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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The film was released due to backlash against the previous two Disney releases of Pocahontas (1995) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). The major criticisms of the two films where that they were "too dark" and dealt with "serious issues" that Disney shouldn't be addressing in their animated films. Hercules (1997) was released to lighten things up. See more »
At the end when Hercules comes back to Mt. Olympus, there are two huge lines of gods greeting him on either sides of a long staircase. After Zeus and Hera have talked to him, about ten gods start mobbing him. When the shot cuts back to Meg the staircase is empty. Where did all the other gods go? 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 »
For the UK release, the deleted song 'Shooting Star' by Irish boy band Boyzone is played at the closing credits. See more »
"Hercules" is a cracking Disney film and for once it's not just for the kids. The animation is more like the "old-school" Disney, before the cute, big-eye syndrome and the characters are hugely entertaining. It has sly humour and in-jokes, but what sets it apart are the songs; soul, RNB, jazz and not a drippy sugar-song in sight. Quality entertainment!
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