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Big Hero 6 - BBC1

A teen and his robot play the heroes
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A sweet-natured robot and his teen charge get to play heroes in this Disney animation. 4/5 stars

Looking like a walking marshmallow and moving with a dainty waddle, loveable robot Baymax is the best thing about this family-friendly film based on a Marvel Comics series.

The tubby inflatable automaton gives the film its heart and humour as 'a personal health care companion' who gets pushed into a more actively heroic role by teen tech prodigy Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) when a supervillain in a kabuki mask starts running amok in his hometown.

Yet for all the whizzy flying scenes and fisticuffs, the film becomes a lot less engaging when the plot takes this turn, revealing itself as yet another origin story for a band of (this time super-geeky) superheroes.