Escape From Uncanny Valley: 'Big Hero 6' and the Need for Cute

November 5, 2014 1:08 PM

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Escape From Uncanny Valley: 'Big Hero 6' and the Need for Cute

Baymax of Disney's "Big Hero 6" is a robot unlike any we've seen onscreen. His inflatable, soft limbs and belly remind us more of a balloon from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade than a device with a lithium-ion battery. But what makes him endearing goes beyond his outward appearance. Indeed, we're learning that marrying a cute design with human quirks gives beloved film robots something akin to a soul.

Based on a Marvel Comics series, "Big Hero 6" shows the bond between Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit of "30 Rock"), a teenage robotics prodigy named Hiro (Ryan Potter), and Hiro's friends in San Fransokyo, a metropolis mash-up of Japanese and American culture. Designed as a nurse, Baymax diagnoses ail...

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