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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
- This title will be available for only 60 days after street date before being placed on moratorium 1/6/2000
- Featurette: The Making Of Hercules
- No Importa La Distancia music video with Ricky Martin
- Spanish language soundtrack has Ricky Martin as the singing voice of Hercules
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This title was released in 1997 a time when people looked to Disney for Fairy Tales and Folklore .
It was an age of musical and Princesses and Prince's and stories when the most unlikely of person became HERO's .
So why wasn't Hercules included into the glorified Disney book of love ?
Well many say it was the songs were lacking , or the animation was too different , or perhaps the story is not the one they were looking to see made . But Disney took a step out of their comfort zone and gave us a truly different film .
This is a film that surly has a cult following and may not be hailed as Disney's finest but in retrospect it is placed in a line of films that were musicals just as this is , but just didn't snag the audience how they were hoping because of the dark path Disney seemed to want to venture down , perhaps dark is the wrong word, a more serious film if you will .
( Pocahontas and Hunchback )
Those films lead many families to veer away from the Disney titles for a while , but looking back I have to say it is one of the best efforts in creating the story of Hercules I have had the pleasure of viewing and for that it gets 5 stars from me.