Monday, 4 June 2012

Hercules Review (Updated)


Release Date: 18th September 1997 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 93 minutes

Budget: $85,000,000

Box Office Gross: $252,712,101

Plot Summary
Invested with superhuman
strength, a young mortal
named Hercules sets out
to prove himself a hero in
the eyes of his father, the
great god Zeus. Along with
his friends Pegasus, a
flying horse, and Phil, a
personal trainer, Hercules
is tricked by the hilarious,
hot-headed villain Hades,
who's plotting to take over
Mount Olympus! Hercules
must now choose between
his legendary strength or
his true love, the Grecian
beauty Meg.

Voice Cast
Tate Donovan - Hercules
Josh Keaton - Young Hercules
Danny DeVito - Philoctetes/Phil
James Woods - Hades
Susan Egan - Megara
Rip Torn - Zeus
Frank Welker - Pegasus
Samantha Eggar - Hera
Bobcat Goldthwait - Pain
Matt Frewer - Panic
Wayne Knight - Demetrius
Charlton Heston - Narrator

Animation Screenplay/
Producers/Directors - John
Musker & Ron Clements
Based on Idea - Joe Haidar
Story Animation Supervisor - Barry
Story - Kaan Kalyon, Kelly
Wightman, Randy Cartwright,
John Ramirez, Jeff Snow,
Vance Gerry, Kirk Hanson,
Tamara Lusher, Francis 
Glebas, Mark Kennedy,
Bruce Morris, Don 
Dougherty & Thom Enriquez
Animation Screenplay - Don
McEnery, Bob Shaw & Irene
Producers - Alice Dewey & Noreen Tobin
Production Designer - Gerald Scarfe
Art Director - Andy Gaskill
Lyrics - David Zippel
Songs & Music - Alan Menken
Film Editors - Tom Finan & Robert W.


1998 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "Go The Distance" -
Alan Menken & David Zippel (Nominated)

HERCULES while based on a legendary Greek tale was not quite the animated movie it was expected, but should have been dramatic and epic instead of being comedic and filled with pop-culture references and jazzy songs like "I Won't Say I'm in Love", "The Gospel Truth" and others. It's a shame it was made by Disney and only James Woods's fiery vocal performance as the villain Hades is a stand out from this ungodly trash.

This has got to be Disney's weakest animated movie that they ever had, maybe further down the track producers could remake this movie and raise the benchmark with a more entertaining, excitement filled motion picture.

Star rating: (2/5) Bad Movie


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