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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
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 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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off! Feb. 26 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love the movie is excellent.

The product, worst thing I've ever seen! The case is perfect, in really good condition, but the CD inside is a really bad quality, it's a ripped CD for sure, the title on it even have a mistake, its spells Hercule.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funnier Now Than Ever Dec 26 2013
By Mandy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought it for my son and I fell in love with this movie all over again. Watch it. You know you want to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Herculean Strength July 4 2013
By marriedutopianstriver TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"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. The woman that he meets undergoes a complete emotional change after meeting him. There are various references to Greek mythology in this film, which is why it is a good family friendly movie.
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