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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!
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…
First half of the movie was pretty weak....especially for a Disney Animated Movie. Second half was much better. The movie borrows heavily from other Disney movies as I saw parts of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Mulan in Hercules. Music is average at best. Kept the kids entertained...but they did not want to watch the movie again when it went off....that is a bad sign in my house. Ranked 27th of 54 movies are my Disney Animation Cogerson Movie Score table. cogersonmoviescore.com/disney-animated-movies-best-to-worst.html
"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.
"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.
This formulaic Disney musical keeps accumulating more formulas as it goes along. In an attempt to “punch up” the Greek myth, Hercules compiles pop-culture references and genre tropes that are not only crudely envisioned, but often downright contradictory to the story at hand. Consider, for instance, that the Greek chorus narrating this ancient myth is envisioned as a group of African-American soul divas belting a 1970s-style song titled “The Gospel Truth.” Talk about worldview dissonance. Other irrational creative decisions follow: Danny DeVito as the New Yawkish satyr/trainer to our bland hero Hercules; a femme fatale romantic interest who swings her hips like Jessica Rabbit and talks like she’s in The Big Sleep. Even the lone spark of creativity – James Woods’ Hades, who sports flaming blue hair – has an odd hint of Jewish caricature. Overall, a hiccup for the hallowed Disney directing team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog).
I've wanted to see this possible-favourite Disney offering again for years, and it turns out that most of my fond memories are from the TV series instead. The movie's alright, but boy does it mess with the myth.
One of my favourite Disney movies growing up. This is a little different from the rest, not going down the princess route and having used slightly different animation. I love Greece and Greek God myths so this did not disappoint. Meg was able to take care of herself, which is a change as not all female leads can. Nice Greek God myths and legends intertwined throughout the story. I particularly loved Phil voiced by Danny Devito who was prefect for the role. A great Greek adventure.
If it is possible for a film from the Disney renaissance to be overlooked, Hercules may in fact be that film.
The Disneyfied version of the famous Greek myths, Hercules is a well-animated, throughly enjoyable film, albeit one that never really reaches much higher in its aims. It's not going to reinvent the wheel, certainly, but for what it is its an amusing enough diversion.
I think the problem here lies in the characters that inhabit the film. Hercules feels milquetoast bland as a protagonist and, while its certainly necessary to gloss over many of the details concerning the myths of Hercules (both for Disney reasons as well as the constraints of time), we never really feel a connection to…
Zeus (voz de Rip Torn) e Hera (Samantha Eggar) têm seu filho Hércules (Tate Donovan), mas Hades (James Woods) o faz cair na Terra e manda seus lacaios administrarem uma poção que vai tirar o poder do bebê. Porém, falta uma gota e Hercules cresce com uma dose de poder, embora mortal. Após ser criado pelos mortais Alcmena (Barbara Barrie) e Anfitrião (Hal Holbrook)), o garoto cresce como um pária na sociedade grega por ser exageradamente forte. Então descobre sua ligação com o Olimpo e busca o treinamento de Filoctetes (Danny DeVito) para se tornar um herói. Mas Hades descobre e usa Mégara (Susan Egan) para tentar desencaminhar o rapaz.
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Finally got around to wwatcjing my bluray copy. Looks fantastic and it's still one of my favorite animated Disney films. Really love the music in this one and the humor is perfect.
One of my favourite kid flicks.
A great story, cast, soundtrack.
A must for all, young and old.
God, I love this film. Give me some good old Disney and I'm happy. It is kinda historically correct, it's funny and has a strong female lead. Combine it with the amazing James Woods portraying Hades and you have a winner.
My review -- this film is now on DVD, in honesty I found this film to be highly irritating. Simply because of the ongoing musicals, now for those people who actually know me, they know I do like my musicals. But Hercules 1997 has no fluency, the musical aspect is very disorganized, for a quick example -- one the songs begins somewhere at the beginning of the film and it drifts away for a couple of scenes frankly it stops replaced with dialogue and without warning the original song begins again, this pattern repeats twice more on the same song. The storyline is sadly hardly predictable, it has no Walt Disney twist of individualism which let’s be honest Walt Disney…
This is the first time I have seen this film and I'll admit it, I didn't love it. I didn't hate it either but nothing really grabbed me. The songs weren't catchy enough for me, the humour was laboured and forced (Karate Kid reference, I'm looking at you) and some of the jokes were a bit too grown up. Unless kids love sexual harassment gags and it's me who's out of touch.
Just a big bag of 'meh', really although James Woods is awesome as Hades.
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