It’s a triple feature as we finish up the Disney Renaissance era of Walt Disney Animation Studios with Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan.
Hercules is honestly kind of a mess. All the creative choices here are a bit strange and don’t always work. Hades is a funny villain, and the story is decent, but it’s also nothing that we haven’t seen before. Animation was inspired by Gerald Scarfe, who did the animation for Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and the music is gospel inspired. The movie isn’t awful, but it’s kind of a mess.
Mulan is a really good movie, honestly, one of Disney’s more underrated movies, especially from this era. Mulan is a strong character, and the songs in the first half are very good. Eddie Murphy also has a few funny moments as Mushu. The side characters are also very entertaining as well, this is a very good movie.
Tarzan, I really couldn’t get into, much like Hercules. But I think this is much more dull than Hercules. The animation is very good, and some of the characters are alright. But it doesn’t have much else going for it. The comic relief is bad, especially from Rosie O’Donnell as one of the apes, and I couldn’t have cared less about the Phil Collins songs. Leave all that on the soft rock/adult contemporary radio station.
On to the Nightly.