Running Time: 1:32
Disney has done it again. Another masterpiece in animation. After a letdown in Pocahontas, and after slowly coming back in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney has come back to the kind of story that made Disney animation famous. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King all had superior animation, a good story, but most importantly, they were fun to watch. With Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney started to head towards more serious stories, forgetting that the main audience to their films were children. And children want to be entertained. Hercules does just that. From start to finish its filled with images and music that keep you wanting more. Hercules is the story of a young boy, child of the might god Zeus, stolen from the heavens, and brought to earth by the evil Hades (voice of James Woods). Hades wants to take over the world but has been warned that if Hercules fights, Hades will not win. So Hercules is made into a mortal, and Hades must destroy Hercules if he wants to take over the world. Sounds like a serious story, but with James Woods playing Hades as a used car salesman, and Hercules being trained by Phil (voice of Danny DeVito), the humor takes over. Unlike The Hunchback which may have been a little too much for younger children to handle, Hercules is fun for everyone. And once again, the images Disney animators can attain are amazing. It looks so real you forget that you're watching, in essence, a cartoon. From Zero to Hero, Hercules is the family film of the summer.