Top 11 Disney Villains

For some of us, Disney movies are our introduction to the wonderful world of Cinema. Because of this, the villains in Disney movies may be the first villains we ever experience. They frighten us, make us cry, and possibly scar us for the rest of our childhoods (I’m looking at you, Ursula!). For me, Disney villains were a perfect hybrid of horror and awesomeness. Disney movies weren’t good unless the villain was.

If you had asked me my favorite villains as a kid, my list would have been completely different. I probably would have gone on which ones scared me the most, but that, in some ways, isn’t fair. Sure… it’s important in a disney movie for a villain to be “scary.” But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned there’re different kinds of scary.

My top ten Disney Villains were extremely difficult to come up with. In the end, I weighed a few different things to determine who should be on my list. 1) just how scary are they? 2) I took their overall plans into account. How diabolical are they? 3) Did they actually succeed? I think villains are scarier if they actually succeed at stuff and for a while we can see their vision, and 4) Their personalities: Do they have a moral compass, regret, etc?

** I must also mention these might not be my favorite Disney villains. Hades, Gaston, and Yzma get no love on this list… **

Honorable Mention #1: Hans from Frozen (2013)

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Ok, so go with me on this. Hans doesn’t seem that evil the entire movie. In fact, we think he’s a good guy. But once he’s revealed as the real “villain,” his actions become clear. He had an entire plan to essentially get rid of two sisters and rule Arrendale for himself. Things go awry when Elsa goes all ice crazy, and he’s left to tweak his plans. This guy is nothing but slimy and incredibly able to go with the flow. So why doesn’t he make my actual list? Because despite the fact he was willing to kill 2 sisters to gain power, I honestly don’t think he would have ruled Arrendale as an evil King. He probably would have been good at it. He probably would have actually cared about the people. For that, Hans isn’t as evil as he seems.

11) Shere Khan from The Jungle Book

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Everyone can admit it: Tigers are bad-ass. They’re one of my favorite animals, but that’s beside the point. When The Jungle Book was written, Tigers had a stigma, which i’m sure still exists in India. They were man-eating horrible, villainous creatures. Shere Khan is the fears of the people embodied in a single character. Yes, it’s true we don’t see him for most of the movie. That doesn’t matter. His name is mentioned throughout, as is what he will do to Mowgli if he finds him. We understand by the time the tiger shows up exactly what his personality is like. He’s ruthless, has a seemingly blind hatred of man, and wants nothing more than to get rid of them. And if killing one boy can help bring him closer to that goal, he will do it. There’s also something about the tiger and how he handles himself. He’s confident and smooth, calm but demeaning. He exudes this feeling of uneasiness. He’s not in the movie long, and yes, he’s only trying to kill one boy, but he’s done it before, and possibly worse. If anything, it’s his demeanor and his past actions that have gotten him this reputation, and those are the same things that have gotten him on this list.

10) Shan Yu from Mulan

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This is possibly the only Disney villain that frightens with actions instead of words. I think this guy utters a total of 20 lines in the entirety of the film. I have to be honest: when this movie came out, I thought this was a horrible villain. He wasn’t scary, you barely saw him, and he seemed easy to beat. Then I grew up and understood just how awful this villain really is. This guy gets on my list because of his plan (and to a lesser extent his quiet confidence, much like Shere Khan). This is a guy who is invading China and KILLING everyone who gets in the way. Entire villages are flattened. Children are killed with no remorse. This guy wants to rule, will stop at nothing to get it, and wants to take out the emperor with a huge audience just to show how frightening he can be. He was in the movie a perfect amount to convey what he wants. He puts his scariness into actions, not words. That, in some ways, is better than a villain who talks a ton. Plus he survives an avalanche.

9) Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

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In a movie where the titular character has the least lines of any Disney protagonist ever, the villain sure makes up for it. Other than the fairies, Maleficent really is the focus of this film. While it’s true we don’t quite know her backstory (and I don’t count the shitty live action movie and you shouldn’t either!), this is a villain that is just fun to watch because we know something had to have happened to make her the way she is. While my last two villains have been quiet but scary, Maleficent is just flat out scary! Her character design, her residence, her confidence, the fact she turns into a freaking dragon! This woman is someone you don’t want to mess with. Her plan seems like one of revenge, and go figure, it actually works! It’s only the fairies that saved it from killing Aurora in the first place. Otherwise she would have won! Every scene with her is memorable, and she is honestly the only reason I can stand this movie. (plus that scene in her castle with her minions dancing around the fire? how did I NOT get nightmares from that??). Maleficent. Is. Awesome.

8) King Candy/Turbo from Wreck-it Ralph

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Oh trust me, he’s evil

Alright, I can hear the sighs now. “Really?? How is this guy on your top 10?” But seriously, hear me out. I didn’t even mention that this guy was the villain in my review of Wreck-it Ralph, because it is one of the movie’s biggest twists. Turbo was in a racing game that was popular, and once he wasn’t he grew jealous and started showing up in other games. His game got unplugged, and instead of dying with his game, he infiltrated another one and literally re-wrote it so that he would always come out on top. He took the characters lives, changed them and erased their memories. He exiled the original ruler of Sugar rush to believe she was a mistake. He has all these rules in place to make sure that he will always stay ruler. And the whole time he acts like he’s got everyone’s best interests in his heart. But he doesn’t. He’s selfish and sneakily evil. And sometimes that’s worse than just flat out evil. At least in my opinion.

7) Cruela DeVil from 101 Dalmatians

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I can’t have a villain list without Cruela on it. No, she’s not planning on taking over a country or a world (real or virtual). She’s not seeking revenge for a wrong-doing or something that happened in her past. She’s not jealous. But all those reasons are what make her so scary. This woman is evil just for the sake of it, and it’s like she doesn’t even realize or care. In her mind, she thinks that taking PUPPIES and SKINNING them is perfectly acceptable. She thinks kidnapping them is normal. This movie and this villain capitalizes on our moral compasses by creating a character that acts exactly the opposite. She grows more and more unstable as the movie progresses, at the end just seeming absolutely bonkers. While the rest of us are saying “they’re just dogs, get over it!” she’s believing this is the worst thing that is happening in her life. Her character design is brilliant, and she’s just…. crazy.

6)  Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective

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Alright, I admit it. This one may be a personal choice. I LOVE Ratigan, but I’m gonna try to justify my decision. We have a villain with a diabolical plan: he wants to take over the world. Nevermind he’s a rat (er.. mouse…). Why can’t he take over the world? That’s a pretty big order, but Ratigan is smart enough that you can see him accomplishing his goal. He’s not just some run of the mill dumb villain. He’s calm and collected in the face of adversity (for the most part). He really is a mastermind that has everything laid out in front of him. He’s not afraid to kill anyone, and does numerous times in the movie. Not only does he kill them, he allows them to get tortured and mutilated by his cat, Felicia. He also tortures Basil and kidnaps the toymaker. He ALSO goes bat-shit crazy at the end of the movie, proving to everyone that even those that are calm and collected can break when things don’t go their way. He’s an great villain.

5) Dr. Facilier/the Shadowman from The Princess and the Frog

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I feel like a lot of people pass this movie over, and with it they pass over a really great villain. I prefer to call him the Shadowman, because it sounds cooler. This villain has a lot going for him. His diabolical plan (like so many in the Disney-verse) is to take over the city of New Orleans, but he also wants to release all the evil spirits to help him. And this is why the Shadowman is a little bit above the others in my list: he deals with Voodoo evil spirits. It’s a whole level that I really think works for this guy. Because in all honesty, The Shadowman is a little… well… let’s just say we don’t get the feeling he’s a smart guy. It’s only his dealings with the spirits that really turn him into a legit villain. But he’s willing to sell his own soul to get what he wants. He’s willing to kidnap and even kill a prince. He has one of the best songs we’ve seen in a while (one that legitimately frightened me in the theater… or at least gave me chills… and I was 23 at the time…). He’s not smart but he’s confident, and an incredibly smooth talker. A feeling of uneasiness just drips off this guy, and that’s part of the reason he’s all the way up at #5 on my list.

4) Jafar from Aladdin

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Ahhhh Jafar. In this villain we have a lot of things that have made our other villains on this list so great: confidence, a diabolical take-over plan, and a lot of smooth talking. We also have an amazing character design and a voice that just drips with evilness. There is just nothing about this guy that is good. Again we have no idea why he wants to take over Agrabah, but it doesn’t matter. He just wants to be sultan and nothing is going to stop him. He has a perfect plan that goes awry, but unlike a lot of other villains, he figures out what happened and actually fixes it to “win” at some point in the movie. This is why Jafar is higher than a lot of other villains. We actually see his plan, and, well, it’s not too great. He punishes those who had him in his place before. He paints the sky red (that’s scary right?) He’s just got a scary vibe to him too.

3) Ursula from The Little Mermaid

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I can’t even believe this but I completely forgot about the Sea Witch when I started writing this list (that’s why it’s now a top 11 instead of top 10…) How could I forget about her??? Honestly, I had her lower in numbers earlier, but had to move her up to #3 after really thinking about it. Here’s the thing about Ursula. 1) She’s scary as hell. Her design is perfect, her voice is perfect, her “setting” wonderful. When we see Ariel go to her lair… nightmares! 2) She is totally just taking advantage of something that happened to walk right into her lap. While it’s true she was keeping her eel-eyes on Ariel, she didn’t actively do anything except have Flotsam and Jetsam give her a little push to get her to visit. She has ALWAYS had her eye on King Triton, but dear sweet lord she has been extremely patient about it. In the meantime, she has taken advantage of those less fortunate and taken advantage of them, literally turning them into worms. How has no one caught her? does anyone realize all these merpeople are missing? Somehow she can operate without being detected. Seriously! Ursula is badass. And again, at the end, she is scary as shit (my 4 year old self still can’t get over it). She takes advantage of people, She’s smart (I mean she has people sign a contract so it doesn’t even seem like it’s her fault if they fail!!), and she’s #3 on this list.

2) Judge Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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While a lot of people would put Ursula or Jafar or some villain like that as #2 and #1, I’m choosing to go a different way, at least for the second spot. Frollo is like a majorly amped up version of Shan Yu. He’s cool, calm, collected, but my god is this guy messed up! In the first few minutes of the movie he arrests a number of people, kills another and attempts to murder a baby. His hatred of those that are different (gypsies) is really something I can’t stomach, and a huge reason he’s so high on my list. This guy, left unchecked, is essentially Hitler. He’s killing without remorse, setting people on fire, locking people up, and allowing torture to happen because… well… that’s ok? In his mind, it is. In his mind, there is nothing wrong with anything he is doing. He’s mistreated our protagonist his whole life, causing him to believe he’s worthless. I call emotional and mental abuse! Seriously, this guys rap sheet is so long I can’t even list it all here. He’s scary as all hell, but in a suave, collected kind of way. I love this villain. Love love love him because he makes me so uncomfortable and he is such a GOOD villain. In my mind, there’s only 1 that’s better.

1) Scar from The Lion King

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Really, was there ever any question? For me, Scar and Frollo could have been switched, because for me they’re just as evil. Scar, first of all, is perfect in his character design and voice acting. He’s smart, like so many of my top villains, and he is so incredibly patient. You can tell he’s harbored hatred for his brother probably his whole life, but takes his time and doesn’t attempt to act until the moment is right. He has followers that worship him and do his dirty work. It’s only when they fail does he come out and show us what he’s really capable of doing himself, giving us one of the most memorably disturbing scenes in all of Disney-dom (“Long Live the KING!”). He’s number 1 on my list because he succeeds and although he thinks himself a marvelous king, manages to run an entire savannah into the ground. But he’s power hungry and you could argue goes a bit insane by the end of the movie. But through all, he’s still incredibly smart about the way he handles himself. He manages to ruin his nephew’s life by saying he’s responsible for Mufasa’s death (again, Mental and emotional abuse!) and our main character is haunted by that his whole life. He murders one and attempts to murder another, and has no problem doing it. Not to mention he’s slimy, trying to apologize only to turn the second a back is turned. He’s untrustworthy, evil, and so incredibly wonderful.

So there you have it. My top 11 (plus some) Disney Villains. I know not everyone will agree with my choices, but I enjoy watching every single one of these characters thoroughly. They enhance the movies they’re in, sometimes making them exactly what they are. We love to hate villains, but I personally love to love them.

Up Next: Underrated Disney Movies

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Re-ranking my Disney Animated Movies

Hi all!

It took me more than a year, but I got through all of my Disney Animated movies! When we started, I gave a rank of all of the movies in the Disney canon from favorite to least favorite (including those I didn’t own). In case you’re curious, go here:

After watching them all again, I’m surprised how much my opinions changed. Looking at them through a reviewers eye was interesting. Some I still love despite their flaws, and some I still hate (or hate more!) after watching them again. And the few I don’t own I still don’t regret not owning (with a rare exception of Treasure Planet. I think I need to go find that one for cheap somewhere).

So below is my new ranking of Disney Animated movies. I have put the score (out of 5) that I gave to the movie as I was reviewing them. I think it’s interesting to point out that where I put them personally has nothing to do with what I think of them as a movie.

note** De-throning The Lion King wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I just have a huge soft spot for some of these movies…

Enjoy!

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1) The Hunchback of Notre Dame – 4.3

2) The Lion King – 4.8

3) Beauty and the Beast – 5

4) Robin Hood – 4

5) Mulan – 3.9

6) Bambi – 4

7) Tarzan – 3.9

8) The Princess and the Frog – 4

9) Frozen – 4.1

10) Tangled – 4

11) Lilo & Stitch – 4.2

12) The Little Mermaid – 4

13) 101 Dalmatians – 4

14) The Rescuers Down Under – 3.7

15) Brother Bear – 3.7

16) The Fox & The Hound – 3.2

17) Hercules – 4

18) Bolt – 3.8

19) Treasure Planet – 3

20) Oliver & Company – 3.1

21) Aladdin – 3.2

22) Peter Pan – 3.9

23) The Emperor’s New Groove – 3.2

24) Big Hero 6 – 3.9

25) The Jungle Book – 3.7

26) Lady & the Tramp – 3.8

27) Meet The Robinsons – 3.4

28) The Great Mouse Detective – 3.5

29) The Sword in the Stone – 4

30) Cinderella – 4

31) Dinosaur – 2.9

32) Fantasia 2000 – 3.7

33) Fantasia – 4.4

34) Pocahontas – 2.9

35) The Rescuers – 3

36) Sleeping Beauty – 3

37) Alice in Wonderland – 3.5

38) Atlantis: The Lost Empire – 2.7

39) The Black Cauldron – 2.8

40) Dumbo -2.8

Well that was fun. Let’s do some more random Disney lists before I move on to review the Pixar movies! Stay tuned for more!

Big Hero 6 (2014)

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In the midst of waiting for my baby to arrive (8 more weeks, yikes!) I have found it increasingly difficult to pull together the time to a) watch movies, and b) sit down long enough to write a review I’m actually proud of. We’ll see where this goes.

When I heard Disney had acquired Marvel, my heart sank a little. Not because I don’t like their movies. I actually enjoy their movies quite a lot (Age of Ulton? = awesome!). But no… my heart sank because I KNEW they were going to want the animation studios to do a superhero movie. And, well… I really didn’t know what to think about that. Disney animation and superheroes has never been done, and would it fit into the mold of Disney teaching kids valuable lessons? would it be too violent? would it not transcend into a higher state to be as good if not better than their other animated movies?

My husband and I saw it opening weekend, and, well, it was ok….. I wasn’t floored, I didn’t immediately love it, but I didn’t hate it either. It still made me cry (more than once) but it also had me wondering a lot of things. The most important being… is this movie really appropriate for kids? Would I want my 5-6 year old son going to see this movie? would he even understand it?

I’ll attempt to answer all my questions I’ve posed, but first I do want to give a brief history of the comic series that Lassiter chose for his movie franchise, which goes by the same name, Big Hero 6. In all the research I’ve done trying to figure out exactly what this comic series is about, I haven’t been able to find too much. It was a comic series that was created in 1998, set in Japan about a group of people assembled by the Japanese government to protect their country. Most are secret agents, samurai, or some type of mutant (they exist in the same world as the X-men).

Pretty much NOTHING in this film resembles the comic, except for some of the characters, their names, and (sort of) their abilities. And I’m not going to lie, I think this plays to the films strengths. Lassiter et al took the idea of Big Hero 6 and tinkered with it to make it into something they were proud of.

So what’s their versions origin story? I’ll give a quick recap:

Hiro Hamada is a 14 year old genius that’s already graduated and thinks that nothing is cooler than (ro)bot fighting, seeing as he has incredible intelligence that allows him to create these amazing robots that are undefeatable. His older brother, Tadashi, is just as smart and attempts to show Hiro another way to use his intelligence by showing him the university where he attends and just what’s going on.

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Tadashi doesn’t give a crap that Hiro would rather bot-fight

Hiro meets Tadashi’s friends who are all working on incredible feats of engineering and technology (I would explain them all but… yeah. I don’t remember the science terms they used in the movie). Hiro also meets Baymax, a healthcare companion robot that Tadashi has been working on. Upon seeing all these amazing things going on and meeting Professor Callaghan, Hiro decides to enter the school’s “science fair” to gain enrollment.

He creates these things called “microbots” – tiny robots that when linked can create any shape or arrangement imaginable, and are controlled by a person’s thought through a special band the person wears around his head.

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After being impressed, not only does Callaghan want him to enroll, but a man named Alastair Krei wants to buy them. Hiro declines the sale, and on their way out of the fair, a fire breaks out. Tadashi rushes in to save Professor Callaghan, but both perish in the fire, along with all but one of Hiro’s microbots. (time we cry #1 in this movie)

After weeks of mourning and deciding not to pursue enrollment at the university, Hiro accidentally hurts himself one day and activates Baymax, who was in his brother’s room. After some attitude from Hiro and naiveness from Baymax, Hiro convinces him that his microbot is trying to go somewhere, and follows it for Hiro, thinking it will help stabilize his mood swings.

The two follow it to an abandoned warehouse where he finds out that someone has made tub after tub of them. A man in a kabuki mask rises up and chases the two out of the warehouse. Realizing he has to do something, Hiro uploads a karate chip into Baymax, and the two hunt down the man in the Kabuki mask. While at the docks hunting him down, Tadashi’s friends from the lab (Gogo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred) show up and he attacks all of them. They flee.

As much as I don't like this villain, I have to admit he looks awesome

As much as I don’t like this villain, I have to admit he looks awesome

Realizing they have to stop this man and take his nanobots back by stealing the mask (and Hiro believes this will avenge his brother’s death), the 6 of them become superheroes, using the tech they were working on in the lab to become “superhuman.” They track the guy to an island and discover old wreckage of a lab and old footage that show Krei and Callaghan using teleportation technology to send a pilot through that never came back. The man in the Kabuki mask arrives, and they engage, only to discover this man isn’t Krei (who they previously suspected), but Callaghan. Hiro becomes so enraged he takes out Baymax’s healthcare chip, leaving him with just the urge to kill.  But Honey reinstalls the chip, Callaghan runs off, and so does Hiro, enraged at his friends’ intervention.

Back at his home, Hiro tries to remove the chip again and go after Callaghan, but Baymax doesn’t let him. Instead, he shows him video of Tadashi during all his start up tests, and consoles Hiro, who eventually calms down and goes and apologizes to his friends, saying they still need to stop Callaghan. They figure out that the test pilot that disappeared during the teleport test was Callaghan’s daughter, Abigail, and that he means to seek revenge on Krei for losing her.

They assemble at Krei tech, where Callaghan is already there. After fighting for a while, the portal opens up and starts pulling everything into it, destabilizing. The team uses this to destroy all of Callaghan’s microbots and save Krei, but the portal won’t close. That’s when Baymax detects a life sign inside. He and Hiro go into the portal and find Abigail in her pod in hyper sleep. They attempt to reach the portal door, but Baymax’s thrusters fail, and he uses the last of his jet power in his glove to propel Abigail and Hiro to safety, leaving him stuck in the portal as it disengages (crying time #2).

Abigail is saved, Callaghan is arrested. Hiro enrolls at school and sets up in Tadashi’s old lab, still holding onto the rocket glove from Baymax. One day he opens it to find Baymax’s healthcare chip inside. He gets to work and soon builds another Baymax. (aww)

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As I mentioned, I wasn’t floored by this movie the first time I saw it. I knew it was good, but I didn’t think it was that good. I didn’t see a higher purpose. I couldn’t figure out what Disney was trying to teach us. All I saw were gadgets and robots and fighting…. the same thing that is in so many movies these days. To me, it felt like Superheroes, kids, and Disney didn’t fit. The only thing I came away thinking positively about the movie was “wow, they painted science nerds as really cool people! Maybe this will get more kids interested in pursuing science!” (which is a good thing to do!)

Well, and that Baymax was the best part of the movie.

Then I watched it a second time. And I don’t know what it was, but I caught something. I had an epiphany. This movie is all about how people handle grief. It’s about how you cope with the loss of a loved one, which is something REALLY hard to do in a movie… especially a kids movie. I don’t know that kids would really understand it, but this is a theme that Disney has never done before. It’s something you can only really pick up after watching it more than once, because you know after seeing it that Callaghan is the villain, and you understand his motives for plotting his revenge. You understand the anger behind both he and Hiro in wanting revenge for their loved ones loss. It’s incredibly well done in this movie, but it’s really something for adults or older kids to get. Which is fine! Unless a smaller child has been through this, they wouldn’t get it. They’d be the Baymax in all of this.

Let’s talk about Baymax for a second, because he plays into this whole idea of loss and grief right at its center. He’s meant to be a robot who can help care for those who are ailing. Mental instability is the same, if not more dangerous, than physical, and Baymax reads that, and spends the whole movie trying to “heal” Hiro. However he is an incredibly naive character who plays into Hiro’s ideas, seeing that getting ready to seek revenge actually does heighten his mood. To him, his treatment is working.

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And in ways, it does. Although Hiro IS getting revenge on the man who he deems responsible for his brother’s death, he also learns to confide in Baymax, and Baymax in return learns to love Hiro and care for him in a way that a healthcare companion probably shouldn’t. Baymax keeps Hiro in check. His moral code influences him in a positive way and even through the hard parts, helps Hiro get through the loss of his brother. But their relationship is more than that. Hiro also influences him. He becomes more than his healthcare chip and almost becomes a surrogate brother. Hiro makes Baymax more than just his programming, which is apparent when he (unknowingly) takes out his healthcare chip at the end and has it in his glove as he sends them through the portal. I don’t know. I’ve always assumed that means that last talk Baymax gave Hiro was WITHOUT his healthcare chip.

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We also have all our other secondary characters to help Hiro, although each of them is probably feeling the loss of their friend Tadashi as well. At one point Baymax contacts them, saying that it is important in times of grief to lean on friends and loved ones for support. That’s what GoGo, Wasabi, Honey, and Fred do the whole movie. They support Hiro, they realize that this man in the Kabuki mask could really be dangerous, and they help him because of that. Not because they are also seeking revenge. In fact, they’re the ones who stop it once it becomes clear this is what Hiro wanted.

Although they don’t get a ton of screen time and character development, they get enough. We learn enough about each of them to appreciate what they bring to the team and how they make themselves stand out. And I have to admit that how Hiro adapts each of their techs into workable “powers” is freaking awesome.

I mean - who wouldn't want to zip around on those???

I mean – who wouldn’t want to zip around on those???

Hiro himself is another really well developed main character as well. He has amazing depth, and they animated him in such a way that you actually do feel what he feels. He’s a great protagonist even as a kid, although he isn’t one of my favorites (although who knows. He grows on me each time I see the movie…).  I feel like he’s too selfish and doesn’t think about Baymax or the others and their safety until it’s too late because he’s trained only on getting revenge. I know everything he does in the movie is really influenced by the loss of his brother, so I guess I have to forgive him. It just bugs me.

I’m not going to talk a lot about the villain in Callaghan, or about Krei. Honestly, this is probably one of the places this film is lacking. Yeah, I liked how they had a red herring in Krei, and it was really well done. I also like how we figure out throughout the movie about Callaghan’s daughter and his motivation, but he never really seemed “evil” to me. He’s relatable, so I’ll give you that. But not too relatable. He doesn’t have a ton of screen time before his “death” so you don’t learn to care about this character. Yeah it’s sad he lost a daughter, I understand why he’s pissed, but dude – get over it. I think the only reason we even care about him is because Hiro’s going through the exact same thing. Every time I watch this movie I’m reminded Doc Oc in Spiderman 2. I feel like that villain in that movie is what Callaghan should have been. We cared about him. We cared at the end when he died, and were happy he got redemption. We don’t feel that at all in Callaghan. The only reason I feel sad for him at the end of the movie is because his daughter is rescued and he has to go to jail. See where your actions get you? You can’t see your daughter now!

Yeah that's right, you gotta watch her get loaded into the ambulance!

Yeah that’s right, you gotta watch her get loaded into the ambulance!

I do want to mention a few smaller aspects of this movie that I found interesting or really quite beautiful. The animation is top notch. Disney invented a setting in San Fransokyo and I believe they hit it on the nose. I’ve been to both cities (I LOVE both cities) and the animators did an extremely good job at making a futuristic city have elements of both. Really cool and really fun to have a movie set there.

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I do think this movie is too violent for small kids, but I have to admit they animate the violence extremely well. It’s interesting, isn’t over the top, and doesn’t last for huge amounts of time. It’s good!

So do Superheroes and Disney fit together? I still honestly don’t have an answer to this question. I will be excited if they make a second Big Hero 6, it’s true. They somehow managed to put a creative spin on something that could have just been another crazy marvel violence filled fighting fest. But they managed to put heart into their work, like Disney always does. It’s still weird to think of Disney making a superhero movie though…

I give Big Hero 6 (2014) a 3.9 out of 5. Decent story, decent characters. I can’t wait to see where they go from here.

Up Next: Get ready for tons of top 10 lists as I round out all my Disney reviews!