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ITH one sim­ple squish, you can pro­vide com­fort, en­cour­age­ment or a sim­ple how-do-you-do that tran­scends a thou­sand well-cho­sen words.

Big Hero 6 is the cin­e­matic equiv­a­lent of a warm hug, em­brac­ing the old-fash­ioned fam­ily val­ues of the Walt Dis­ney brand along­side cut­ting-edge com­puter tech­nol­ogy that au­di­ences now ex­pect to daz­zle their senses.

Direc­tors Don Hall and Chris Wil­liams marry dizzy­ing ac­tion se­quences that look even more spec­tac­u­lar in 3D to an emotionally rich story of a lonely boy’s un­shake­able bond with his self­in­flat­ing ro­bot pro­tec­tor, re­call­ing the mag­i­cal 1999 an­i­mated fea­ture The Iron Gi­ant.

The in­quis­i­tive au­tom­a­ton Bay­max is the stuff that sweet cel­lu­loid dreams are made of – ten­der, loving and un­wit­tingly hi­lar­i­ous. Ev­ery child will want their own marsh­mal­low man to snug­gle at night and keep them safe from the harsh re­al­i­ties of mod­ern life that weigh heav­ily on the film’s grief-stricken ado­les­cent hero.

“I see no ev­i­dence of phys­i­cal in­jury,” in­forms the ro­bot as he scans the boy’s body.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent kind of hurt,” laments the teenager.

Four­teen-year-old Hiro Ha­mada (voiced by Ryan Pot­ter) idolises his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Hen­ney), who is a star pupil of Pro­fes­sor Robert Cal­laghan (James Cromwell), head of the ro­bot­ics pro­gram at San Fran­sokyo Univer­sity.

A fire on cam­pus cul­mi­nates in tragedy and shell-shocked Hiro is in­con­solable un­til his brother’s great­est cre­ation, a per­sonal health­care ro­bot called Bay­max (Scott Ad­sit), helps the teenager to con­front his loss. As the boy dis­cov­ers Bay­max’s func­tion­al­ity, he also stum­bles upon a se­cret – the fire might not have been an ac­ci­dent.

In­deed, a greedy en­tre­pre­neur called Alis­tair Krei (Alan Tudyk) might have started the blaze.

Aided by Tadashi’s loyal friends GoGo (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr), Honey Le­mon (Gen­e­sis Ro­driguez) and Fred ( TJ Miller), plus an up­graded Bay­max, Hiro re­solves to dis­cover the truth about the deadly in­ferno.

Based on an ob­scure ti­tle from the Mar­vel Comics uni­verse, Big Hero 6 is a rip-roar­ing open­ing salvo in a po­ten­tial new fran­chise.

Direc­tors Hall and Wil­liams or­ches­trate the req­ui­site thrilling set pieces with brio, in­clud­ing an un­con­ven­tional dash through the un­du­lat­ing streets of San Fran­sokyo that know­ingly flouts traf­fic laws.

“There are no red lights in a car chase!” squeals GoGo.

The an­i­ma­tors and script never lose sight of the cen­tral re­la­tion­ship of Hiro and Bay­max, sketch­ing that bond in exquisitely deft strokes. Grown men will be chok­ing back tears.

Big Hero 6 is pre­ceded by Pa­trick Os­borne’s Os­car nom­i­nated short Feast, which charts the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a Bos­ton ter­rier and his master from pup­py­hood to mid­dle age in a se­ries of vignettes.

It’s a pick of the an­i­mated lit­ter that leaves an in­deli­ble mark on the heart, just like Hall’s and Wil­liams’ turbo-charged main fea­ture.

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