Big Hero 6, which took over the hearts of Disney fans when it premiered in 2014, has been long overdue a sequel. After almost 8 years it seemed all hope had been lost for a return of this franchise and its beloved giant marshmallow robot, but that was not the case. Finally, the stars aligned as BAYMAX!, an original series was announced in 2021 and is set to release on Disney Plus, on June 29th.
While BAYMAX! isn’t a typical series, instead a collection of shorts, it does a great job at touching on some sensitive health subjects. Baymax is as fun and warm-hearted as you remember him, always doing what’s best for others, even if it means things aren’t great for him. The show does a great job at not only being informative but doing so in a way that doesn’t feel forced.
One thing you definitely will find yourself missing after watching this series is Baymax’s stale but hilarious humor. As I said, Baymax has a tendency to do anything to help someone or something, even if that puts him in some “funny” situations. This is no different in this series as Baymax’s actions to complete his care are some of the most humorous that we’ve seen.
Scott Adist returns as the voice of Baymax, and in superb form as there seem to be no differences between his voicing eight years ago and now. Ryan Potter reprises his role as Hiro Hamada, a character I have been dying to see more of. While my satisfaction wasn’t fully fulfilled with what we got, I can still say I enjoyed every second of screen time he had. Maya Rudolph also returns to voice her role as Aunt Cass, and she truly doesn’t skip a beat. Every scene that Aunt Cass is in, is absolutely phenomenal and you can just feel the emotion radiating through the screen.
BAYMAX! Is a wildly fun and warmhearted story perfect for the whole family. Its dive into health in a fun way makes it perfect for kids learning about the world, or adults just looking for a smile. No matter who you are BAYMAX! Is worth your time, and it truly may be the best collection of shorts to be available on Disney+.
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