Hercules, son of the Greek God, Zeus, is turned into a half-god, half-mortal by evil Hades, God of the Underworld, who plans to overthrow Zeus. Hercules is raised on Earth and retains his god-like strength, but when he discovers his immortal heritage Zeus tells him that to return to Mount Olympus he must become a true hero. Hercules becomes a famous hero with the help of his friend Pegasus and his personal trainer, Phil the satyr. Hercules battles monsters, Hades and the Titans, but it is his self-sacrifice to rescue his love Meg which makes him a true hero.Written by
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Hercules' Credit Card is shown as: "VI V XI XIV XV XVI IV, ex IV M BC, member since I M BC" or "6511 14 1516 4, expires Apr 1000 BC, member since Jan 1000 BC" See more »
Mistake Hades' hair turns yellow, orange, and red when he's angry. Visible blue fire is the hottest flame, but also the cleanest i.e. no soot. The color changing could represent emotional soot blowing Hades composure. See more »
Long ago, in the faraway land of ancient Greece, there was a golden age of powerful gods and extraordinary heroes. And the greatest and strongest of all these heroes was the mighty Hercules. But what is the measure of a true hero? Ah, that is what our story is...
Will you listen to him? He's makin' the story sound like some Greek tragedy.
Lighten up, dude.
We'll take it from here, darling.
You go, girl.
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At the end of the closing credits, Hades is heard complaining. See more »
Pretty damned good - but there is this ONE problem ...
The Ancient Greeks and Romans were twisting the Hercules legend out of shape long before Disney got hold of it. So I'll skip the usual complaints about Hercules being Hera's son, there being a demon named `Panic' and so on. I can understand people objecting on these grounds; I think such objections are often justified, but misguided in this particular case; but there are arguments on both sides I would need to present if I were to discuss the case here - and so I won't. Let me just stipulate that fiddling around with classical mythology does not, in this case, matter. If you disagree - well, you disagree.
Alan Menken's music is hugely disappointing. So is Musker and Clement's handling of it - they once showed a great flair for staging songs, but here they seem, for the most part, uncertain as to how to work the material in. (A notable exception is `One Last Hope'.) On the plus side, animation has never been better. Disney hasn't had a villain so well animated since 1967, possibly 1961. (Look up the relevant villains, if you want.) Computer-rendering the hydra was I think a mistake, as computer rendering usually is, but that was a good scene, so I'll waive the objection. -Oh, yes: I should also put in a word for the general look imparted by Gerald Scarfe.
The story, really, was a strong one. I have to say `really' because it's easy to come away with the impression that it was not, because of one tiny element: the big battle at the end. Hercules defeated the bad guys with ludicrous ease in a weak and perfunctory scene - it lasts just seconds. This is a serious problem in the work of Musker and Clements. If you look at `The Little Mermaid', `Aladdin' and `Hercules' you'll note that they all have a ridiculously large-scale set piece at the end which tends to prompt the reaction, `Yeah, yeah.' They'll HAVE to do something about this. For the story, was, as I say - look at it objectively and ignore the concluding battle - strong. And AFTER the battle, when Hercules ... Let's just say I found this smaller drama to be much more exciting, and certainly more creative.
So it wasn't quite what it could have been. Nonetheless I predict that `Hercules' will wear its years lightly; already, it is looking stronger, more muscular, and more likely to be immortal, than `Aladdin' ever did.
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