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Michelin's product placement is OUT OF CONTROL.
'Big Hero 6' clever
social commentary

Where's Josh Groban?

ixim Karuasnian
guests on 2 Broke

Disney's new hits Hiro hard. He cloisters
himself in his-room, refusing to
animated flick enroll in his classes, continue
fettures diverse a working on his projects or
fecast respond to his friends' attempts
By VANESSA WONG to reach out to him. When
DailyArts Writer Hiro says "ow" in reaction to
dropping something on his
Listen up and listen carefully: toe he inadvertently activates
"Big Hero 6" has adorable Baymax (Scott Adsit, TV's "30
superhero robots, a car chase, Rock"), Tadashi's health-care
great social robot.
representation Oh, Baymax. Inflating out of
and a touching A the box to a plump, waddling
moral figure with circular, unblinking
storyline, Big. eyes, he self-describes his
which no doubt Hero 6 interface as "cuddly" and aims to
equates to improve everyone's mental and
movie success. Rave and emotional health. His genuine
Hiro Quality 16 selflessness shines through
Tamada (Ryan Disney misunderstandings of social
Potter, TV's conventions, like when Hiro's
"Supah Ninjas"), a 14-year- failed attempt to teach him how
old genius, spends his time to fist bump results in his own,
inventing robotic technology. idiosyncratic interpretation
He invents microbots that is adorably hilarious. When
controlled by thought that Hiro and his friends form the
impress Professor Robert Big Hero,6 r pand undertake
Callaghan (James Cromwel; an expemition to bring down a
"Secretariat"), who offers him villain who stole his microbots
a place in the prestigious "nerd for evil purposes, Hiro updates
school" college program that his Baymax's programming to fit
older brother Tadashi (Daniel the job. He teaches Hiro about
Henney, "X-Men Origins: the importance of not letting
Wolverine") also attends, and anger lead to revenge and,
Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk, TV's eventually, helps Hiro recover
"Suburgatory"), a corporate from Tadashi's death.
tycoon who offers to buy This is perhaps one of the
Hiro'sinvention. Ultimately, he most diverse animated films
chooses to follow in Tadashi's yet. We've seen people of color
footsteps and go to college, featured as Disney leads before,
but amidst the goofy brotherly but "Big Hero 6" handles it in a
celebration that follows, modern fashion similar to "The
disaster strikes: the university Princess and the Frog", where
building ignites in flames and the characters are treated as
Tadashi dies trying to save actual human beings rather
Professor Callaghan. The loss than having their race exploited

for an ethnic storyline. It's
refreshing to see, and marks
a step up in terms of social
representation in media.
Additionally, "6" both defies
stereotypes and embraces
individuality. When Hiro
nervously approaches the stage
for his presentation, Gogo
(Jamie Chung, "Sorority Row")
tells him to "stop whining and
woman up." She also takes
the wheel over from Wasabi
(Damon Wayans Jr., TV's "New
Girl") in a car chase when he
refuses to drive aggressively
enough for her liking. Gogo,
you go! With regards to Wasabi,
he, screaming loudly whenever
something scary happens and
overly abiding to all rules,
breaks down the perception
that a Black male must be
intimidating. Even Honey
Lemon's (Genesis Rodriguez,
"What to Expect When You're
Expecting") stylish and high-
tech purse outfitted with
color bombs embraces her
girly girl persona instead of
mocking it for its supposed
superficiality. Rounding out the
"Big Hero 6" crew is Fred (T.J.
Miller, "Transformers: Age of
Extinction"), an enthusiastic
comic book and superhero
fanatic. The group uplifts the
whole film with their boundless
energy and optimism just as
they do to Hiro.
With a lovable and well-
fleshed out cast of characters
and a compelling, funny plot,
"Big Hero 6" doesn't fail Walt
Disney's name. It may be a
children's movie, but its appeal
stretches wide and far.

Daily Arts Writer assum

"I know how hard us girls
really work to keep our businesses
going, so I'll take a cupcake,"
said Kim
Kardashian, [
what was 2 Broke
probably the Girls
best line of
her 60-second Mondays
in the season at 8:00 p.m.
four premiere CBS
of "2 Broke
Girls." Despite coming from the
definition of an air-headed icon,
the quote gets at something
deeper than Max and Caroline's
hardships in getting their
cupcake business running - it
alludes to the struggle of the
show itself to find its footing in,
the cutthroat world of comedy.,
"2 Broke Girls," created by
Michael Patrick King ("Sex and
the City"), firstpremiered on CBS
in 2011 and was met with mixed
reviews.Theshowis setinaseedy
Williamsburg neighborhood
of Brooklyn, outside the rich
district of NYC, and it follows
two "broke" roommates Max
Black (Kat Dennings, "Nick and
Norah's Infinite Playlist") and
Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs,
"Castle") and their struggle to
save enough money waitressing
to open a cupcake shop.
Despite their shared dream,
the two girls are polar opposites:
Max is the daughter of a single,

to the
and lo
find e
a Broo
was r
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ng-class mother, who is show - and Max and Caroline's
edtohave somesortofdrug window-run cupcake stand -
ion and a slew of deadbeat Kim Kardashian agreed to make
ends, while Caroline, new an appearance. In the episode,
blue-collar life, is a former an agent for the Kardashians
class socialite and Wharton comes to the cupcake window to
ate whose father was ask if the girls would agree to be
t in a shady Ponzi scheme filmed for "Keeping Up with the
st all of his money. The two Kardashians," becausethe family
ach other while working at was passing through and wanted
klyn diner and form a bond footage of being out-and-about in
iscent of a more grown-up Brooklyn.
lie Fitzpatrick and London Caroline, ecstatic about the
n from "The Suite Life of idea of being around "popular"
people, agrees immediately;
Max is more hesitant, but after
several jabs at the family ("I'll
espite their give you five good reasons why
we shouldn't: Kim, Kamber,
ared dream, Klondike, and the little ones
Krispy and Rreme"), she
two girls are agrees that the media-famous
. Kardashians would give them
ar opposites. great publicity. In a turn of
events, the fpmily pulls out of
the filming, claiming that the
shop is too far to walk to in
and Cody." Max is raunchy heels. Outraged, Max bakes
realistic while Caroline a batch of "hate cupcakes,"
her Paris Hilton-esque transcribed with sayings like
like a shield, desperately "bite me," and delivers them to
ig onto the belief that her the Kardashians' hotel; then,
nt pennilessness is just a bending all the rules of fan-star
reality, Kim tweets a picture of
e unlikely pair's chemistry the cupcakes with the chilling
the show - their rapid-fire caption "not cool." She has
r, though often borderline a change of heart, however,
ive, is why "2 Broke Girls" because later - in the climactic
enewed for a fourth season, moment of the show - Kim rolls
ess than the prime time slot up to the girls' stand in her limo.
rly occupied by "How I Met The starstruck girls give her a
Mother." cupcake on the house, though
at's a lot of pressure on two Kim deftly slips them a $100 tip
girls. Fortunately for the before sauntering away.





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