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It’s a Marvel movie and a Dis­ney an­i­ma­tion!

Re­lease Date: 25 May 2014 | PG | Blu- ray 3D/ Blu- ray/ DVD Di­rec­tors: Don Hall, Chris Wil­liams Cast: Scott Ad­sit, Ryan Pot­ter, TJ Miller, Jamie Chung, Da­mon Wayans Jr, Ge­n­e­sis Ro­driguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk

It was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Dis­ney pulled to­gether two heads of its gi­ant multi­na­tional hy­dra to form an all- con­quer­ing movie su­perteam – the only sur­prise is that it didn’t hap­pen sooner. With Big Hero 6 the Mouse House’s an­i­ma­tion stu­dio adapts a lesser- known Marvel comic, and the re­sult­ing hy­brid is rather won­der­ful.

Ex­ist­ing out­side the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse in the city of San Fran­sokyo ( the geog­ra­phy’s San Fran­cisco, the ar­chi­tec­ture’s Tokyo), it’s a pure, unashamed su­per­hero ori­gin story about an un­likely sex­tet com­ing to­gether to thwart a Big Bad. Like The In­cred­i­bles, it to­tally gets the con­ven­tions of su­per­hero movies ( even down to a Stan Lee cameo), while weav­ing a tale more hu­man and re­lat­able than many of its live- ac­tion brethren can man­age. The epony­mous gang aren’t su­per, they’re just science geeks who come good, and they’re so beau­ti­fully ren­dered that you’re emo­tion­ally in­vested in their jour­ney from or­di­nary kids to he­roes via be­reave­ment and re­venge.

The whole thing is beau­ti­ful to look at, and in squashy in­flat­able med­i­cal robot Bay­max, the movie has a true break­out star. You will want one of your own.

A de­serv­ing win­ner of this year’s Best An­i­mated Fea­ture Os­car – and no, we haven’t forgotten about The Lego Movie.

Ex­tras: In “The Ori­gin Story Of Big Hero 6” ( 15 min­utes), voice star Jamie Chung wan­ders the streets of San Fran­cisco, in­tro­duc­ing talk­ing head ap­pear­ances from film­mak­ers and Marvel big­wigs like Joe Que­sada and Jeph Loeb – it’s brief but fact- packed. In “Big An­i­ma­tor 6” ( six min­utes), a bunch of an­i­ma­tors sit in a room to talk about their process. Four deleted scenes ( mostly sto­ry­board footage, to­talling 13 min­utes) re­veal some in­ter­est­ing al­ter­na­tive ideas for sto­ry­telling. There’s also “Feast” ( six min­utes), the sweet short that ac­com­pa­nied the movie in cine­mas; a Mickey Mouse car­toon ( four mins); and a trailer. Richard Ed­wards

Bay­max’s face was in­spired by a tem­ple bell, while his walk was based on a baby with a full nappy.

Sec­onds later his head was off.

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