationship with Hiro is limited to him just standing next to him, shooting his rocket fist, or unwittingly cracking a joke. Hiro himself is the most similar to his movie counterpart, but there are moments he feels out of character, and unlike in the movie, the show character doesn't grow or change over the course of the series.

Other movie characters are either taken out of character from their movie counterparts for comic relief (Krei, Cass) or barely touched upon unless the plot demands it out of nowhere, only for the characters to be quickly forgotten (Callaghan, Tadashi).

All of the cartoon original characters are flat. Most of the villains only exist to provide conflict for the superhero plotlines and have no character beyond Monster of the Week. The few that do have potential to be flesh out characters are either quickly abandoned or quickly reduced to archetypes the next time they appear. Not only that, but most of them are written with comic relief as part of their (albeit flat) character foundations, which isn't good when their whole character is otherwise meant to be This Week's Villain. Other than the fact these guys are bad and Villains Must be Stopped, there's little motivation for the team to go after these guys.

One of the few non-villain original characters, and arguable the most interesting, has a personality that tends to flip flop depending on who's writing her. Professor Granville is presented as a tough but fair teacher who cares about her students and wants to keep them safe through limitations, but is also known to ignore blatant bullying, become a total fangirl that ignores red flags when someone she admires is around, and in season two it's clear she's become nothing more than an attempt at comic relief now that her role in the season one arc is done.

The show rarely introduces characters that are close to Hiro's age, but when it does, it has a strange of habit of them all being girls and - in one way or another - sets them up to be subversive love interests.

Trina and Megan are introduced with romantic interest in mind, Trina and Hiro being shown as mutually attracted to each other, and Megan and Hiro being set up on a date together. Both, however, go nowhere as Trina is revealed to be a villain (and that's where her characterization halts) and Megan becomes a side/minor character who is just be a friend.

The third character is often implied to be Hiro's real love interest, fellow teen SFIT student Karmi. She's concerning, however, as her character frequently bullies Hiro for getting into college at a slightly age than her, and her behavior is always ignored by other characters - including Granville and the rest of the team. They only start paying attention when Hiro, who originally wanted to be friends with Karmi, buckles down under her bullying and starts to retaliate; however, Karmi is still never punished for her behavior, while everyone admonishes Hiro, despite him never going as far as she does. Her behavior continues to be ignored, and she's even praised and put on a pedestal by the rest of the team as the show goes on.

Bullies aren't new to children's media and enemies-to-lovers isn't an uncommon trope, but the fact Karmi and Hiro are being presented this way - a bully who gets away with her actions and a victim who is constantly blamed for them and ignored - is concerning for a Disney show. The fact that they'll be love interests makes me queasy, and this portrayal of bullying is the reason no children in my family are ever going to be allowed to watch this show. I don't want them to learn that this is how you handle bullying (by praising bullies, ignoring their behavior, and victim blaming).

Still, it's strange that the only times young teens are introduced with the implication they'll become part of Hiro's inner circle, they're always girls put in a romantic light that's either shut down, turned into a side/minor character, and/or involves blatant antagonism. Why? Why bother with young teens or romance at all if this is the way you're ALWAYS going to handle them?

The show also attempts to put morals in several episodes, but these morals are either almost entirely pushed aside and never dwelled on (privacy in "Muirahara Woods"), confusing and don't make sense (Hiro's so-called struggles in class in "Failure Mode"), or are twisted around to say the opposite of what was originally intended (lying in "Lie Detector").

There is potential in the show, good moments and ideas that could have been developed further, but the problem is, they're never developed further. The show isn't interested in emotion, relationships, or growth like the movie was. Despite a few attempts, everything gets thrown out the window at the first chance, because upgrades and action scenes are cooler and more important than the audience's emotional investment in whatever story is being told this week (or overarchingly).

Overall, it's not a good show and doesn't live up to the movie in the slightest.
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Baymax is back unfortunately
trebordjackson1 December 2018
The movie was average but thus show feels like a watered down boring version of the movie. The jokes are terrible and it's so cliche. The animation is very stiff and unexpressive it's very obviously digital puppets rigged in toon boon. This show should have been hand drawn and should have better jokes.
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Don't expect too much from this show
FairlyAnonymous13 October 2018
Big Hero 6 was originally going to be a movie about Hiro and his friends taking on crime syndicates and hunting down criminals who were also prodigies in their own ways (a lot of this can be seen in Art of Big Hero 6). They changed the movie's plot to be much more linear and focused, as having to introduce our protagonist as well as multiple villains wouldn't work within a 90 minute run time. So upon hearing that there would be a series, I was curious if they would go back to their original idea: Big Hero 6 vs other robot criminals, stopping crime, doing detective work, and other fun stuff like that, as well as hopefully fleshing out the B-list characters who weren't really relevant to the movie's story.

Unfortunately, this show does not do this and it never really utilizes what it has. Big Hero 6 ended with them being crime fighters, but this show makes it seem like crime fighting is more of a chore than an actual thing they do. What makes this even more frustrating is that they don't really fight any criminals who have separate agendas. Everyone they fight seems to more or less tied to the same person instead of there being multiple rivals or issues going on.

In terms of plot, there is an overarching story of sorts, but it seems to be taking a lot of storybeats from Teen Titans (2004). The main villain is quite literally Slade and Brother Blood combined into one character (though maybe this changes later on as I have only seen the first released chunk of the series).

The show also suffers from some pretty obnoxious dialogue. For some reason or another, Fred has a very large amount of screen-time and dialogue when compared to the other characters and most of what he says just "nerdy jokes". How he is handled in this show will only make you dislike the character to a higher degree.

To be fair, this show is obviously aimed towards younger audiences and isn't trying to be super sophisticated, complex, or original, but it just lacks any real reason to watch other than for seeing the characters from the movie do stuff... and not very interesting stuff at that.
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