WHEN HERA, THE CONSTANTLY SCHEMING QUEEN OF THE GODS, DECIDES IT'S TIME TO RULE THE UNIVERSE, SHE PLOTS A TAKEOVER BY FREEING THE DREADED TITANS FROM THE UNDERWORLD WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN IMPRISONED FOR EONS.
J. Williams | the depths of Lake Erie | 12/18/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"But I will try to explain the movie's effect on me. This was perhaps the worst piece of animation I have ever seen in my life. If Universal had any sort of pride (or sense), they would have at least viewed this mess and done something to fix it. I was totally disappointed in this. I wanted more Xena (and more Kevin Smith as Ares, RIP), and this was the only thing I hadn't seen, and it just made me cry.
However, it was an excellent laugh. I was giggling throughout the film from the entire absurdity of the plot and dialogue. The animation could only be weeped at (why did Xena's hair have red highlights, why was Hercules' shirt so messed up, why did all the normally attractive actors who play the roles look so horrible animated?), but the songs were so bad and the story so silly I couldn't help it.
So, if you are dying for something else Xena/Hercules (anything!), then do take this movie out of the library. It is a fun laugh with the voices of the actors on the two shows. But I wouldn't buy it unless I was a collector of the series' stuff."
What were they thinking?
Xoandre | IL, USA | 05/31/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"They took these two amazing television shows that has an average viewing age of 20 and made a poor-quality animated movie meant for kids around age 8.Universal truly needs to get a clue. I mean the landscaping was cheap slops of paint on cels that were very far from realistic. And, while they may have some meaningful style for the creators or artists, they have nothing to do with the story or series. The animation is about the equivalent of the original Snow White (not cleaned up) with a Saturday morning cartoon quality. The characters do the most obnoxious things and I can see why Sam Raimi chose a "Executive Producer" credit instead of a director one.Story: mediocre. Zeus abducts Hercules's mom and flies off to Mount Olympus just as Herc tries to stop them and fails. Hera, jealous at Zeus's audacity, steals a stone from a pedestal in the middle of the throne room. This stone is apparently the essence of Earth and the source of the Gods' powers. Hera unleashes the titans and they all climb Mount Olympus. Herc decides to save mommy by climbing Olympus. Artemis and Hades choose Xena as their hero after Herc turns them down. Aphrodite spends more time surfing her shell-board than making any sense. After that it all falls apart and it is a mediocre film. I rented it to see if it was worth the money. If you have kids who may have seen the series (doubtful) they will love this. I am surprised they got away with the singing and the opening to the movie that is almost verbatim and identical in introduction as the Disney movie a few years ago...Better animation and better story would have helped.
But Universal apparently did not look at this before they released it. Oh, one last thing: they must have rushed through the coloration, as Xena's warrior suit is plain white with pencil outlines in a few cutscenes. How poor is that?"
Great movie but animation BLOWS!
Nightmare | 04/07/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"this would have been a great movie if it was real and not animated. the animation was so crappy it ruined the movie, otherwise i give it a 3 out of 5."
What is with this cheap amimation?
Nightmare | 01/21/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Okay. To start I'm used to seeing snow, and after seeing the animated Herc and Xena...I'd rather watch snow (as in static snow at the end of the tape. Yes, don't get me wrong, I am a great fan of Hercules and Xena. And beacuse of the bounderies live action possesses I was completely thrilled that it was decided: that a cartoon was to be made. YA-HOO! It would have been great too. The original cast and a really great story idea, that could have easily spawned sequels...in a word Sucked ( just because of the cheap(I can't draw) artist!?! rendition of the actors and the really slow, throw back to 1960's anmimation. Why? Oh, the humanity. The (movie) Gods should be merciful, and never allow the same artists to ever create another cartoon again. Thanks For Listening, The movie amazon, MOUSE"
I actually liked it,
Xoandre | 03/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The only reason i gave it only 4 stars and not 5 was the lack of Gabrielle. The Animation is fine. I like modern animation and this was a good example. I also thought that Xena's song in the middle of the film was great"