Balloon Man

By: Connor Lenahan

I am getting way too old to to go see animated movies. When you’re a 20 year old walking into a Disney film there better be a great reason. I mean, it’s one thing if it’s a connection straight to your childhood, like Monsters University, but seeing a brand new story is a bit odd. At least, this was my thought before this weekend.

When I went to go see the superb Guardians of the Galaxy this past Sunday I was greeted with a trailer for something I had never heard of before. This project, Big Hero 6, was the latest from Disney. Simply by seeing the Magic Kingdom pop up it was apparent this movie would be good.

Nothing in this trailer matters except for the giant, white balloon man. Surely he has a name, but I don’t care too look it up. Why? because I’m laughing too hard at everything he does. Nothing makes me laugh harder than over-innocence. That’s why Ralph Wiggum will always be hilarious.

The second I heard him say “I am not fast” robotically for the first time I lost it. I almost jumped out of my chair I was laughing so hard. I couldn’t contain myself as he repaired leaks in his body. When he slurs “we jumped out a WINDOW” I was on the verge of tears. And when he hold his “hairy baby” I knew that Big Hero 6 was destined to win every single Oscar this year. It’s perfect.

I don’t care that there will be plenty of confused adults wondering why a bearded man is seeing Big Hero 6 alone while eating Reese’s Pieces at a furious clip. I need to see this movie. This is all I want.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a sophomore at Boston University, majoring in journalism.