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Hercules (Bilingual)

Barbara Barrie , Danny DeVito , John Musker , Ron Clements    G (General Audience)   DVD
3.7 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Zero to Hero 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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3.0 out of 5 stars From Zero to Hero June 13 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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. To promote the film, Disney had a traveling "troupe" of singers in Greek costume perform at malls around the country. The executives apparently even appreciated the incredibly orignal gospel-style songs with witty and joyful lyrics. The rollicking songs get a big "Amen!" The fabulous Muses are wonderful creations.
The story involves Hercules as an awkward boy trying to fit in with the humans who have adopted him. After he inadvertently causes a disaster at the marketplace, Herc strikes out on his own, and is shocked to discover his Mt. Olympus heritage. Megara, the female romantic interest, is not very likeable as a fallen woman redeemed by love. You feel Herc deserves better.
Since Aladdin, Disney has used celebrities as character voices. Hercules in particular benefits from this, with James Woods ad libbing hilariously as Hades, lord of the underworld, and Danny DeVito, who brings heart and laughs as "Phil" the Satyr.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Finally a BLU-RAY on this rollicking comedy from the Disney vaults!
Here's the skinny on the new Blu-ray combo edition!

First off before I get into the spec's on this newest edition; you should know that Hercules is an older Disney... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Thomas Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hercule
bien recu , visionné très appresier,toujours aussi comique autant pour les enfants que les adultes.Aime beaucoup la musique
dans le film
Published 3 months ago by Marguerite Ouimet
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off!
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... Read more
Published 5 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 13 months ago by marriedutopianstriver
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie and Good 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... Read more
Published on March 10 2012 by BrianGriffinFan
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
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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