Movie Mondays: Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6My kids have been begging me to go see this new Disney Animated film.  I gotta be honest, when I saw the main character looked more like the stay puffed marshmallow man from Ghostbusters, I was less than excited.  But you know, when you tell your kids maybe we might go this weekend it’s almost like saying ok, I’ll take you.  So they begged and begged, and I finally gave in.  Here we go, Big Hero 6.

I didn’t know much about the concept, but evidently this is a pretty big comic book phenomenon.  The main idea is that science is helpful when someone wants to reach out and help the world.  I get it.  I like it.

Overall it was a great story!!  Two kids living with their aunt, loving to create and imagine, and ultimately save the world from the evil science villain.  It was a great ride, and my younger kids had a blast.

On the way home, I asked them, “So what was your favorite part of the movie?”  and this was the most interesting part for me.

Tiki: “I liked the Beymax character.”  (this was the marshmallow robot looking character.)

“Why did you like that one?”

“Because he was willing to help people no matter what.  I liked it that he was kind, compassionate, and always looking out for other people.”  I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes.

“What about you Gabby?  What character did you like?”

“I liked Tadashi” (the university student who actually created the Beymax robot.)

“Why did you like him?”

“He wanted to make a robot to help people.  I want to help people when I get bigger.” she said emphatically.

I don’t know about you, but the fact both my kids walked out of a dark movie theater after two hours of animation and BOTH of them were interested in figuring out how they might help people in the future…now that’s worth the price of admission.

Granted, both of them are under 10, so who knows how long this idea will last, but ultimately I love the fact they were thinking about others in spite of themselves.  They genuinely thought they both wanted to be compassionate and kind after a pretty action packed film.

So the question for Movie Monday today is simple.  How are we putting our kids in front of entertainment that has more value toward the human race instead of just using entertainment as a baby sitter?

I must admit, I had no idea what the plot line was going to be in Big Hero 6, and I did want to use the 2 hours to catch a quick nap in a dark room.  But I was convicted at the end.  I need to be more pro-active in helping my kids see major motion pictures that have value to help encourage this notion of helping others.

Way to go Disney.  Thanks for this one.  I really appreciate the people who put this story together, and brought a sense of service to my kids in a fun way.

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