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Today is National Hugging Day (held every year on January 21), and for 2015 (after much deliberation and even more hugging), Baymax, the lovable personal companion robot and star of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award-Nominated film BIG HERO 6 was today named “Most Huggable Character of 2015”! To celebrate, a new montage of Baymax’s “most huggable moments” has been released and can be seen below. According to the Ambassador of Hugs, Kevin Zaborney (founder and creator of National Hugging Day), Baymax humbly accepted the award from his residence in San Fransokyo where he attributed the honor to his “non-threatening, huggable design” and said he looks forward to spending the upcoming year giving and receiving hugs from all.

National Hugging Day was created to encourage people around the world show more affection in public. There is only one way you are supposed to celebrate the holiday: offer a hug to anyone and everyone you want.

Coincidentally, The Rock Daughters and I were having a little BIG HERO 6 jam here at Rock Father HQ yesterday, spinning the FALL OUT BOY track “Immortals” on limited-edition Baymax Vinyl:

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Past winners of the Most Huggable Awards have included Joan Rivers who wrote after receiving her award, “I’m tempted to start saying ‘Can we hug?’ instead of ‘Can we talk'” alluding to her participating in a telephone company ad; Jeff Ondash (aka Teddy McHuggins); Tessla Queen (bingtopia.com); and Mata Amritanandamayi (Kerela, India known as the “Hugging Saint”).

Baymax and Hiro

BIG HERO 6 will come home on Digital HD/Disney Movies Anywhere Feb. 3 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack Feb. 24. Stay tuned, as I will be headed to Los Angeles as one of the #BigHero6Bloggers next month to bring back an exclusive look inside the film.

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