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One of Disney's most underrated TV shows.
Sure, it takes a lot of liberties with Greek mythology and Greek history. It's not even totally faithful to the 1997 movie with the same name, to which it's supposed to be a "midquel". But still, "Hercules" is rather educational (there are facts about mythology and history in it, if you only care to look for them) and really funny. It must be one of Disney's most underrated TV shows ever!
It follows the adventures of the young demigod Hercules, who's not only a hero in training (he lives with his trainer Philoctetes), so it's often up to him to stop the plans of his evil uncle Hades, the lord of the Underworld, or to solve other problems. But he also has to go to High School, just like any other teenager, and face typical teenage issues. He's got two best friends, Icarus and Cassandra, but he's often taunted by Adonis, the arrogant prince of Thrace, who considers him "a loser".
The ancient Greek gods, like Zeus, Hera, Ares, Athena, Apollon, Artemis, Demeter, Bacchus, Aphrodite, Poseidon, the Muses and Hermes, all make appearances, and so do many heroes and monsters from Greek mythology. And like other reviewers have said, this show also have an impressive cast list, even for guest roles. So if you can, check it out!
Me and "Duck Tales"
I first watched this show back in 1991 and 1992, when I was only seven years old. This was only season 2 though, you know, the episodes with Bubba and Fenton/Gizmoduck. I've never gotten that much into season 1, and for many years, I didn't even know, that an earlier season even existed, because that season was shown on a different channel, which I didn't even have until years later. But even as a little girl, I really liked season 2. The boys in my class must have liked it too, because I remember them building Gizmoduck figurines out of some kind of building kit. And they must have re-enacted the episodes from TV too, because I specifically remember them quoting Mrs Crackshell "But Fenton, we never spend any time together", except they did it in Swedish, of course.
Fortunately, I taped a lot of episodes (though in hindsight, I wish I would have taped even more of them, especially those with Fenton), and I watched them now and then throughout the 90s. And then in early 2002, ten years after these episodes had last been shown on Swedish TV, I watched my old tapes again. And as I now was seventeen years old, going on eighteen, I could see them in a more mature light. And I started thinking "Isn't Fenton cute?" I somehow forgot about it over the summer though, until I watched those tapes again in the fall. And soon enough, it became obvious, that Fenton Crackshell had become one of my cartoon crushes. (Yep, I've had my fair share of those.) I soon managed to get all episodes with him in English, and in 2004, half of these episodes were once again shown on Swedish TV, which allowed to finally tape some of the episodes, that I hadn't had in Swedish before.
And even if I disregard Fenton for a moment (okay, that's hard for me, but I'll try), this must be one of the best Disney shows ever. I must agree with the general consensus here. Especially season 2 shows so much quality, that it can entertain adults and children alike. I haven't seen much of season 1, but from the little I've seen of it, it comes across as more childish to me. But of course, since children was the main target group, there's no harm in that.
I rate this show (or really, season 2, since I haven't seen much of season 1) 9 out of 10. It could have been a perfect 10, if it hadn't been for two details, which just bother me. One is that Gandra Dee, Fenton's girlfriend, is so wrong for him, that I won't even get started on it here. And the other one is that Webby was so marginalized in season 2. Maybe there were so many characters in the end, that there wasn't much space left for her. But she still lived at the McDuck mansion, right? So they should have shown her more, even if it only had been her playing with Huey, Dewie and Louie, and given her more lines.
One of my favorites.
Once again, I check out the user comments for a great Disney TV show only to be surprised at the many negative reviews. This is one of my favorite TV shows ever from Disney. It's full of adventure and humor, and I don't think Aladdin and Jasmine are as two-dimensional as many other reviewers here have claimed. Okay, I have to admit, that Genie, Jago and sometimes Abu are the funny characters, not Aladdin and Jasmine, but that doesn't make them two-dimensional. This show is a classic of the 90s, and it deserves every praise it can get. Many Disney shows are ones, that I used to watch back in the day, but now, I don't like them anymore. But "Aladdin" will never get too childish or too disgusting or too annoying for me.
The Emperor's New School (2006)
While I understood, that this show is too weird to please everybody, I don't get where all these bad reviews come from, and I'm most surprised over the bad reviews, that it has gotten from fans of the movies. I liked it and got hooked on it since the first episode I watched. It's a little messed up though, that Kuzco was put into school. And it seems to be High School rather than College. But I guess he's only eighteen, right, so it's not like he's too old to get educated? And haven't the royals always had to get the best education avaible to them? So the "Kuzco has to graduate, or he won't become emperor" thing doesn't sound too weird for me. And I guess his education was neglected before, so that's why he has to be educated now.
The excellent story continues...
Before you read this, you should read my comment for "Utvandrarna" ("The emigrants"). You should also watch the first movie before you watch this one. But let's start with this comment now, shall we? This movie is based on two novels by Vilhelm Moberg: "Nybyggarna" ("The new settlers") and "Sista brevet till Sverige" ("The last letter to Sweden"). The emigrants from Småland in Sweden have now settled down in Minnesota in America. This movie starts in the 1850s and end in the 1890s. Kristina never really adjusts to her new home in America and always misses her beloved Sweden. Her husband Karl Oskar on the other hand has no regrets. After all, aren't they richer now than anybody they knew in Sweden, and aren't their children going to have a better life now? Kristina's uncle Danjel and his family can't have any regrets either. After all, they don't have to fear the prosecution from the Church of Sweden anymore. Robert and Arvid go to California to join the Gold rush. But things don't turn out as good as they would liked too... But no character from the previous movie becomes as rich and successful as the former prostitute Ulrika. And the saga can continue...
Everybody in the world with Swedish background should see this!
I just want to thank my grandmother (my mother's mother) for buying these four novels some time during her long lifetime and letting me inherit them after her death three years ago. Even though I haven't read all way through them since 2000, I still appreciate having them in my collection, and Grandma even saved me some bucks by letting me inherit her copies. I might also add, that these books were among the few ones, that her husband (my grandfather and my mother's father) ever even looked into, according to Mum. Vilhelm Moberg sure is one of our greatest writers over here in Sweden of all time. If we move over to the movie, it's really good at following the books. I hate it when film-makers do unnecessary changes in the story, when they turn novels into movies. But fortunately, Troell actually followed the books really well. And I really understand, that Vilhelm Moberg wanted him and no one else to make these novels into movies.
The first movie, "Utvandrarna" (The emigrants), is thus a really great movie adaption of the two novels "Utvandrarna" ("The emigrants") and "Invandrarna" ("The immigrants"). It's about how some people from Småland in Sweden decide to emigrate to America in the year 1850. We have Karl Oskar Nilsson, who decides to move to America with his wife Kristina and their children and his younger brother Robert. Even though Kristina was reluctant to leave Sweden, Karl Oskar convinces her to emigrate after their oldest daughter dies, so that the rest of the children can have better lives. Robert is forever marked by how he was treated by his master, when he was a farmhand, and wants to leave for the free country in the west, where servants can't be treated badly. Robert's friend Arvid is accused of having sex with a cow and wants to get away from that nasty rumor and follow Robert to the golden land in the west. Kristina's uncle Danjel and his wife Inga-Lena has to flee Sweden because of religious reasons. The former prostitute Ulrika and her illegitimate daughter Elin don't have anything to lose either. Jonas Petter, a neighbor of Karl Oskar and Kristina, just wants to get away from his unhappy marriage. After a hard journey over the Atlantic, these people come to Minnesota, where there already are a lot of Swedish people.
The story is continued in the movie "Nybyggarna" (The new land).
I totally love Zilly!
Does anybody else have Zilly as their favorite from this show? I'm not even starting to talk about the other characters. Others have already done that, and no other character is nearly as interesting as Zilly to me. Zilly is, of course, the coward of the show, so how he ended up as a pilot is beyond me. But he has somehow learned how to fly an airplane, so I guess that got him the job somehow. He often tries to run away from the tasks his boss Dick Dastardly puts him up too. The dog Mutley then has to make him do what he's supposed to do anyway by chasing him and bringing him back before he can get away. He often says things like "Oh dear!" and "Oh my!", when he thinks something is going to be dangerous. He's the only one to understand what Klunk says, and he has to be a translator. It is never explained why he can understand Klunk, while no one else can. I have suspected, that they somehow grew up together, and that they know each other from childhood, and that's why Zilly understands him. Well, that's it. Except that no one has mentioned the general. He's so funny, even though we don't ever see anything more of him than his hand. He often calls Dick Dastardly and his men on a phone, and we hear his angry voice on the other side of the line.
Astérix et Cléopâtre (1968)
I think this is the best of all the Asterix stories.
Well, well, well... I managed to find this movie one morning in late December of 1994, so I could record it on my VCR, and I have watched it now and then ever since. About "Asterix" in general, I can only say, that I only like it for one thing: Its historical setting and its mention of ancient gods and goddesses. Otherwise, it can't compare to let's say "Tintin" when it comes to quality. But about this story in particular, where the Gauls Asterix, Obelix and Getafix have to go to Egypt to help queen Cleopatra's architect to build a temple for Julius Ceasar within three months, I must say, that it has to be one of my favorite "Asterix" stories of all time.
The Wiz (1978)
Michael is the cutest scarecrow on Earth!
I admit that I would never have watched this movie, if it hadn't been for who played the scarecrow: Michael Jackson! I didn't even bother to record the parts of the story in the beginning or in the end with no Mike in it, when I recorded back in 1999. But I don't regret watching it, because Michael is so cute as the scarecrow! I even have to admit, that I actually even a thing about any scarecrow for a while back in 1999/2000 because of how cute Michael is in this movie. A 20-year-old Michael Jackson just can't be anything but lovely to me, of course, but this scarecrow part was just so right for him. He has also said, that no other part in this movie would have suited him. And his singing in this movie! Oh, "You can't win" was such a great song for him! And "Ease on down the road" is good too. And even if we wouldn't think about Mike, which is hard for me, but let's try for a moment, this movie still is better than "The wizard of Oz" from 1939, which is nothing but boring in my opinion.
Probably not for the MJ bashers, no, but yes, it's great for us fans!
Actually this movie has silly moments, both in the claymation part and in the Joe Pesci and children part, and it's much worse than other MJ movies like "The Wiz", "Captain Eo" and "Ghosts". But as a die hard Michael Jackson fan since almost eleven years, (Yeah, that's half my life, you guys!), I can't complain too much about it. Just seeing this lovely guy and hearing his wonderful music is a trip to Heaven for me. But as a movie, it's not good at all, and I'm afraid, that it would get a much lower grade for me, if my darling Mike hadn't been the one starring in it. But since no one but Mike IS the moonwalker, it has to get a 7 out of 10 from me.