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The seventh in a line of animated hits begun in 1989 with The Little Mermaid, Disney Studio's Hercules adds a few zingy twists to what is rapidly becoming a formulaic approach. Much brighter in tone than its immediate predecessors The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Pocahontas, possessing a satirical edge close to Aladdin, and a pop music score reminiscent of composer Alan Menkin's Broadway hit Little Shop of Horrors, the story continues the grand Disney tradition of liberally removing the darker elements from classic tales to create a frothy delight suitable for children and adults and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[An] insipid, lifeless, animated feature."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's a winning tall tale, cleverly told and wonderfully voiced..."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"'Hercules' may be second-tier Disney, but it's TOP second tier, not far behind the studio's best animated work."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The most flat-out childish film of the Disney Renaissance: this is both its great triumph and ultimately the reason that it's so hard to care about it all that much."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Scarfe's pointed faces are smoothed out to a drab degree, yet not so they become characters as warm as Disney is capable of."
‑ , Film4
"Chock-full of celeb cameos, puns and contemporary camp, the movie is annoyingly hip."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Another benchmark achievement for the Aladdin team of Musker and Clements."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"[Blu-ray Review] Isn't one of the Mouse House's absolute best, but it is an astutely written entertainment with a keen aesthetic sense and a fun ensemble of characters. For Disney collectors, picking "Hercules" up is a no-brainer. Highly recommended."
‑ Dustin Putman, TheBluFile.com
"Amusing, yes. Fluffy, definitely. But with no more staying power than those Hercules action figures that were already resigned to Odd-Lot by last Christmas."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"One of the best of the modern Disney animation efforts to date."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"This is a bright movie, in both senses of the word."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"What fun!"
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"...compiles pop-culture references and genre tropes that are not only crudely envisioned, but often downright contradictory to the story at hand."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Prepare to spend the summer stepping on plastic satyrs and winged horses."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Remind one of My Little Pony...mental pictures of all the plastic "Hercules" toys that soon will be littering floors and crippling barefoot adults."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
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