Talking Tadashi is Here from Big Hero 6

For the first time, Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams discuss the crucial “Tadashi is Here” scene — one of Disney’s best in years – in which Hiro discovers the video of his late brother documenting his struggle to perfect Baymax. It marks a turning point in Hiro’s misguided attempt to reprogram Baymax into a killer, which runs counter to Tadashi’s vision of Baymax as a healer.

Bill Desowitz: Let’s break down this very important scene.

Don Hall: I’m glad you’re doing this particular piece because this scene is one of the ones I’m most proud of in my whole career. The emotion in the scene’s pretty raw, it’s pretty real. We knew we had a great scene there, but it took a lot of iterations to get it right. In fact, the first iteration of the scene actually was more about Hiro and Aunt Cass. It was really a cathartic moment for those two to come together and it was a beautiful scene, but it had nothing to do with the rest of the movie. And it existed in isolation from the core of the movie. The holy trinity of the movie is Hiro, Tadashi, and Baymax. And so we had to scrap it, start all over and rewrite it.

Chris Williams: But there was always a sense that there needed to be an emotionally cathartic scene that needed to be in that place.

DH: Story structure wise, it is the low moment of the movie. And we’ve taken Hiro, quite frankly, to an extremely dark place. He’s come to the realization that the person who’s responsible for his brother’s death is his mentor. And not only that, he’s completely remorseless. And that causes Hiro to seek vengeance so this scene had to start there and go in some sort of catharsis.

As far as Baymax goes, he’s really the driver of the scene. He asks questions of Hiro. And we did some research. We brought in a child psychologist and some of her colleagues who are social workers who deal specifically with loss in young people. And they kept saying what they do is ask questions. And continue to ask questions until the patient comes to a realization on their own. To me, we cracked that scene after we talked to those people because that’s essentially what Baymax is doing, especially when he asks: “Is terminating Professor Callaghan going to help you? Is it going to heal you?” Those are very pointed questions that are uncomfortable or Hiro. But he’s trying to strip away those layers of emotion and anger to get at the underlying problem.

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