Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Zero to Hero!
Bestowed with superhuman strength, a young mortal named Hercules sets out to prove himself a hero in the eyes of his father, the great god Zeus. Along with his friends Pegasus, a flying horse, and Phil, a personal trainer, Hercules is tricked by the hilarious, hotheaded villain Hades, who's plotting to take over Mount Olympus!
"I've got 24 hours to get rid of this bozo, or the entire scheme I've been setting up for 18 years goes up in smoke....AND YOU ARE WEARING HIS MERCHANDISE??????"
It's pretty disappointing that this is still the best Hercules movie I've seen, considering that it still isn't *great*. Is it seriously too much to ask for a historically-accurate Herc movie that doesn't make him a gladiator or turn him into Robin Hood?
Anyways, gotta focus on this movie. The songs are silly, the action is silly, James Woods hams the hell out of Hades (but it's a glorious performance). So it's all pretty silly...but it's fun which, right off the bat, is better than I can say about any Herc movie I've seen. One of Disney's lesser "animated classics", but still good enough.
"Two thumbs way, way up"
No, James Woods, not quite. Not quite.
Hercules is a film that doesn’t stray far from the Disney formula but what it lacks in surprises and originality it makes up for in its brisk pacing and breezy tone. Directed by the duo of Ron Clements and John Musker, two men heavily involved in the studio’s ‘90s renaissance, this is a stylish and brightly animated family film that gets by thanks to its relentless energy and charm.
Having practically exhausted every famous fairy tale it was only a matter of time before the house of mouse turned their attention to Greek mythology. Even with so many stories to choose from it is hardly surprising they chose the story of Hercules, not least because it is one of the…
Animation Sunday 2015 #12
I remember as a kid that Hercules used to be one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. There was some oomph of energy that was breezing by in my youth that made the film highly enjoyable and entertaining. But that was until I revisited the film in 2011, which I don't know if I was having a bad day or something, but something didn't click and I disregarded it as one of the worst Disney films ever made. Though Hercules is often regarded as the film that led to the slowly but surely downfall of the Disney Renaissance, after revisiting this odd film yet again, and looking at all their 90's hits in general, there's not…
Review In A Nutshell:
There is a reason why John Musker and Ron Clements are my favourite directors from the Disney studio; they were the ones that brought life back in the studio’s feature animation, capturing the souls once again of its viewers, the same way that Walt Disney and his Nine Old Men were able to achieve in the studio’s initial prime. It all started with The Little Mermaid, Musker and Clements providing a modern take on the studio’s core values, a slow push of reality in the vein of its characters that audiences could finally find ease in relating to them and the journey, whether internal or physical, they embark on. The directors would move on to make…
"Is... Is that the voice of James Woods?"
"I don't know."
"I think it is."
Turns out it was.
So there's that.
The platformer 'Hercules' for the Mega Drive/Genesis was quite good too, I seem to remember. Difficult, but fun.
Did you know there are two live-action Hercules films with huge budgets, completely independent of each other, coming out in 2014? One of them has The Rock and Lovejoy in it. The other I don't really know anything about.
I'm basically trying to skirt around the issue that this isn't a very good movie. Sorry. I know to some people that's sacrilegious to chastise a Disney movie, but it is actually pretty rubbish. It's only ever funny when it's unintentional, the bloody music / dance number in the middle of the film goes on for an age but I suppose at least it looked quite pretty.
Hercules might not stack up with the classics, Disney pantheon, but the film is fast paced and filled with pop culture references that makes it undeniably fun.
Even by Disney standards, this is a very unfaithful adaptation (heck, I had a children's Greek mythology book that didn't shy away from the violence) but, eh, it's a decent watch.
I liked the PS1 game more.
A very different looking disney film that stands strong through the test of time... get it? strong? ;)
i'll show myself out.
Best movie ever made
Jealous Hades (James Woods) plots to overthrow his brother Zeus (Rip Torn) and rule Mount Olympus by killing Hercules (Tate Donovan), Zeus's infant son. He sends his minions, Pain and Panic, to give the child a formula designed to make him mortal, but they fail to give him all of it. Deprived of immortality, but maintaining superhuman strength, he's found by human farmers and raised as their son.
As a teenager, Hercules discovers his true heritage, and learns he can regain his place among the gods by becoming a "true hero." He convinces famed trainer Philoctetes (Danny Devito) to come out of retirement and aid him in his quest. During their training he meets, and falls in love with, Megara.…
Disney Scavenger hunt
So it's 1997, same year as ''Batman & Robin''(AAAAHHHH!!!!), Disney gave us ''Hercules.'' Well ''Hercules'' has it's haters and it's fans, comedic moments like Danny Deveto goat, Hades, Pain & Panic, and Pop Culture references that will make you say ''Uh, this is what Robin Williams did in ''Aladdin'' with stuff that won't exist for hundreds of years,'' but still it's creative. The Gospel sounding songs, now I thought that was a little creative, and I did like Meg's love song, plus ''Go the Distance'' (if you want, you can call it the ''Let it go of 1997). ''Hercules'' is a good but not a great Disney movie, but I see it has it's fans and haters.
'' WILL YOU FORGET THE HEAD SLICING THING!!!''
Forever my favourite Disney movie.
It's a lesser classic. A Disneyfied version of Greek myth that (obviously) cannot go into the bloody truth of the tale.
The voice actors give it their all. Danny Devito, James Woods, and others infuse their characters with pathos and humour. There can be times where the characters veer into annoying, especially Hades' minions.
On its face there are great gags and the songs are hummable earworms. But it doesn't quite stick its landing. When looking through the Disney canon there are a couple dozen other films that are better. Hercules might not slay, but it does go the distance.
This was my favourite Disney movie as a kid, and it still is! Hercules is the best! It has the perfect blend of hope and sheer utter terror. The animation still holds up today and the design of Hades and the underworld are still beautifully scary. I love how the art design mimics greek art and i love all the music pieces that are like gospel choir epics. All time favourite and so good for sick days :~)
(Last Updated: 28 July 2015)
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