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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!
"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…
Though "Hercules" can not compete with the best of Disney's late 20th century output, the Greek mythology-inspired hero quest is still a fun, funny, and animated-action-packed romp. Boasting top-notch songs and inspired designs, the film wrests with a token story and flimsy characters but still makes for an enjoyable and exciting animated fantasy.
John Musker and Ron Clements' take on the demigod finds the son of Zeus and, here, Hera wandering Greece with no knowledge as to his Olympian heritage. Soon, the young hero meets up with a helpful satyr, minions of Hades, and an adoring public as he embarks on a quest become Earth's greatest hero.
The story is a family-friendly rendering of the Hercules myth with a narrative…
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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…
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
It is irritating enough that they alter most of the original legend just for the sake of doing so, but the real problem here is that the jokes and pop references to modern times and American culture are far from smart and get tired fast, with the third act being a silly, unexciting mess.
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Pretty straightforward Disney animated classic, Hercules follows a well known formula without derailing and without surprising.
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Despite the ancient familiarities, this film seems to represent a strong change in Disney, breaking the chains of traditions and tales of formality…
'Hercules' is here and is the newest addition to the animated assembly that is the Disney Classics. This is a strong comeback, in a film where the studio kind of resurrects more than merely returning to form. This is a snappy turn-around for the animation studio, delivering the kind of dangerous entertainment and emotional involvement that we know they can, but while coming off as more free and alive than ever before. Disney truly believes they can go the distance without falling victim to their own superiority and thankfully this shows in their modernized pop culture clash…
God(s) Hercules is a mess, but such an enjoyable mess.
The plot, character development, music, humour, animation, and tone are illogical, confused, sometimes ugly, and very mindless. Yet somehow Hercules is able to find consistent entertainment in all those flaws, mostly because the pace is so fast.
It also helps when the villainous Hades looks awesome and is voiced by the relentlessly energetic, likeable, and convicted James Wood. Or that the femme fatale Meg is so charming and kinda sexy, and gets a good song in "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)." It sucks Hercules himself is so lame, but who cares when Hades and Meg are this fun.
Hercules is a film that's so carelessly happy with itself that you just sit back and enjoy the ride. In that sense it is worth a watch if you're interested in something fast, dumb, and fun.
Pretty dumb. Not one of your better animated movies and not very classically accurate. It could be counterproductive for kids to watch this; their knowledge of Greek mythology will become polluted and they'll never win a proper pub quiz.
This movie was awesome, I liked the action especially when he fought the dragon.
thicc greek demigod daddy
why did they make frozen a musical but not this??? do you know how AMAZING the songs by the muses would sound live???? i would die
Yeah but for real though, Meg is kinda the real hero here. Herc is a lovable, Grecian farmboy who struggles with naivety and finding his real place in the world. On the other hand, Meg has to deal with being a secondary character, always being swept to the side, always in the background, facing disappointment from Pegasus and Phil, objectification from the male ego (Hades even said 'I own you'), she sacrified her soul for love only to face abandonment/adultery, AND she sacrificed herself (again) to save the hero's life. To be honest, I'm just so happy she found everything she wanted in the end, but she's just brilliant.
Re-title to Megara (1997)
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"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.