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Hercules
     

Hercules

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Director: Ron Clements, John Musker, Tate Donovan, Josh Keaton

Cast: Ron Clements, John Musker, Tate Donovan, Josh Keaton

 

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Disney's animation team dipped into the rich well of ancient mythology for this musical comedy. The son of Greek gods Zeus (voice of Rip Torn) and Hera (Samantha Eggar), Hercules (voice of Josh Keaton) is stolen as a boy by the minions of Hades (voice of James Woods), lord of the underworld. Forced to live among humans, Hercules is turned into a half-god and

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Disney's animation team dipped into the rich well of ancient mythology for this musical comedy. The son of Greek gods Zeus (voice of Rip Torn) and Hera (Samantha Eggar), Hercules (voice of Josh Keaton) is stolen as a boy by the minions of Hades (voice of James Woods), lord of the underworld. Forced to live among humans, Hercules is turned into a half-god and half-mortal after drinking a forbidden potion brewed by Hades' right hand men, Pain (voice of Bob Goldthwait) and Panic (voice of Matt Frewer). Now Hercules has the remarkable strength of a god, but is trapped in the body of a human, and before he learns how to use his power properly he goes through a typically adolescent awkward period. In order to become a god and return to his home on Mount Olympus, Hercules must prove himself a true hero on Earth. With the assistance of Philotes (voice of Danny De Vito), a plucky satyr known as "Phil," the grown-up Hercules (voice of Tate Donovan) learns to use his strength to his advantage and becomes a famous and benevolent protector of those around him, successfully battling a variety of gods and monsters. However, Hades, wanting to cut Hercules down to size, sends his secret weapon after him -- Megara (voice of Susan Egan), a seductively beautiful woman under Hades' control, who is to win Hercules' heart and render him helpless against the forces of the underworld. Acclaimed British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe served as production designer for this project, while Alan Menken wrote the musical score. Incidentally, for the Spanish language version of the film, Latin pop singer Ricky Martin provided the singing voice of Hercules, two years before he became a chart-topping sensation in America with his hit single "Livin' la Vida Loca."

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As popping with winking self-parody as anything Disney has ever put onscreen, Hercules is a delicious send-up of the hero worship heaped on professional athletes, as well as the exuberant and often ridiculous cross-promotional marketing campaigns with which the studio is quite familiar. Using the type of anachronisms that served as a wellspring of sophisticated humor in Aladdin, Hercules turns its title character into an overnight sensation and media darling, complete with his own line of action figures and breakfast cereals. This type of winning self-awareness carries the picture through the familiar story and crisp set pieces that have become Disney's "if it ain't broke don't fix it" formula for success. The wonderfully angular animation jumps off the screen, and some of Disney's best vocal work yet adds contagious giddiness to this breakneck adventure. James Woods stands out as an alternately sarcastic and enraged Hades, while Susan Egan's readings drip with the kind of eyeball-rolling feminist wit that makes her one of Disney's strongest female characters. The studio's knack for casting comic relief continues its winning stride with minions Bobcat Goldthwaite and Matt Frewer, as well as the pint-sized satyr that's a perfect visual incarnation of the pint-sized actor who voices him (Danny De Vito). Hercules deserved to scratch out more than its $100 million domestic take, given the fertile world of Greek myths it conjures with such bursting colors and lampoonish sensibilities.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/1998
UPC:
0786936020205
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tate Donovan Hercules
Josh Keaton Young Hercules
Roger Bart Young Hercules (singing)
Danny DeVito Phil
James Woods Hades
Susan Egan Meg
Bobcat Goldthwait Pain
Matt Frewer Panic
Rip Torn Zeus
Samantha Eggar Hera
Barbara Barrie Alcmene
Hal Holbrook Amphitryon
Paul Shaffer Hermes
Amanda Plummer (The) Fates
Carole Shelley (The) Fates
Paddi Edwards (The) Fates
Charlton Heston Narrator

Technical Credits
Ron Clements Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Musker Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Alice Dewey Producer
Andy Gaskill Art Director
Kendra Halland Associate Producer
Ruth Lambert Casting
Donald McEnery Screenwriter
Irene Mecchi Screenwriter
Alan Menken Score Composer,Songwriter
Gerald Scarfe Production Designer
Bob Shaw Screenwriter
David Zippel Score Composer

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Hercules 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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This is one of my two year olds favorite movies. She is a typical toddler-loves the Disney Princesses, ballerinas, Dora etc... but this is one of the few films that does not follow any of this typical style. My daughter loves female characters, and Meg is not your typical goody-goody type. My daughter loves the muses songs, which are cute and catchy. I tried it out at the library first, and my daughter kept requesting it after it had been returned. I like Woods & DeVios characters-overall an entertaining movie.
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it is a great and rare diseny classic. there is very few merchandise from the movie. it is a great movie and great for kids who are into animated comdeys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the characters and the voices were great. Everyone knows the story of Hercules but the Disney take was cute and the characters wonderful and delightful fun. One to remember and add to your video library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was pretty cool a little bit slow in the beggining but over all its a good movie this movie is about a boy named hercules and he got stolen by a guy named hezu (whatever you call it) and so hercules need to become a true hero with help(phil) and tries to see his father again when suddenly the solar monsters came out and loses hi powers do you think he will see his father again? find out by watching this movie.
toddlermom More than 1 year ago
Great movie - I owned it before I had kids (yes, VCR) and it just broke after we've watched it many times.
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This movie was a bit boring at the begining but was great at the end!
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