Hercules is another one of those Disney films I hadn’t seen when I was a child. So I came in with no frame of reference for it, and my reaction to it is pure.
It was almost exactly what I was expecting — tail end of Disney Renaissance, maintaining a good deal of the magic of the earlier films and including more and more of the little things that annoy me from the more recent films.
But even if there are parts that annoy me — the music is good, the visuals are outstanding, and the story works. And there’s some great characterization with the characters of Meg and Hades (and the voice work there is outstanding). That, to me, adds up to a great film, no matter what I think is wrong with it.