Taking liberties with Greek myth and using bright and creative animation based off the works of Gerald Scarfe this is a fun and fast-paced Disney film. Not only was Meg and her 40's screwball dame an impressive character but James Woods steals the show with Hades as he attains the comedic charm similar to Robin Williams' Genie.
Along with "Hunchback" and "Mulan," "Hercules" is proof that the nineties were a high-point for Disney. As with those unqualified classics, here effort is put into not only into recreating the story for children, but honoring its source and interpreting it uniquely; risks were taken with these films, especially here, and most of them pay off. The story being narrated in gospel style by the muses might sound odd at first; but while watching, you couldn't imagine the story told in any other way. James Woods knocks it out of the park and eradicates the archetypal low-voiced, droning Disney villain.