Thursday, June 14, 2007
10th Anniversary Of Hercules' Premiere...
Ten years ago today Walt Disney Pictures premiered it's animated feature "Hercules" at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York.
I know that the Walt Disney Company considered the box office for this film to be a disappointment(Eisner and the Suits were upset this "Second Golden Age" film didn't gross 100 million). I've always thought it was an overlooked gem. This retelling of the classic Greek myth adapted by John Musker & Ron Clements was filled with many funny inside jokes and a bevy of memorable songs. If you haven't seen it or haven't seen it in a while, give it another look. You may be pleasantly surprised.
This was Musker & Clements' follow up to "Aladdin", their fourth team up and was made during the early days of Disney having the Suits oversee creative decisions on it's animated films. Their next film is the highly anticipated "The Princess and the Frog" which returns Walt Disney to the world of 2D animation.