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  • Actors: Barbara Barrie, Danny DeVito, Tate Donovan, James Woods, Susan Egan
  • Directors: John Musker, Ron Clements
  • Writers: Ron Clements, Don McEnery
  • Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 20 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R99S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,867 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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An outrageous odyssey of fun, fantasy, and adventure unfolds in the hilarious hit film HERCULES, Disney's 35th animated triumph "brimming with comic surprise!" (Entertainment Weekly) Taken from the gods as a newborn, adopted on earth, Hercules becomes an awkward teenage pillar of strength. Trying to fit in, he discovers his dad is Zeus and home is Mount Olympus -- if he can move from "zero" to true hero! Hercules teams with babyhood pal Pegasus, the flying stallion, and Phil -- a feisty personal trainer -- for the mission. But it's no easy task as he must match wits with Grecian beauty Meg and a comical hothead named Hades. With the help of Pain and Panic, Hades plans to rule the Universe with only Hercules standing in his way! With a bold animation style, colossal voice cast, and spectacular music, HERCULES is unmatched in strength -- delivering something for everyone with "pinwheeling, knockabout fun!"

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glen Koehn on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 20 2003
Format: DVD
Contrary to the beliefs of the people who developed this film, it is possible to create an accurate Hercules adaptation without killing the myths behind them. Disney's Hercules was the worse conversion Disney has ever done. Hercules was a bastard, I know that's not family friendly, but it's true. His dad was married to Hera and slept around a lot! He did not drink a 'magic' bottle that made him half god. It would have been fine if they removed the incest, but A MAGIC MORTAL MAKING BOTTLE!!! I could have made Hercules more family friendly without doing this. The second thing that bothered me, the Gods and Titans -- all wrong. Third, the Christian/Modern elements. I hate when they try to a- modernize ancient times (only Flintstones did it in a way that was funny) and b- christianize a non-christian world (true the Xena & Hercules series did it, but in a way that worked. They didn't make Hades the equvalent of the Devil). Hades is not the devil with little demon minions, he's the ruler of the underworld, the land of the dead - all dead. Hades itself is not Hell, it's the underworld period. Hera hated Hercules, the second she was made his mother I concluded this film was stupid and never wanted to see it again. The fun part about doing a story about the Greek gods is so many of them walk the middle line - they are flawed super humans. But even if they had made Ares universally evil to fit into the Disney formula, I could have accepted it. Hey I liked the gospel muses, they actually could have worked -- in a better adaptation. The super-pet Pegasus could have even worked -- in a better adaptation. The changes to Hades, Hera, and the addition of the magic 'half-god' making bottle just killed it (plus those annoying demon minions). Pocahontas was modified in a way I could accept.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Koulouris on 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 By Robin M Goffinet on June 29 2004
Format: VHS Tape
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 kidnap the tyke in an attempt to turn him mortal and kill him. But before baby Herc could drink the last drop of the potion, a middle aged couple intersept. They take young Hercules in and raise him as their own. The only problem Hercules has is his god like strength, which he retained because he did not drink the last drop of the potion.
Hercules grows up feeling like he doesn't belong and goes on a journey to find his true identity. When he discovers that he is the son of Zeus, he is told that the only way he can regain entry to Mount Olympus is to become a true hero.
So with the help of Phil, a satyr, and Pegasus he begins training to become a hero. He ends up meeting Meg, a young woman who sold her soul to Hades, and falling in love with her. Meg is torn between loyalty to Hades and her growing love for "Wonder Boy".
When Hades strikes a deal with Hercules to give up his strength for 24 hours, Hades frees the Titans to take over Olympus. Due to one technicality in the deal, Hercules regains his strength and defeats Hades. But when he learns of Meg's death, he strikes a deal with Hades to rescue her and take her place in the underworld.
A little bit too modern for a story set in Ancient Greece but this movie contains all the essential elements of a true Disney classic.
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