Disney during its difficult mid-’90s phase.
Directors John Musker and Ron Clements had led the ’toon resurgence with The Little Mermaid and Aladdin earlier, but Hercules shows definite signs of creative fatigue.
The animation is halfway bold, a classical Greek-influenced look sadly blemished by bland touches, while James Woods’ Hollywood agent-esque Hades is both the best thing in the movie and a safe retread of Robin Williams’ revelatory Genie.
It’s a product of crisis – while Pixar was changing animation forever, the lack of ideas here weighs heavy.
Paltry extras, too: A Making Of and Ricky Martin music video are all you get.
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