My Neighbor Baymax

My Neighbor BaymaxBravo, Disney. Bravo.

This lovely art was drawn by Jin Kim, a character designer for Walt Disney Animation Studios. It uses the Japan-inspired setting of Disney’s Big Hero Six to pay homage to Japan’s greatest animation studio, the amazing Studio Ghibli.

For comparison, here’s the image from My Neighbor Totoro on which Kim’s picture is based.

Totoro in the rainI really enjoyed Big Hero Six, the first animated Disney movie based on Marvel comic book characters. In fact, it’s one of my favorite films of the past five years. Its story hit all the right notes for me, and its visuals are jaw-dropping. Despite being much more Disney than it is Marvel, Big Hero Six avoids most of Disney’s clichés. There are no princesses; there is no romance; the villain is not pointlessly evil. Big Hero Six is a film about brotherly love, coping with loss, and the futility of revenge. It’s pretty deep stuff… for Disney, anyway.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen Big Hero Six, you should go watch it. And then, regardless of whether you’ve already seen it, you should watch My Neighbor Totoro. You’ll thank me later.

2 thoughts on “My Neighbor Baymax

  1. I was going to get all up in ‘yo face about how cliche and decidedly average Big Hero 6 was to me, but I must admit (shamefully) I have not seen My Neighbor Totoro. My animator’s license should be revoked and my opinion of films stricken from the record.

    That said, Jin Kim is quite the artist. I don’t know if you’ve seen his other art, but if you have a moment I highly recommend staring in awe.

    • As tempted as I am to get all up in yo’ face about the things I admired in Big Hero 6, I’ll spare you my opinions… for now. 🙂 My Neighbor Totoro is a classic. As Studio Ghibli’s most iconic film, it’s awfully overhyped, yet remains a touching and beautiful family film. It’s definitely worth watching.

      Jin Kim’s art is fantastic. Heaven knows I’m no expert, but the dynamic range of his character’s expressions is delightful.

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