Today we’re talking about the 1994 film Gargoyles the Movie: The Heroes Awaken.
For a Disney animated show in the 90’s, it was groundbreaking. Looking at it through a modern lens, it’s predictable and slow paced.
As much as it was packaged as a movie, it’s not really a movie. It’s obviously a first episode to a television show.
The characters are iconic, not just because of the fantastic voice actors but because of the story arcs throughout the run of the show.
That being said, there are fat jokes that make me roll my eyes and very little development of anyone but Goliath.
I do have to give it it’s due in that it’s one of the most diverse casts of the 90’s.
The odd plethora of accents in the Gargoyles is weird. I wish they’d made a quick mention of why they weren’t speaking Gaelic or Middle English.
The introduction of slang was funny and well played.
Some of the lines were great, but there was a lot of dialogue that felt overly verbose for no reason.
I did appreciate how everything Xanatos said could be taken in multiple ways.
Visuals and Music
The animation was standard Disney television from the 80’s and 90’s. It was uneven with spots of brilliance.
The music was impressive for what it was. I’m very impressed with it.
This was a lot of fun. Both kids loved it (despite the 5yo not wanting to watch it to start with). I enjoyed it and the rest of the adults were long time fans.
Despite some uneven pacing and animation, the movie delivers an excellent introduction for the classic television show that follows, but it doesn’t stand on its own.
Final Score: 3 Stars out of 5