Fun times with Big Hero 6

For many of us, film and television hold a special place in our hearts because it is such an immersive experience combining many different forms of art when done well.

Animation has been the go to medium for me to get my imagination socks kicked off, after books of course, and I have watched so many great series and films that it’s hard to pick which ones to talk about first. But since I happened to re-watch Big Hero 6 yesterday, it gets the spotlight today.

Disney has been involved in most of the biggest works of animation in our history, even being responsible for much of Studio Ghiblis work being distributed outside of Japan.

You have to hand it to them, they have produced some outstanding work, and Big Hero 6 was a fantastic edition to their repertoire.

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The film meshes sadness and loss, silly humor and courage very well, albeit in a way that makes no sense in some instances(but that’s why we watch animation, to be pushed out of the norm) and manages to create a small cast of characters that you can relate to and feel like family very quickly.

Fred is probably the biggest reason that everyone seems to come together so easily as he is just such a lovable character, his enthusiasm for life is magnetic.

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Combine him with Wasabis quirkiness, GoGos badass-ness(woman up!), Honey Lemons energy, and Hiro’s emotion and you have a great little group. Throw in the adorableness that is Baymax, and your heart will melt.

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From an artistic perspective, the world is really vibrant and filled with life. Color is so well used in this film, and San Fransokyo, an eclectic mix of San Francisco and Tokyo is very, very cool, the kind of place we all wished we lived in.

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The build up to Tadashis death, and the heartache of his passing is difficult to deal with. Hiros journey of discovery of who was responsible, his seeking of revenge and then learning to deal with the rage and realizing that Tadashi would not have wanted him to become a villain was very well done.

The pacing never feels rushed, yet manages to really show some growth and development not only of Hiro and his ties to the group, but even allowing Baymax, a robot, to shift and change from a very stiff, formal medical robot into a fun friend that brings the group together.

Overall the film pulls off some great twists, throwing you around emotionally while getting you really invested in its characters.

I am thoroughly happy to hear that there will be a second film coming out in 2020, although I hope they have decided to separate the films from the tv series, so that there isn’t any confusion for those who haven’t watched it.

I would highly recommend everyone check this movie out if they haven’t seen it, as it’ll really juice your inner child’s happy place.

A fresh start

From open sores my lifeblood seeps

Draining down into spaces between

Here, there and Neverwhere

Emptying out the filth

Purging me of you, of us

Of all that could have been

A fresh start, somewhere between

Here, there and everywhere

These veins flow endlessly

Leaving behind the memory of you

-Jason B

The three points of change in our lives

There are three different points in our lives when big changes occur, and where we are along the spectrum of these points can alter the way we live significantly.

The what was Before; before you turned 31, before you got that job, before you lost her, before you made all the mistakes you made.

The what comes After; you learn from your mistakes, find new purpose, strive to be better than your past self, grow and grow until you reach that light you have been searching for for years.

The In-Between is what gets you every time; where all that was before haunts you, and all that comes After is still in front of you but seemingly out of reach, no matter how many days and weeks pass, you can see the After but cannot grasp it.

You’re stuck in the In-Between. It hurts here, not like Before,  when all that pain and suffering was fresh. No, it hurts like a stubbed toe, the knowing you should have and could have avoided all those mistakes if you had just been better, paid more attention, not been such a klutz, such a failure, but you didn’t and now you’re stuck here, in this place you don’t want to be, with all this regret.

It’s embarrassing, but you’re lost and confused and no matter how much you know that you should walk towards the After you know is right there around the corner, you’re so damn exhausted and the ground looks so soft and inviting that you may as well lie down and rest, you deserve to rest after all because the Before was so bad.

But you don’t deserve it, far from it, and you know it but rest anyway and you hate yourself and are disgusted. And now the In-Between is all there is, it is who you are, just a failure.

Until one day, for no reason you can pinpoint too, or a multitude of reasons, you wake up and realize that Before was just a part of life and you maybe made a lot of mistakes but it isn’t over because After is just right there around that stupid corner.

And there you are. Around the corner, in the After.

Life isn’t perfect here, but there is a sense of possibility, of good things, of hope.

All it took was a bit of time to get here, but you made it.

Congratulations.

Immortalized

Spilled ink on paper

Remnants of days filled with memories of you

Memories that bled joy and sorrow

A lifetimes worth of feeling trapped within

Like old stone weathered by storm

This is how I remember you

Like roots of Ancient trees

Old Gods, unseeing

Seeped into every inch of me

Immortalized

-Jason B

 

The in-between

This Life flays the Soul

Disparate parts, decaying, lifeless

Strips the Spirit bare of Meaning

I circle through Life again and again

Searching for the Spark of Joy

Spoken of in childhood hopes and scattered dreams

Until Death holds me by the throat

I choke on this thing called Life

For there are no answers here

In the in-between

Only whispered lies and false promises

-Jason B