Big Hero 6 and Why I Shouldn’t Give Up My Day Job

I did not know very much about this movie at all before seeing it with Bob and our girls this past weekend and it’s probably a good thing, too, since no preconceived notions and expectations usually equals a more enjoyable experience.  And since, I’m far from being a professional movie critic (although I did ace a couple of film appreciation classes in college, thank you very much), I will refrain from trying to dissect the elements of this fun movie.  Oops, if I call it a “fun” movie, does that mean I just reviewed it?

I must admit I was a little distracted by the visual elements throughout the movie.  This fictional futuristic fusion city of San Fransokyo is a hybrid of San Francisco and Tokyo.  It’s a much grander version of many urban areas with Japanese enclave communities – San Francisco’s Japantown, Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, NYC’s East Village, Vancouver’s Japantown, for instance, just to name a few.  The architecture, the people, the signage all made for a very interesting place which I would probably highly rate on Tripadviser.  For “A Tour of ‘San Fransokyo,’ the Hybrid City Disney Built for Big Hero 6,” click on the image below.

A Tour of 'San Fransokyo,' the Hybrid City Disney Built for Big Hero 6

So, as I said, I was a bit distracted with all the fun elements of this city – the Lucky Cat cafe that had cute maneki neko images dotted throughout including a noren at the entrance, the daruma that I spotted in Hiro’s room, the donabe that looked very much like one we carry that held the cash prizes for Bot Fight winners, and the aforementioned fusion architecture and signage.

I was watching this movie, trying to keep from bawling over the storyline while simultaneously trying to keep from giggling at my youngest who actually IS bawling, and the recurring thought in my mind was, this would be a great city for selling Miya Company products!

This is a type of disease, by the way, that I can only describe as an occupational hazard – I’m not enjoying the storyline as deeply as I could because I’m lost in thinking I’d love to sell Aunt Cass some mugs for her cafe!  This is the same disorder that compels Bob and me (and many of our friends and family members) to instinctively look at the underside of dishes and bowls in almost any retail store and Japanese restaurant to see if it one of ours.

I can’t wait for the movie to come out on DVD just so I can pause it to see all the details of the different elements!

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Big Hero 6 Movie Screenshot Aunt Cass Maya Rudolph

In any case, I loved that there was a mix of girls/boys as superheroes!  Loved that my girls could see there were female engineers/scientists/brainiacs!  Loved that they could also kick butt!  Loved that creativity was encouraged and celebrated over bot fighting!  So, yes, Big Hero 6 is a Must See!

As in, I must see it again because I lied, I was actually bawling as much as my 7-year-old and the sound of our combined sniffling kept me from hearing a lot of the movie…

For actual reviews of Big Hero 6, check out Rotten Tomatoes.

Haha no Hi

It is almost “Haha no hi!” (read “ha ha no hee”)

No, this isn’t a flashback to Lamaze class.  “Haha no hi” means “Mother’s Day” in Japanese.  It’s celebrated on the second Sunday in May, as it is in the U.S.  And just as in the rest of the world on Mother’s Day, the kids try to do something nice for the moms.  Usually in the form of carnations.   So, since there may be a shortage of carnations if you have not yet reserved some for this Sunday, I found a really beautiful alternative to the real thing.

I found this at:  FoldingTrees.com

Gorgeous!

You will need:

  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • 2 large paper clips
  • Pipe cleaners (chenille stems) or floral wire
  • Coloured marker pen
  • Optional: floral wire, floral tape, wire cutters

For complete instructions, please go to FoldingTrees.com by clicking on the image above.

I’m looking forward to trying to make these with my girls.  But if being crafty is not your thing, you might consider a nice covered mug like this:

I think I’ll get my mom & mother-in-law this pretty covered mug. It has a ceramic strainer for steeping loose tea leaves. And a cover so that she can keep her tea hot longer. Which is perfect for when she gets interrupted so many times by my kids (when I drop them off with Grandma for some free babysitting.)  I’m so considerate…

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!