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Brothers Tadashi and Hiro have lost their parents at young ages, and now, as teenagers, live with their aunt. She loves the boys, and is doing her best to raise them, even though she did not really have much experience with kids starting out. Tadashi, the older brother, has found his niche working in a University “nerd lab” in robotics. Hiro, even though he is highly intelligent as well, prefers illegal robot fighting to make a quick buck. Once Tadashi shows his brother all of the projects he and his friends are working on at the university, though, Hiro changes his mind, and is determined to attend the university, too. Only a brilliant project at the upcoming science fair will get him into the program, so he immediately gets to work. The stress of the situation throws him into a mental block at first, but his brother is there to “shake things up: and get him to “look at it from a new angle”. At the science fair, Hiro’s micro bots are a huge success: tiny robots that can link together any way a person wants, using a mental transmitter to control them. He is offered acceptance to the university, much to both Tadashi’s and his aunt’s pride. Before their celebration gets under way, though, a fire breaks out at the science fair. Tadashi goes into the building to help when he learns that his mentor, Professor Callahan, was still inside. An explosion goes off right after he goes in.
The loss of his brother is too much for Hiro to bear, and he secludes himself in his room, ignoring the calls from the university for him to start classes. One day, he accidentally activates his brother’s science project: a robotic healthcare assistant he called Baymax. He also finds on of his own micro bots in a hoodie pocket that is twitching as if it is trying to go somewhere. Hiro assumes the micro bot is broken, and ignores it. Shortly afterwards, he is shocked when he realizes that Baymax has left the house with the micro bot in order to see where it is trying to go. Hiro chases both robots to an old warehouse, where someone has created more of his micro bots. This confuses him since he believes that all of the others were destroyed in the university explosion. He is compelled to find out the identity of the man in the mask is that he saw controlling the micro bots, and wants to know why he has made more. In Baymax’s effort to help Hiro, he brings Tadashi’s “nerd” friends in. After the mysterious masked man chases them down and nearly kills them, Hiro “upgrades” the whole group, including Baymax, to battle the villain and find out the truth.
When you lose a loved one, it’s easy to be angry. As Hiro discovers who he feels is responsible for the death of his beloved brother, it becomes too much for his emotions to handle, and he thinks of nothing but revenge. Tadashi was someone who loved to help others. He created a healthcare robot to help save people. He was not one who would likely approve of violence. Once Hiro was able to fully accept that revenge would not change his grief, coupled by the fact that it would not have been Tadashi’s wish to harm anyone, he was able to release the pain that he had for so long kept bottle up inside. Making decisions during times of great anger or hurt often end badly. Once the bitter emotions have subsided, the mind is better equipped to make good choices that will benefit everyone involved as opposed to the destruction of revenge. Fear is another strong emotion that can often immobilize people. One needs to be able to momentarily set aside their fear in order to switch their mode of thinking to find new solutions to problems. These things are very difficult to accomplish alone. Having the help and support from family and friends during times of need are incredibly important.
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Tadashi: I’m not giving up on you.
Tadashi: Shake things up. Look at it from another angle.
Tadashi: You better make this up to Aunt Cass before she eats everything in the cafe.
Hiro: [not really listening] For sure.
Tadashi: And I hope you learned your lesson, bonehead.
Hiro: [faces him, looking honest] Absolutely.
Tadashi: [realizes he’s lying, frustrated] You’re going bot fighting, aren’t you?
Hiro: [casually] There’s a fight across town! If I book, I can still make it!
[He grabs his battle bot and starts to leave. Tadashi grabs him and turns him back around]
Tadashi: [exasperated] WHEN are you going to do something with that big brain of yours?
Hiro: What? Go to college like you? So people can tell me stuff I already know?
Tadashi: [hurt by Hiro’s words] Unbelievable.
Hiro: Actually, if we’re going to catch this guy, I need to upgrade all of you.
Wasabi: Upgrade who now?
Baymax: Those that suffer a loss require support from friends and loved ones.
Fred: [laughs excitedly] Oh-ho yeah, I like where this is heading…
Wasabi: We can’t go up against that guy! We’re nerds!
Honey Lemon: Hiro, we want to help, but we’re just… us.
Hiro: No. You can be WAY more!
Hiro: People keep saying he’s not really gone, as long as we remember him. But it still hurts.
Hiro: [narrating] We didn’t set out to be superheroes. But sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned. The good thing is, my brother wanted to help a lot of people and that’s what we’re gonna do.