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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…
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
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.
Uneven, but solid enough Disney outing. Weird & bizarre, but entertaining.
Hercules is a good movie but compared to other excellent movies by Disney, it's only "good". It does some some really good funny moments but it doesn't have that magic charm like Aladdin, Pinocchio, etc...Overall, it's a good family movie 6/10 or 3/5
This isn't one of the better 90's Disney movies, but it has a few entertaining moments. James Woods is great as Hades, but the animation quality is really lacking compared to other 90's Disney classics like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.
Yes this is my first watching this. It was great. My personal highlight was Danny Devito. Gorgeous animation. Gorgeous voice acting. Everything was pretty great here.
Great film, I didn't really like the first few "gospel" songs but the rest is brilliant.
James Woods is the star of this Greek mythology inspired addition to the huge Disney pantheon. His turn as Hades is inventive, vibrant and often quite funny. He makes for a standout, memorable villain and silly comic relief in the same vein as Robin Williams' Genie in Alladin both at once. The soft, Scarfe inspired animation style doesn't break new ground but it looks nice enough, even if a little lacking in detail with environments. The R&B inspired music consists of mostly forgettable songs, but works.
All in all it's a perfectly watchable and at times impressive film (the hydra and aforementioned James Woods voice performance) even if it finds it's place in the lower echelon of Disney's animated offerings.
I'm going to go ahead and say what makes this one of my favorite Disney films. It's mostly because of one of the most perfect soundtracks to come from a Disney musical. This is one of those movies where if I'm not careful, "Zero to Hero" will get stuck in my head out of nowhere. I'd also like to say Meg is my favorite female Disney character because she is so complex. She has a backstory and is hesitant to listen to really anyone because of it, and honestly I really want a prequel starring Meg.
However, I've always hated that Disney pretty much ignored most of Greek mythology for this film. Firstly, Zeus and Hera were not the parents…
No puedo ser objetivo con estas películas.
"Hercules" es posiblemente el clásico Disney noventero que más tarda en arrancar, pues hasta que aparecen Phil y Meg apenas hay nada destacable. Pero, al igual que su protagonista, la cinta va aumentando su fuerza con el paso de los minutos.
Los mentados Phil y Meg, junto a Hades, son uno de sus puntos fuertes. Los dos personajes masculinos son muy divertidos, y la chica no es un mero interés romántico sino que es uno de los personajes Disney más carismáticos e interesantes.
Esta película tiene el foco mucho más centrado en la vía cómica que otras obras de la casa, con un uso constante de gags, anacronismos y referencias. Y, aún así,…
(Last Updated: 31 January 2016)
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