Forgotten Gem: Disney's Hercules

Take a bunch of film obsessed losers people, stick them in a pub, let the booze flow and sooner or later heated debates regarding movies will crop up. I'm dedicating this week's Forgotten Gem to Disney's Hercules; a wonderful, funny, vibrant, Disney classic littered with toe-tapping sing-a-long tunes.

Disney's back catalogue always throws up some controversial statements and my opinion that The Lion King is one of the most overrated films of all time was greeted with gasps and death stares. It amazes me that everyone goes batshit crazy over a film that is in no way better than The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, Dumbo, The Sword In The Stone, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood or Aladdin and completely ignore this cracker.

Unlike most Disney films there is no dramatic death of a parent and no sniveling tearjerker moments but just like many Disney classics, it's the villian who steals the show. James Woods has a knack for making people laugh by losing his temper and his turn as Hades is almost as good as Pat Carroll as Ursula. Supporting characters (voiced by Danny DeVito, Rip Torn and Bobcat Goldthwait amongst others) all hit the mark so well that I'm going to politely ignore Megara aka Meg. She were rubbish.

Hercules was the 35th film in the Disney Animated Classics series and was directed by the Gods known as Ron Clements and John Musker. Because it didn't match the success of the early-90s releases, Hercules is regarded as the beginning of the end for hand drawn animation which makes people who haven't seen it think it's crap. It isn't.

Actually, I think I'll watch it right now. Bye.