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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!
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
"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.
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).
"High above the mucky-muck, castle made of clouds,
There sits Wonderboy, sitting oh so proudly.
Not much to say when you're high above the mucky-muck.
Wonderboy, what is the secret of your power?
Wonderboy, won't you take me far away from the mucky-muck man?"
Above are lyrics from Tenacious D's Wonderboy. They have nothing to do with this film other than the fact they repeatedly call Hercules Wonderboy in the movie, and I was so bored my mind kept wondering and thinking of the song. The 2 1/2 stars are because it held my 2 year Olds attention for most of the runtime.
"Hercules" is a good movie, but a step down from the early 90's Disney animation renaissance. By the late 90s, it seems Disney filtered down what was working into a formula and left it on auto-pilot. Sixteen years later, the animation still looks great, especially the big action scenes like Herc fighting the Hydra. James Woods is on fire (har!) as Hades, and might be in the top 3 all-time Disney villains. But that's kind of it.
Something just never clicks with "Hercules" in the same way it did for say "Aladdin." It could be that it's too earnest and too saccharine sweet at times. It could be Hercules himself who is just kind of boring. They try to make…
There was a time when this was one of my favorite Disney movies, especially growing up. Now, I just think it's good. I think my main issue with this movie is how it incorporates modern pop culture into Greek mythology. Frankly, I don't like the fit at all. My one exception to this is a quick gag that involves sipping a Hercules beverage at a really inappropriate time. That was pretty funny. Everything else kind of rubbed me the wrong way. However, the rest of the movie is more hit than miss. James Woods as Hades is one of the most inspired casting choices Disney has ever done and his wickedly sarcastic and fast-talking performance is still hilarious. And the…
I was feeling pretty sick and miserable last night, and needed something familiar and comforting to watch rather than something new, and this fit the bill perfectly. James Woods as Hades is just great. I love him.
If I'd seen this as a child, maybe I would have loved it. Watching it as an adult, the story is too formulaic (even by Disney standards) and the songs massively unmemorable. Not bad, just average.
"Thanks for everything, Herc. It's been a real slice."
Great songs. Great character design. Great fun.
James Woods is excellent and Susan Egan's Meg is a breath of fresh air in comparison to many Disney female characters.
This movie is best watched with friends who will pick apart every unbelievable detail.
Not exactly sure what has inspired these Disney movies but decided to watch Hercules. Not bad! The plot is standard Disney fare but what can you do. Great looking film with some good music. James Wood as Hades is easily this film's biggest accomplishment.
The opposite problem of Hunchback of Notre Dame, great songs but a terrible script.
Over the years, Disney has put out many prominent films. Disney's Hercules holds a dear spot in my heart, I was 7 when this came out so I probably fit into the perfect age group this movie was trying to pull in. Hercules has a fitting voice (Tate Donovan), he's funny, goofy, and heroic. All characters are rightly established, Hades (James Woods), Meg (Susan Egan) - Hercules' love interest, and Philoctetes (Danny DeVito) - Hercules' trainer all perform marvelously. Their voices adapt nicely and they seemed to have fun making this childhood classic of mine. Like many of Disney's animated movies, it's a little on the short or medium size ranging at an hour and a half. However, it's all packaged nicely and the plot comes to a good ending. This is one of my favorites and in the 90's, Disney was still making good movies.
Definitely not the best Disney animation pretty poor actually surprisingly but its a decent movie because of its fun characters.
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