Sitting down to pick a classic film no longer needs to be difficult. Centering around my biggest flaw, decisions have never been something I have been good at. Extremely indecisive and picky, landing on a new film remains impossible, which should only credit my opinions surrounding the most ultimate films of all time. Shining on the screen in bright blue and gold advertising, the most obvious choice is Hercules. The Disney animated movie from 1997 ventures through the life Hercules lived from his humble beginnings which quickly evolved into a mission. With a plot straying from a typical Disney movie, the movie about the muscular, ginger god Hercules speedily captures its audience with a quickly paced plot and phenomenal music. The movie follows the struggling hero who requires the guidance of a trainer of gods to aid him throughout the mental and physical journey. Learning about what comes with being a hero, the animated film quickly falls into the classic Disney movie ebb and flow of a handsome man meeting the world’s most breathtaking female character (in this movie’s case: Meg). The two undoubtedly maintain a rocky relationship throughout the movie as more modern day ideas of love are expressed–especially in one of the best songs in the movie “I Won’t Say (I’m In Love)–and add to the climax and resolution of the movie.
Deserving of its own article (which I indeed wrote last year, do not worry), the Hercules soundtrack is simply the ninth wonder of the world (coming in right after a Taylor Swift concert). I dream to one day own a physical copy of the soundtrack so that, for generations to come, the masses are knowledgeable about this masterpiece. Embarrassingly unparalleled to any other Disney soundtrack, the movie’s music puts all others to shame. Written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel, the movie’s music highlights a consistent theme, as well as a more bold and newer sound when compared to other Disney works. Flowing with a notable gospel sound and work with a variety vocal ranges the singers behind this album exemplify to goals Menken and Zippel clearly had for this collection of short songs.
This movie clearly reigns superior not only for the plot which involves a different experimentation with music and character development, but the overall variety of this film’s theme of Greek mythology highlighting notable figures with a classic Disney twist.