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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…
"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.
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.
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 can't believe I have spent seventeen years on Earth without watching this movie... I am well and truly disgraced at myself and my behaviour. This film is amazing, a probably inaccurate retelling of the story of the mighty Hercules and his rise to prominence in Ancient Greece. However what makes it wonderful is the impeccable Disney touch, the humour, the heartwarming moments and the fabulous songs, and not forgetting of course, the distinctive and unique animation.
I have been a big Disney fan since I was a kid, but I had never seen this before and I can't believe that I haven't! It was honestly one of the best Disney movies.
This is the Disney we need. If you know me at all you know I don't have the kindest words about Disney. It's because I think they could be doing so much better now. Movies like Hercules, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast are beautifully made, charming films. The older ones like Robin Hood and Aristocats are lovely too. All of the modern ones seem to be relying on the princess trope (except for Big Hero 6 which I never saw because it honestly doesn't interest me). I prefer 2D animation, but will totally watch and respect CG when it's done innovatively. Disney s just churning out the same old same old. The LEGO Movie was a technical…
Hercules was the first film that I can remember watching in a cinema and for that alone I'll always have a special affinity for what might not be the best of the Disney bunch. Thankfully, I also still appreciate Hercules where some kids films fall short with me it has enough going on that it never bothered me. I still remember bits and pieces of the Hydra fight on the big screen (although watching this time around I had a different appreciation of the 2d-3d Hydra animation) and the violent flashes of rage that Hades (James Woods) that are so colourfully contrasted its animation that visually it stuck. I never realised how sexually suggestive and how explicitly sexual Meg is…
Friday night nostalgia.
This is neither the best nor the worst traditionally animated film from Disney. In fact, ipicking the best stuff is easy. Picking the worst-mediocre stuff is a challenge, especially considering how damn good Disney's track record was/is.
From what I rmember, this takes liberties with the myth, but it's still pretty fun and entertaining. It's got a good voice cast too, and the look and style are also quite appealing. As far as the specific plot goes (considering I don't remember much of it or the myth), I don't recall much except for lots of action, lots of humor, some good songs, and an awesome fight with the hydra. In fact, I think that's the one thing I rememebr most…
Hercules er en af Disney´s absolut bedste film. En film som stadigvæk i dag er fantastisk sjov, musisk og flot. Hades er også en af de bedste skurke blandt Disneys repatoire af velkendte karakterer, og samtidig virker Hercules rigtig godt som helt.
En rigtig Disney klassiker fra deres gyldne 90´er periode.
Standard disney fun that stands out by bringing a snappy pace, silly tone, and a great sense of adventure. I'd never heard of James Woods but he plays Hades amazingly. Meg is super sassy and is a pretty strong female character as far as damsels in distress go.
Hercules himself could have been a bit more likable and there are a few more slapstick gags than necessary, but the fact I was willing to watch this as a kid in spite of the songs makes a statement.
meg is still my fave
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