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Animation, Adventure





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Ron Clements, John Musker


Tate Donovan
Josh Keaton
Susan Egan
Danny DeVito
James Woods
Bob Goldthwait





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Disney's take on the legend of Hercules - the half-god/half-man who, in order to stop and evil plot by Hades, must discover his true potential as a hero - and it will not be by strength alone. -- Chris Kavan

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FSUNoles27TS 01/08/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Nothing exciting to this film. I did like the soundtrack though. Show it to the kids. Not a movie that is worth the watch for an adult by himself.

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Suffers from odd music choices, too many modern/pop-culture references and lack of good characters. But it makes up for part of those problems, with an interesting villain (and cool set of titans) and a fast paced story.

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mitchellyoung 08/02/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The fact that Disney severely clipped Greek and Roman mythology for this film makes it sort of a cookie cutter and often forgettable version of the legendary story of Hercules. Everything from the songs to the animation is fun, but, once the film is done, soon forgotten.

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05/09/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Sometimes Funny, But Greatly Flawed

A Disney musical revolving around Greek mythology seems like a great idea. And in Disney's Hercules, the house of mouse makes great use of the famous characters and setting of Greek mythology. There's some hip, gospel songs and plenty of successful humor. So much works in this movie, but it's all sadly counter-balanced by everything that doesn't work.

Hercules is born to the god and goddess, Zeus and Hera respectively. And while there is joy at his arrival, Hades wishes to do away with the baby, as his fortune reveals Hercules as a potential threat. Hades sends his two dim-witted minions, Pain and Panic to turn Hercules mortal, and then kill him. Unfortunately for Hades, Pain and Panic slip up when Hercules transformation from god to mortal gets stopped part way through, causing Hercul...

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12/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Disney's spin on the Greek legends!

Hercules is born on Mount Olympus, and Hades: Lord of the Underworld (James Woods) has plans to take over, but can't because according to a prophecy, there is one person who stands in his way, Zeus' newborn son, Hercules so Hades' henchmen Pain and Panic kidnap Hercules, and turn him mortal, apart from the last drop which means his God-like strength remains. He grows up on Earth instead of in the resident of the Greek Gods. When he grows up, Hercules wants to be a God, but Zeus tells him that the only way to become a god again is to become a true hero. With the help of Phil (Danny DeVito), a hero-trainer, Hercules sets out to become one. Meanwhile, Hades has his own agenda which involves a very curvaceous and tough Damsel named Megara (friends call her Meg).

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08/04/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Another Great 2D Disney Movie

"Hercules" is an excellent film, probably the last great Disney film that didn't involve Pixar. The writers did a great job with Hercules. Most of the past movies about Hercules made him a macho, invincible brute, but Disney's "Hercules" actually gives him some personality and achieves a more likable character, and this makes him a very deep, rather insecure, unlikely hero. The story of his quest to become a true hero is well done. Danny DeVito is funny and likable as the grumpy Phil. Megara, played excellently by Susan Egan, is a very good female lead. She could have easily been just a flaky love interest for Hercules, but instead, they made her a strong, independent character. However, the character who really steals the show has to be Hades. He is one of the best Disney villains I've e...

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