Hercules (1997)

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Ron Clements and John Musker direct Tate Donovan, James Woods and Danny Devito in this animated musical retelling of the greek myth. 

The beginning of the end of the Disney renaissance. There’s good… Woods’ and Devito’s spirited voice-work, the muses’ gospel and soul narration, a slightly more complicated love interest in Meg… but none of it is great, and it all certainly doesn’t add up to the sum of its parts. The Gerald Scarfe designed characters are unusual but flatten out too much in the animation process. Woods takes aims for showstopping shtick of the genie in Aladdin but isn’t given the gags, the plot aims for Aladdin’s fluid gripping action sequences but lack the kinetic sweep that made that blockbuster bust blocks. Why not just watch Aladdin instead?

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