Big Hero 6 Review: Disney’s Baymax & Hiro are a BIG Hit!

Big Hero 6 Review
Let me just preface this post by saying that my 5 1/2 year old son is a huge movie buff. However… as much as he loves all of his animated movies, it is rare to see my son jumping up and down in his seat in a movie theater in excitement. Never in his 5.5 years have I seen him that excited over a movie — ever. This animated film was a BIG hit for our family — and I am thrilled to finally share my Big Hero 6 review with all of you!

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Yes… The time has finally come for my Big Hero 6 review!

First… a message from my son: “Tell them that Baymax is a BIG marshmallow!”

Several days before Big Hero 6 hit theaters nationwide, I attended a screening at Disney Animation Studios here in Los Angeles with my husband and our son, Joey (5 1/2) and our sprouting almost-terrible-two’s bundle of joy, Madison. This was our daughters second time in a theater, so I am perpetually fearful of her behavior, but she was {shockingly} an angel. Why? Because this movie was a-w-e-s-o-m-e. 

My son has been interested in Big Hero 6 ever since I wrote about Disney Animation’s San Fransokyo film announcement back in May 2013. He’s a true boy at heart, so anything to do with robots, action heroes, karate, cars, trucks – you’ve got his full attention (and he won’t blink – seriously).

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Big Hero 6 is full of action, fun, humor, excitement, jumping, running, and emotion. I wanted to specifically mention emotion  because this is a rare quality in animated films nowadays. Some of the movies that I watch with my son seem too fantasy, too ridiculous, too empty. There’s no backbone connecting the viewer with the true feelings or thoughts of the characters. As a child, I am sure my children barely notice this, but the emotions that were felt for the relationship between Baymax and Hiro really put a spark in the film for the adult viewing audience.

*True story: I teared up during Big Hero 6 (okay, okay.. enough… stop laughing!)!

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I loved everything about this film and each character was uniquely portrayed with a different set of varying characteristics and personality types. As much as I loved them all, I fell in love with big ‘ole Baymax!

His personality, mannerisms, and  sense of humor made him such a lovable character. I wish I had my own personal Baymax! He starts off as a prototype robot invention meant to be a healthcare companion. Can you imagine an inflatable robot that could pop out of a briefcase every time you said “ouch” or “that hurt!”?! Baymax is your own personal physician — with the ability to do so much more!

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Featured voice cast includes Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, and Maya Rudolph. With Big Hero 6 coming from the team behind “Frozen” and Wreck-It-Ralph, I knew this was going to be a guaranteed slam dunk.

Big Hero 6 is about a special bond that forms when child prodigy, Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter), develops a plus-sized inflatable robot, Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit). The story revolves around Hiro’s ingenious ability to create, engineer, and develop robots and gadgets. When his older brother inspires Hiro to think outside of the box, his invention becomes the focal starting point for the story.

When tragedy hit the city of San Fransokyo, Hiro is thrown into the pit of the disaster and quickly spirals down. When it is finally time for Hiro to get back on his feet, he develops a strong bond and relationship with Go Go Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred. With the extraordinary help of Baymax, Hiro and his close friends create a band of high-tech super heroes called the Big Hero 6!

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[This is one of my favorite scenes – we we’re laughing a lot!]

Throughout the entire film, I turned my head and watched as my son literally jumped out of his seat from pure excitement. His smile went from ear-to-ear and he has not stopped talking about the movie since we attended the screening! I knew how much I loved this film, so it was no surprise to me that my kids fell in love with Big Hero 6. 

Mom… dad… grandma… grandpa… – After seeing how my own children responded to this film, I highly recommend this film! Trust me – they’ll be thanking you later once the adrenaline simmers and the laughter stops (it may take a while….). Watching my son and daughter react to Big Hero 6 put a big smile on my face. When they’re happy, I am happy. There is something special about an animated film that not only excites the kids, but which can also capture the attention and laughter of an adult audience. A+!

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FILM FACTS…

  • Big Hero 6 is the 54th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
  • Disney veteran Don Hall helmed 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh” and has earned screenplay and/or story credits on Disney features, including “Meet the Robinsons,” “Tarzan” and “The Princess and the Frog.”
  • Chris Williams directed the 2008 feature “Bolt,” as well as the short “Glago’s Guest.” Williams was a key member of the “Mulan” story team, and was nominated for an Annie Award for outstanding individual achievement for writing in an animated feature presentation for his work on “The Emperor’s New Groove.”
  • Producer Roy Conli counts among his credits Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2010 hit “Tangled,” as well as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Hercules,” “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet.”

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Big Hero 6 opened in theaters nationwide on November 7, 2014. Check out your nearest theater movie times and get yourself and your family to the movies ASAP! Check the official Big Hero 6 website to learn more about this fun and funny hit film from Disney Animation!

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Disclosure: MamaNYC attended a movie screening at Disney Animation Studios for the aforementioned film, but did not receive any other form of compensation neither monetarily nor as tangible goods. As part of attending the movie screening, I have provided an honest and insightful Big Hero 6 review based on personal experience (and enjoyment!) of this film. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255, Guides Concerning the User of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Big Hero 6 & XPRIZE Young Innovators Video Contest

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I just heard about a really cool contest for children between the ages of 8 and 17 that I had to share. XPRIZE has teamed up with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Disney Corporate Citizenship for an awesome nationwide BIG HERO 6 video contest that challenges children to tackle the world’s biggest challenges using science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics. The challenge is to find the real-life counterparts to the animated heroes from BIG HERO 6!

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As a total tech geek, I love hearing stories about how young innovators are developing new tools and techniques that could possibly change the world. BIG HERO 6 will burst onto the big screen on November 7th and the six winners, the real-life Big Hero 6, will be invited to travel to Los Angeles and walk the red carpet at the film’s Hollywood premiere!

Go behind the scenes and meet the creative minds at both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, join a special “Visioneering™” experience at XPRIZE headquarters, plus other prizes!

There will be two divisions in which participating kids will be split into: Junior Division (8-12 years of age), and Senior Division (13–17 years of age). Of course, all entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge.

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Ready for the challenge? Enter your submission for the XPRIZE Challenge today!
 

Calling All Young Innovators!

Video submissions can include a short story, sculpture, drawing, model, robot, or whatever method your child feels may communicate their idea in the most creative way possible. Read the Official Rules for further details, restrictions, and limitations.

Scoring will be based on how well they explain the problem, demonstrate the solution, and explain what they have learned and the impact that their idea would have on themselves and the world. Of course, creativity and your child’s engagement in their presentation will better their chances of winning.

Video Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. Twenty (20) finalists will be selected based on the highest scores resulting from preliminary scoring by XPRIZE judges. In mid October, a panel of luminary S.T.E.A.M. expert judges will evaluate the twenty finalists’ submissions and six (6) winners will be selected through a combination of the expert judges’ scores and public voting results.

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In addition to the trip to Los Angeles, the six winners will receive reimbursement for one contestant registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2014-2015 in the US or Canada, and a Special littleBits® NASA Space Kit and cloudBit™ Starter Kit.

The contest is open for submissions from September 17, 2014, to October 12, 2014. For registration details and further information, check out the official Big Hero 6 XPRIZE Challenge website!

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Head on over to XPRIZEChallenge.org to learn more about this BIG HERO 6 challenge. Read the official rules for the XPRIZE Challenge and get your submissions ready before the deadline  (October 12, 2014).

Disney’s BIG HERO 6 releases in theaters everywhere on November 7th in 3D! Check the official Big Hero 6 website to learn more about this upcoming action comedy animated feature from Walt Disney Studios!

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Follow and join the conversation on Twitter! Search for the official hashtag, #BigHero6, and see what everyone else is saying as the world anticipates the November 2014 release of Big Hero 6!

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Want to follow what everyone is saying about the Big Hero 6 XPRIZE challenge? Use the #BH6challenge hashtag and see what everyone else is saying about this great video contest!

⇒ Don’t forget to “like” Big Hero 6 on Facebook and “follow” @DisneyAnimation on Twitter to stay updated on the newest announcements, film release news, and fun! You can also find and follow Disney Animation posts on Tumblr!

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The Fine Print: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Challenge registration and video submissions start September 17, 2014, and end October 12, 2014. Public Voting will start October 15, 2014 and end October 19, 2014. Open to legal residents of US and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are ages 8 through 17 before September 17, 2014. Parental consent is required. Travel must occur on November 2-6, 2014 (or such other dates designated by Sponsor). For details, restrictions, and limitations and to enter, please visit Official Rules at: xprizechallenge.org/bighero6. Sole Sponsor: XPRIZE.

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About XPRIZE:

Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, and the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, go to www.xprize.org. XPRIZE® is a registered trademark of XPRIZE Foundation, Inc.

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FROZEN FEVER: Walt Disney Animation Short – Spring 2015

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Do you have Frozen Fever? 

We sure do! Over the weekend, I ventured to my sons school to watch Frozen with his classmates on Saturday night. As we all sat on the field with our blankets spread out and popcorn in hand, each and every child sang along to eversong and recited the movie nearly word for word. We’ve all got the fever and it’s about to get even crazier!

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Walt Disney Animation Studios has just announced the return of your favorite Frozen characters for a Spring 2015 short film, Frozen Fever! Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf will return before you know it, so keep your Frozen DVD on repeat this winter and prepare for things to warm up come Spring 2015!

Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and produced by Peter Del Vecho, with an all-new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Frozen Fever marks the first project to reunite the Oscar®-winning original team from Disney’s “Frozen.”

Disney first made the announcement through the ABC Television Network special “The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,” which aired earlier today (September 2nd). The special featured the world television debut of a scene from the new action comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6,as well as a sneak peek at the upcoming season of the ABC series “Once Upon A Time.

Frozen Fever will take place on Anna’s birthday! Elsa and Kristoff are going to try and throw her the best birthday celebrate ever. However, Elsa’s icy powers may put the party at risk. Will the celebration go off without a hitch? Find out in Spring 2015!

Let’s talk about this amazing news…. #FrozenFever hashtag on Twitter and follow @DisneyAnimation for more announcements and news!

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Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Printable Activity Sheets

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Since we’ve been unbelievably busy since our cross country move from NYC to LA last week, I haven’t had a chance to stop by the movie theaters to catch the newly released Marvel film, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.  I have been waiting to see this one for a while now, so I am really trying (very hard!) to squeeze a movie date into our schedule this week.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe.

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Luckily, I just got my hands on a cool Guardians of the Galaxy printable activity sheets and coloring pages set that I have already printed out for my kids to enjoy. With all of the chaos of moving and getting settled in going on around them, I am seriously appreciating these  free Guardians of the Galaxy printables to keep them occupied.

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*Here’s just a small sampling of two pages that we found inside of the Activity Pack for Guardians of the Galaxy! My son loved cutting out the Space Badges!

Moving stinks, but finding free printables in your inbox is awesome. Guardians of the Galaxy opened in theaters everywhere on August 1st starring  Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio Del Toro (whew – talk about an all-star cast!).

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY PRINTABLE ACTIVITY PACK

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ABOUT GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

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To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance!

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Learn more about Guardians of the Galaxy right here on MamaNYC! Check out my posts from the past, which includes the Guardians’ movie trailer debut on Jimmy Kimmel, Guardians of the Galaxy movie posters and videos, and a very special Gamora video featurette, too!

Stay up to date with movie news, updates, promotions and more when you “like” the official Guardians of the Galaxy Facebook page. Don’t forget to follow @Guardians on Twitter so that you can keep updated on new announcements, film release news, and other details about the movie.

Follow and join the conversation on Twitter! Search for the official hashtag, #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy to see what everyone else is saying about the recent (August 1, 2014) release of Guardians of the Galaxy!

 

 

 


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Walt Disney Studios INTO THE WOODS Movie Trailer!

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There’s always a lot to look forward to in December between the holiday season and that New Years Eve party that you’ve waited 12-months to attend. Luckily, time flies and it will be Christmas before you know it! With Walt Disney Studios releasing INTO THE WOODS on December 25th, you’ll luckily be sitting in the theater watching your favorite actors on the big screen before you know it!

The all-star cast of INTO THE WOODS includes: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp. The film is based on the musical play by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, which first premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987 at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony® Awards for best score, best book and best actress in a musical.

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Watch the trailer below and tell me you aren’t excited to see this one!

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ABOUT INTO THE WOODS:

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

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Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.

Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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INTO THE WOODS opens in theaters everywhere on December 25, 2014. Stop by MamaNYC to learn more about this film and to catch exclusive promos, film news, and more photo captures of INTO THE WOODS in the near future!

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Follow INTO THE WOODS on Facebook and Twitter @DisneyPictures to learn more about the film and to keep yourself updated on future news and movie details. Use the official #IntoTheWoods hashtag to see what everyone else is saying about the film.

 

 

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Big Hero 6 Movie Trailer from Walt Disney Animation!

Last week I had shared the official voice cast for Walt Disney Animation’s upcoming animated action/comedy film, BIG HERO 6. Today, I am back with the official movie trailer as it was only recently released by Disney — and my son is super excited. He kept asking me tons of questions about the film while watching me blog last week, but I really…. I didn’t know what to tell him. I’ll be honest.

….but now I have THIS BIG HERO 6 movie trailer to show him that’ll explain everything (or, just enough to get him really pumped up and excited for the movie premiere on November 7th!

Watch the official Big Hero 6 Movie Trailer:

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“Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.”

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Keep updated on future BIG HERO 6 posts right here on MamaNYC when you subscribe and follow all of my social media accounts! I always deliver the latest and greatest press releases for Big Hero 6 right as they land in my lap!

Disney’s BIG HERO 6 releases in theaters everywhere on November 7th in 3D! Check the official Big Hero 6 website to learn more about this upcoming action comedy animated feature from Walt Disney Studios!

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Disney Announces Big Hero 6 Cast: Character Posters & Bio’s!

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(Honestly, I had a tough time getting this post published tonight. My 5-year old son sat on my lap the entire time asking me 101 questions about Big Hero 6“why is he doing that? why is that guy wearing that costume? is he a ninja? why can’t he get his costume to fit?” – That’s okay; Now I have a guarantee that this film will be an instant success for our family!)

Walt Disney Animation Studios officially announced the voice cast behind their upcoming comedy/action packed adventure film BIG HERO 6! You can check out the teaser trailer first look video hat I had published back in May 2013 to get a better idea of just how cool this film looks!

The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7th and includes Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax. This film is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).

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BIG HERO 6 CAST & CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

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Voiced by RYAN POTTER (“Supah Ninjas,” “Senior Project”), robotics prodigy HIRO HAMADA has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bond—and two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission.

Big Hero 6 Character Poster Baymax

SCOTT ADSIT (“30 Rock,” “St. Vincent”) provides the voice of the world’s most compassionate robot. BAYMAX cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for—he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the “Big Hero 6.”

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• Voiced by T.J. MILLER (HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”), fanboy FRED comes off like a laid-back dude with no direction. But this sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book aficionado is sure to go places—when he’s good and ready. For example, Fred doesn’t hesitate to join “Big Hero 6,” and he has a lot of ideas for his super-hero skillset, too. His ferocious, fire-breathing alter ego comes complete with claws, integrated communications and a super bounce. But his sign-spinning may still come in handy.

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• JAMIE CHUNG (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “Once Upon A Time,” “The Hangover Part II & Part III”) steps up as the voice of the aptly named GO GO TOMAGO, who knows what it takes to be fast. She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed sarcasm are totally her speed. The daredevil adrenaline junkie is at her best on wheels, and when Go Go joins forces with “Big Hero 6,” she rolls like never before, using maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons.

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• DAMON WAYANS JR. (“Let’s Be Cops,” “Happy Endings”) provides the voice of WASABI, who’s committed to precision. He’s super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly neatnik can’t help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of “Big Hero 6,” Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.

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• GENESIS RODRIGUEZ (“Tusk” and “Run All Night”) was called on to help bring Honey Lemon to life. It’s elemental when it comes to chemistry whiz HONEY LEMON. Don’t let her glasses and funky fashion fool you: Honey may be as sweet as her namesake, but she has a fire in her belly and a can-do attitude that make her pretty much unstoppable. Her knowledge of alchemy proves powerful, too, when the effusive brainiac becomes part of the “Big Hero 6” and creates clever concoctions that when thrown, can get her team out of nearly any jam.

• DANIEL HENNEY (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) was called on to give voice to TADASHI HAMADA. Tadashi is a good guy. He just is. He actually developed, built and programmed a state-of-the-art nursebot—a Healthcare Companion named Baymax that will likely help millions worldwide. But it’s his role as big brother that makes Tadashi truly special. Every kid needs a guy like Tadashi looking out for him, and Hiro knows just how lucky he is to have him in his life.

• MAYA RUDOLPH (TV’s “Saturday Night Live,” “Maya Rudolph Variety Show,” Bridesmaids”) provides the voice of AUNT CASS, who’s the overworked but always-supportive guardian of brothers Hiro and Tadashi. The owner of a popular San Fransokyo bakery and coffee shop, Aunt Cass is proud, ebullient and thinks the world of her two genius nephews. She’s always good for a laugh and ready with a hug, tirelessly there for support and a great home-cooked meal.

• Voiced by JAMES CROMWELL (“Murder in the First,” “L.A. Confidential”), PROFESSOR ROBERT CALLAGHAN heads up the robotics program at the prestigious San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and is Tadashi’s professor and mentor. When Hiro visits the university for the first time, he is star-struck by the world-renowned roboticist—while Callaghan immediately sees the potential in the 14-year-old prodigy, encouraging him to put his brain to better use.

• Pioneer entrepreneur and tech guru ALISTAIR KREI is voiced by ALAN TUDYK (“Tell,” “Welcome to Me,” “42”). San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s most illustrious alum and owner of the biggest technology company in the world, Krei Tech, is always on the hunt for the next big thing. Krei attends the showcase at San Fransokyo Tech and is overwhelmingly impressed by Hiro’s ingenuity.

YOKAI is the silent masked man behind the terrible tragedy that strikes San Fransokyo, turning Hiro’s world upside down. As a result, Hiro transforms a group of nerds into a team of high-tech crime fighters—“Big Hero 6”—with one mission: Track down Yokai and bring him to justice.

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AL ABOUT BIG HERO 6:

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

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Keep updated on future BIG HERO 6 posts right here on MamaNYC when you subscribe and follow all of my social media accounts! I always deliver the latest and greatest press releases for Big Hero 6 right as they land in my lap!

Disney’s BIG HERO 6 releases in theaters everywhere on November 7th in 3D! Check the official Big Hero 6 website to learn more about this upcoming action comedy animated feature from Walt Disney Studios!

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Follow and join the conversation on Twitter! Search for the official hashtag, #BigHero6, and see what everyone else is saying as the world anticipates the November 2014 release ofBig Hero 6!

⇒ Don’t forget to “like” Big Hero 6 on Facebook and “follow” @DisneyAnimation on Twitter to stay updated on the newest announcements, film release news, and fun! You can also find and follow Disney Animation posts on Tumblr!

 

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Special Gamora Video Featurette

Marvel Guardians of Galaxy

If you haven’t heard of Marvel’s next upcoming film, I posted the Guardians of the Galaxy movie trailer back in February [2014]. Today, I am back with even more fun to help get everyone pumped up and ready for the premiere on August 1st! This is a special featurette video look at Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana (Avatar, The Words, Star Trek,  Colombiana).

Guardians of the Galaxy is an action-adventure film rated PG-13. It is set for a U.S. release date of August , 2014 with a running time of 121 minutes. Cast includes: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista…featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!

Guardians of The Galaxy Gamora Video

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Stay up to date with movie news, updates, and details when you “like” the official Guardians of the Galaxy Facebook page. You can learn more about the film and its characters on the official Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy website, too! Don’t forget to follow @Guardians on Twitter so that you can keep updated on new announcements, film release news, and other details about the movie.

Follow and join the conversation on Twitter! Search for the official hashtag, #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy to see what everyone else is saying as the world anticipates the August 1, 2014 release of Guardians of the Galaxy!

 

 


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Nickelodeon DVD Reviews: Rugrats, TMNT, SpongeBob & Sanjay

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Nickelodeon DVD Summer Releases Hit Shelves on July 8th!

Summer is in full swing, kids are off from school, summer camps have begun, and those beaches are full of swimmers and surfers! With all of the heat, Nickelodeon fans can cool off this summer with four new releases about to hit the shelves on July 8th [2014]! Coming to a retailer new you from Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution is a collection of titles featuring your favorite characters from Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Sanjay and Craig! Each of the Nickelodeon DVD titles will be available for a retail price of $9.99 and available for purchase on Amazon, of course!

Rugrats Reptar

All of these titles are a perfect fit for our family. My 5-year-old son is a HUGE fan of TMNT, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Sanjay and Craig. He does love Rugrats, but he decided it was time to hand the title down to his baby sister, our personal household Rugrat, Madison (17-months old). Titles to be released this week on July 8th include:

  • Rugrats: Reptar Returns
  • Rugrats: Outdoor Shenanigans
  • Nickelodeon: Robot Invasion
  •  Nickelodeon: Heroes in Action

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Rugrats DVD Reptar Returns Review

Rugrats: Reptar Returns!

Rugrats is goin’ green with outrageous adventures featuring the one and only giant green T-Rex, Reptar. Rugrats Reptar Image

Episodes:

  • Runaway Reptar
  • Reptar 2010
  • The Big Showdown

Running Time: Approximately 72 Minutes

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Rugrats DVD Outdoor Shenanigans

Rugrats: Outdoor Shenanigans!

Reunite with the Rugrats in exciting outdoor adventures that include a trip across America, a search for a moose, a hunt for buried treasure and more!

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  • Discovering America
  • Barbeque
  • Moose Country
  • Sand Ho!
  • Gold Rush

Running Time: Approximately 71 Minutes

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Nickeloden Robot Invasion DVD Review

Nickelodeon: Robot Invasion

Nickelodeon brings out the heavy metal with SpongeBob SquarePantsSanjay and Craig, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  Catch robot-themed tales that include awesome technological creations and partying innovations.

Episodes:

  • Krab Borg ! /  Rock A Bi-Valve (SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • Metalhead  (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Traffic Island  /  Partybot (Sanjay and Craig)

Running Time: Approximately 71 Minutes

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Nickelodeon DVD Heroes In Action

Nickelodeon: Heroes in Action!

Its Nickelodeon heroes to the rescue in these action-packed adventures that include superhero Patrick-Man challenging the Dirty Bubble, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles battling an unhinged villain in mechanical armor, Sanjay and Craig joining a peculiar police force, and more! Episodes:

  • Patrick-Man! / Gary’s New Toy (SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Muscle C.O.P.S. / Cold Hard Cash (Sanjay and Craig)

Running Time: Approximately 70 Minutes

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Learn More Engage MamaNYC Teal Head on over to Amazon to make your purchases today! This set of 4 altogether makes for a great summertime movie date with the kiddos, but of course they are sold separately at $9.99/each.

 Rugrats: Reptar Returns!    |    Rugrats: Outdoor Shenanigans!

Nickelodeon: Heroes In Action!    |    Nickelodeon: Robot Invasion

 

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July 4th Recipes for Foodie Friday & The Hundred-Foot Journey

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I am so excited to start sharing some July 4th recipes for #FoodieFriday on MamaNYC as a great pairing to my recent Nutrisystem #NSNation journey kickoff earlier this week. In addition to dieting and enjoying their scrumptious foods, I also want to enhance my skills in the kitchen (gasp!). Truth be told, I have never really enjoyed cooking, but I blame that on the fact that I have never really put much effort into all of it. Sharing more and more of my great foodie finds and recipes with my readers here on MamaNYC will be a great source of encouragement, so let’s go already!

Just in time to start up my #FoodieFriday adventures, I found a fantastic email today with July 4th recipes in celebration of the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures’ new movie, The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte Le Bon.

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The film is based on the novel, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”, by Richard C. Morais. With a list of star producers like Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake, I am sure this is going to be an instant blockbuster hit!  Although the film will not be released until August 8th, I can start to get excited today when I whip up these yummy dishes for the family!

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Foodie Friday July 4th Recipes:

*Click each image or the title directly below to enlarge and print/save your Foodie Friday July 4th recipes!

Berry Tart Recipe

Raspberry and Blueberry Tarte Recipe

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Curry Hot Dog Recipe

Curry Hot Dog Recipe

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Sparkling Lemonade Recipe

Sparkling Lemonade Recipe 

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  Pasta Salad with Chickpeas Recipe

Pasta Salad with Chickpeas Recipe

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Gratin Dauphinois Recipe

Gratin dauphinois Recipe

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Medeleines Recipe

Madeleines Recipe

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Soupe a l'oignon Recipe

Soupe a l’oignon Recipe

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Quiche Lorraine Recipe

Quiche Lorraine Recipe

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All About The Hundred-Foot Journey:

In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery is nearly cause for a heated battle between the two establishments, until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals.

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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arrives in theaters everywhere on August 8th [Rated PG]. To learn more about the film and its story, follow and like The Hundred-Foot Journeyon all of your favorite social media networks! Also, I would definitely visit the official movie website at 100footjourneymovie.com!

*Follow the official film hashtag, #100FootJourney on Twitter to see what everyone else is saying! Join the conversation and let the suspense build up (August 8th isn’t that far though!!!).

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