Greek myth by way of the Rocky series; with a Motown-influenced soundtrack that almost made me wish I was watching the Little Shop of Horrors instead. It's one of the more eclectic Disney productions, benefiting from Gerald Scarfe's imaginative monster designs & the voice casting of DeVito & Woods; although it could've pushed its exploration of the underworld & the more serious aspects of the story a little further.
Super Hero Cliche's, Gaping Plot Holes, and a main character who's such an idiot but so wide eyed you can't help but "feel sorry for him". I'd rather punch him in the face, I actually want the villain to win (but seriously the villain is the best thing about this movie). But still, I've seen tighter screenplays in Disney's Direct to video schlock.
One of the last great animated Disney films - laced with mythology-based humour that is funny to both a child and adult, great characters, and the colourful, inventive traditional animation that Disney was known for in the 90s. After The Emperor's New Groove a couple years later, everything went downhill in a hurry for animated features - unless you fancy all the tepid, computer stuff.
This one, while it has some pretty good songs and is a step up from say Hunchback or Pocahontas, struggles from attempting to be too close to early 90s Disney. But without Howard Ashman - that charm quickly fell to pieces. And here the Greek Chorus is a little too close to Ashman's work in Little Shop.