Christian Themes In Big Hero 6 | Finding Christ In Cinema

In Walt Disney’s Big Hero 6 Hiro Hamada discovers that his beloved brother Tadashi lives on – in an unexpected way – though Baymax, his “personal healthcare companion.” What a picture of Jesus and the Holy Spirit! Learn how to use this delightful film for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with friends.

Vengeance Is Mine

When Hiro and the team first form the Big Hero 6, their mission is to destroy the microbots’ neurotransmitter in the Kabuki mask. Complications arise when the team finds out that it isn’t just anybody wearing the mask but instead someone Hiro’s brother Tadashi died trying to save.

A spirit of anger and hatred overcomes Hiro when this comes out, and he orders Baymax to destroy his brother’s murderer. But Hiro finally understands that his brother Tadashi is still alive through Baymax, and he can move on to extend that kindness and love to that murderer. But Hiro would not have been able to do all that if he was still seeking revenge for Tadashi.

If I Go, I Will Send Him To You

Baymax is comforting Hiro the whole time. This type of comforting and encouragement is comparable to that of the Holy Spirit. In fact, Baymax could be understood as an image of the Holy Spirit. Just as Tadashi, although gone, is still present via Baymax, Jesus, also gone, is still present via the Holy Spirit. In John’s gospel, almost the entire dialogue in the Upper Room is Jesus telling his disciples that the Holy Spirit will take his place in their lives. The Holy Spirit is just as comforting and just as encouraging as Jesus.

Key Texts:

  • Matthew 5:38-39: You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.
  • Matthew 28:20: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Christian Themes In Big Hero 6

In Finding Christ In Cinema we dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. We take a closer look at the stories they tell and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back. Together we explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and see how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation and ultimately our Christian walk.

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