What is Big Hero 6 about? Well, it’s “just about a 14 year old genius who becomes a superhero with all his other friends and robot in a fused San Fransisco and Tokyo city.” Yeah, well this is what a lot of kids might say, but Big Hero 6 is more than just that. The movie, though appealing to the youngsters with Baymax casually saying, “Are you satisfied with my care?”, the film is much more than that for mature audiences. It speaks of grief after a loved one has departed and since it’s All Souls’ Day tomorrow, I figured it would be a nice topic to share how Disney has expressed its views over grief.
There are five basic stages for grief that is dealt with in the movie, Hiro Hamada going through each and every one of them. The first stage is denial. After Tadashi’s (Hiro’s older brother) death, Hiro has kept himself in isolation, not enrolling at the university he wanted to go to with his brother and not answering calls from his friends or rather, his brothers’ friends.
The second stage dealt was bargaining. After Hiro had found out that his “microbots” were stolen he had figured that perhaps his brother’s death was not an accident. Throughout the film, he had searched for an answer.
Anger is the third stage. After Hiro finds out that the professor Tadashi was trying to save which resulted to his unfortunate death was still alive, he threw out a fit and almost had him killed. If it weren’t for his friends, Hiro might have become a murderer.
Hiro eventually dealt with depression after Baymax reminded him that Tadashi was always in his heart and that his brother had seeked to help others which Hiro should continue with him still being alive.
He soon accepted his brother’s death when he forgave the professor’s wrong doings which he had done out of revenge as he was still stuck in the anger stage of grief, after having thought that he had lost his daughter through an unstable science experiment.
Yes, the film dwelled on such an essential subject which many of us go through at times. It shows that we can go through grief especially with someone guiding us. Tadashi served as Hiro’s own beacon of light through Baymax as he purely comforted Hiro — an action many of us should learn to do when a loved one is grief-stricken.
So this All Souls’ day, if you’re feeling quite lonely, always remember that you are never alone. And to those who have people with them who are grief-stricken, don’t set to ask why they’re lonely or force them to say why they’re lonely. Just comfort them and stay by their side and everything will be all right.