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Hercules (Bilingual)

Barbara Barrie , Danny DeVito , John Musker , Ron Clements    G (General Audience)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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Not the egregious foul it seemed to be in theaters, Hercules stands up as an entertaining spritzer of an animated feature. The continual peppering of in-jokes and cultural references becomes less irksome on video. That there's no majesty or awe invested in the beloved Greek legends also seems less of an error. Also on the plus side is the bounciest Alan Menken music since Little Shop of Horrors. With Zeus's blood in his veins, young Hercules's amazing strength makes him an outcast (sorry, that still doesn't fly), so he trains with a satyr named Phil to become a hero. Along the way Herc meets Meg, a common mortal who falls hard for him. They're both against the jocular Hades, who has to destroy Hercules to take over Olympus. The hydra is the computer-animated set piece for this little number, a no-chance attempt to beat that wildebeest herd from The Lion King. --Keith Simanton

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British artist/political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe was brought in to assist with character design, and he remained involved as an ongoing artistic advisor to the animators.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty Disney Feb. 20 2005
Format:DVD
An unusually clever and satisfying movie, suitable for both children and literate adults. The plot is a Disney template: Hercules must discover his identity, learn the true nature of heroism, do his parents proud, and win the girl, all of which he achieves by an act of self sacrifice.
A run of the mill coming of age story, then, but several things make the film more than a boring rip-off of ancient themes. First, the drawing has an elegantly fresh look to it, with many witty visual references to Greek vase paintings, sculpture, architectural lines and so forth. There are also quite a few quips and puns for grownups (Thebes is the Big Olive, for example, its residents speaking in New York accents) including plenty of cute jokes about the classics. Pedants can enjoy cataloguing the allusions and "mistakes".
The music is pleasant, a lot of it sung by an updated "chorus" of gospel singers. Finally, the characters are vividly sketched, with Hades really stealing the show. Some of the animated figures amusingly caricature their real life voice actors. (See The Making Of supplement.) The rich background of the myths gives the story more depth and darkness than it would otherwise have.
Bottom line: appeals to a different audience than some Disney favorites, but a very smart production with many original aspects. Too much neglected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie and Good DVD! March 10 2012
Format:DVD
I'm not going to say a whole lot about the movie itself because I want to discuss the DVD itself.

Hercules is a fun movie with some good animation, catchy songs, and lots of in-jokes and satire. I don't consider it a Disney classic, but I do recommend the movie for kids and adults.

The DVD version of it isn't exactly the best, but it does have some good special features. I always like watching the "Making of..." featurettes on DVDs (especially animated movies).

The quality of the film is more like movie theater quality than DVD, but I like it. All that's missing is a giant screen and a big sound system.

Overall, the movie is great and the DVD is pretty good. I say buy it if you get the chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing little movie March 17 2004
Format:DVD
Ok, its not anywhere close to the original tale of Hercules, and the anitmation is kind of odd, but who cares? this is a funny movie. The little jokes that kids wouldn't get crack me up, and so what if its not The Lion King or one of the other great Disney movies. Its fun, and thats about all i care about when I watch a movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking comedy from the Disney vaults! May 18 2014
By John Thomas Anderson TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Hercules is an older Disney animated movie from the late nineties which has garnered vastly different opinions on it's worth. And here's why..........

If you go into Hercules expecting another Tarzan or Hunchback of Notre Dame or Mulan; then you're probably going to be very disappointed as these are all Disney movies that tried to stay true and serious to their origins. That is NOT the case with Hercules! Don't expect a realistic depiction of the Gods of Olympus or even Greek mythology in general.

Instead this is a screwball comedy along the likes of Aladdin where the jokes come fast and furious, the plot is ridiculous, the characters are waaaaay over the top and the pratfalls never end. Think Broadway hits like "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and you'll know what to expect! You want a serious look at Olympus, pick another movie.

So in this version of Forum, err....... Hercules, Hades (wonderfully voiced by James Woods) sends his minions to kill Hercules, they fail miserably and he grows up half-human with an adopted human family, a Satyr teacher named Phil (also wonderfully voiced by Danny DeVito) and his ever faithful flying horse Pegasus. Strong as a bull and about as bright as one, he's more glutz than hero. Then throw in everything from the Muses as basically Harlem gospel singers and his future love interest Meg, a world-weary con artist with an NYC accent you could cut with a knife and this is one rollicking comedy that's really going to irk those who take their Greek mythology seriously while leaving the rest of us rolling in the aisles.

So if you want a serious animated family movie like The Lion King or The Little Mermaid; then this movie is probably not for you. If instead you want an extremely funny, screwball animated family movie; then this one is definitely for you! 3 stars for those who like them serious, 4 stars for those who want something lighter. 3-1/2 stars overall.

J. A.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hercule April 26 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
bien recu , visionné très appresier,toujours aussi comique autant pour les enfants que les adultes.Aime beaucoup la musique
dans le film
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5.0 out of 5 stars HERCULES (Disney Animated) DVD April 5 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Being of Hellenic (Greek) Origin, and a Planetary Scientist/Cartographer, who has officially submitted Names to the I.A.U. for Planetary Surface Nomenclature from Various Cultures of the World, I Must Say That the HERCULES Animated DVD is a Good Way to Introduce Children to Understanding the Serious and Humorous Natures of the Human Spirit. It has Value in that it supports Children to Develop Courage, High Self-Esteem, A Will to Loath Failure and Replace It With Self-Responsibility for a Successful and Prosperous Future.
It Teaches Girls What the Qualities of Male Loyalty, Patience, and Courageous Deeds can Accomplish in a Girl's Life, and What to Look for In A Serious Man, and It Teaches Boys What Real Love and Devotion towards A Girl of His Heart Should Really Be "By his Actions for Her", Rather Than "By His Words to Her".
I Don't Rate Anything In Life As Perfect, As Everything In The Universe Is Eternal And Continuously Changing.......
.....But This One Gets a 9 Out of 10 from a Very Ethical, Moral, Serious and Very Analytical Scientist of Spartan Warrior Origin.

"One Word Frees Us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is LOVE."

Sophocles (c.496-406 BC)

"And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation".

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off!
I love the movie is excellent.

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Published 4 months ago by Alexandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnier Now Than Ever
Bought it for my son and I fell in love with this movie all over again. Watch it. You know you want to.
Published 7 months ago by Mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Herculean Strength
"Hercules" touches on the issue of being something larger than yourself. Hercules falls in love during his journey to attain growth in all areas of his life. Read more
Published 12 months ago by marriedutopianstriver
5.0 out of 5 stars Film d'animation Disney - Mélange d'humour et de mythologie...
Détail du film: Une aventure sur la mythologie grecque remplie d'humour et de fantaisie.
Hercule a été enlevé dès sa naissance de la garde... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2009 by I. Theoret
4.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching tool
Precisely BECAUSE of the complete disregard for the original mythology, this movie is a superb teaching tool for middle schoolers. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by HMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Zero to Hero
When the evil Hades, god of the underworld, learns that if Zeus and Hera's newborn son Hercules fights his world takeover plan, he will fail, Hades' idiotic helpers Pain and Panic... Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Robin M Goffinet
3.0 out of 5 stars From Zero to Hero
Hercules is a total knockout - for the first half of the movie. The second half falls flat. Hercules has one of the best animated film scores ever. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by L. Mintah
3.0 out of 5 stars What? Disney spoofs itself??
Hercules is just one of the many fun Disney movies like any other. Therefore you can expect a fun movie to watch. Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by M. Buisman
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