The latest offering from Disney Animation comes by way of Marvel, but make no mistake, this one is pure Disney magic, as I say in my video review above.

It’s based on a rather obscure Marvel comic of the same name and marks the first time the comics-driven studio within a studio has been involved in animation. Given how this one has turned out, it surely won’t be the last.  But other than being based on the Marvel comic, this movie is clearly 100% the work of the geniuses at Disney Animation who were also responsible for recent hits, Wreck-It-Ralph  and  the biggest animated hit of all time, Frozen. Like all good animated films this one is grounded in a wonderful relationship between 14 year old  potential genius Hiro and the lovable and helpful robot , Baymax , an invention of his late brother who arrives in time to help with his grief over that loss.  But of course there’s much more , and when an evil force shows up to take of San Fransokyo  (a mash-up city of San Francisco and Tokyo), Hiro , with the help of Baymax and Hiro’s four closest friends form the Avengers-like team of Big Hero 6 to save the day.  This is a total charmer from Disney  and don’t miss the equally charming animated short Feast that precedes it.

The film was directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and features a voice cast including Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk and Maya Rudolph.

Producers are Roy Conli and Disney Animation/Pixar chief John Lasseter. It opens Friday and promises to be one of the holiday’s big hits, perfect fare for families that don’t have a whole lot of choices right now. But you don’t have to be a kid to like this one.

Are you planning to watch the film? If you see it, let us know what you think.