Disney's new animated "Big Hero 6," based on an obscure Marvel comic, is one of those films that people walk into out of curiosity and walk away, as a Vulture reviewer puts it, with "emotional whiplash."

More than a good vibes, however, "Big Hero 6" shines in the way it glorifies science, exposing kids to the welcome and needed message that being a nerd is cool. "You can see (that) things have changed, and nerd culture is the culture," co-director Chris Williams told USA Today.

Critics have been quick to pick up on the pro-nerd plotline, with Lisa Kennedy of the Denver Post writing:

"'Big Hero 6' celebrates nerd culture. And not merely the pop-culture- obsessed version (comic books) but the let's-invent-something-cool kind. Hey, kids, this PG flick asserts, it's good be taken with technology, crushed out on code, wowed by chemistry."

Adds io9's Charlie Anders: "The film's characters are pretty much all science geeks, and a lot of the most enjoyable scenes involve them geeking out about materials science and the difference between a titanium skeleton and a carbon fiber skeleton." He goes on to call "Big Hero 6" the year's best science-fiction film (topping "Guardians of the Galaxy") simply because of its geeky celebration of science saving the world. 

The film is currently enjoying a 89% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Check out a trailer below.  

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

'Big Hero 6' has big heart and big love for nerds
New animated film celebrates science, friendship and the joys of being a geek.