Overall Rank: 2864
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 226
Theatrical Release Date: 06/15/1997
Genre: Animation, Adventure
MPAA Rating: G
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Actors: Tate Donovan, Josh Keaton, Susan Egan, Danny DeVito, James Woods, Bob Goldthwait
Plot: 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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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/17/2019
Well inspired, maybe even a little over-inspired, "Hercules" is full of wildcard qualities that understandably make it one of the more divisive Disney features.
FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 01/08/2013
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.
Snoogans - wrote on 10/31/2011
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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JLFM - wrote on 05/09/2013
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 …
MovieAddict - wrote on 12/28/2012
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).
Disney took more than a …
TheWolf - wrote on 08/04/2007
"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 …
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