Fall Out Boy

Last night I took my 13 year old daughter to her first concert, Fall Out Boy.

I now officially know what my father felt like when he took me to my first ever concert (which was Lita Ford, Black ‘N Blue, and Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force by the way). I felt like a father who’s goal was to make sure things went well, not embarrass your child, and try not to look too out of place. I think I did fairly well in those regards.

Overall, this was one heck of a show. I was surprised by how familiar I was with the majority of FOB’s music. It was nice to hear them sound the same as they do on their albums. I have been to a lot of concerts and there have been a few that were terrible live, but Fall Out Boy is not one of those. They had a big screen flash all kinds of videos and images throughout the set with my personal highlight being when they performed ‘Immortals’ from Disney’s Big Hero 6. During the song they played scenes from the movie and that was the first time I have ever seen a Disney animated film at a rock concert and I must admit I loved it.

My wife and daughter also had a great time and if they want to check out Fall Out Boy again I would not be opposed. Sometimes I get in to ‘old man mode’ regarding modern bands, but I must admit that Fall Out Boy is a damn good band that puts on a great show no mater how old you are.


Big Hero 6

I’ve recently watched Big Hero 6, and I have to say, it’s definitely in my top five favorite Disney movies. It’s a bright movie full of energy, and while it may have them, the darker and sadder parts do not bog down the movie. I will say, it’s not the all-time best Disney movie, but it’s certainly better than Frozen could ever be…in my opinion.

The animation is absolutely fantastic in this movie, it’s stylized in such an appealing way. I do feel like they could have done more dynamic shots, but overall it was a great design for the movie. Of all the characters, I definitely think both Tadashi and Baymax were spot on.

Like all Disney movies, many of us expected for the parents to be dead in the movie. I had previously known that Tadashi, Hiro’s older brother, dies in the movie, but I wasn’t expecting how he died. If you think about it in comic book terms, it’s actually a very open-ended death, and we could see Tadashi in a Big Hero 6 sequel. From what I know, there is a character called Sunfire, and has power involving fire. We could see Tadashi in “Big Hero 7” as Sunfire, and I would personally love that.

I was already sold on Big Hero 6 when I saw the cast. It is such a diverse and solid group, and I feel like it can be easy to relate to the characters. I personally relate to Honey Lemon, constantly wearing heels, the glasses, and bright clothing – but also being more than that, she’s smart and kind and has a sort of unbridled love for everyone. Like all the other characters, I would love for more development for her in the next movie.

I feel like this movie breaks a good amount of stereotypes. Honey Lemon isn’t just a dumb blonde chick, Wasabi isn’t mean and tough, and Go Go Tomago is tough, but she isn’t really mean and cold-hearted. It isn’t like this movie is really ground-breaking, but the fact that Go Go is Korean, Wasabi is African-American, both Tadashi and Hiro are Asian, and Honey Lemon is (supposed to be) Latina, it is considerably different from most movies, and fairly progressive.

Also, Baymax was amazing. He was the absolute best part of this movie. He was so incredibly soft, and from the beginning I think we all just loved him immediately. His design was absolutely perfect, I just don’t think there was another way to make him look so lovable and soft. I’m hoping they come out with more Baymax merchandise, because I would be happy to get more merch of Baymax!

They took a real risk with this movie, and I’m so glad it did so well. I was wanting a sequel before the movie even ended. I can only hope they actually do make a sequel.