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Hercules: Zero to Hero VHS
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This 70-minute feature is made up of three TV segments from Disney's popular Hercules series. The video, like the show, follows the daffy adventures of Hercules as a teenager, when his strength is amazing but his control is not. For kids who have not seen the cable TV series, this will be a worthwhile video. Like most of Disney's spinoffs, the animation is solid, the music is hip, and many key members of the original vocal pool (including Tate Donavan as the hero) return. Unfortunately, as with most episodic TV, the stories can be pretty uninspired. The best segment here is the finale, which has James Woods returning as Hades with another plan to topple Zeus (Rip Torn). The wraparound story of Meg finding out her rippling love's past is new but hardly constitutes the bulk of the video. The three segments are "Hercules and the First Day of School," "Hercules and the Grim Avenger," and "Hercules and the Visit from Zeus." --Doug Thomas
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If you loved the nonstop excitement of Disney's animated feature Hercules, you'll love the brand-new adventures of Hercules as a boy--before he became a legend. Join him at Prometheus Academy as he faces three of the most outrageous, larger-than-life adventures a wannabe hero can face!
Hercules: Zero to Hero--on video for the first time ever--boasts an all-star cast, including Tate Donovan and James Woods returning as Hercules and Hades, the roles they made famous in the original animated feature.
Jam-packed with action, humor and music, these are the missing years of our hero-in-training. And they shouldn't be missed!
Approx. 70 minutes.
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The video takes three episodes of the TV show and links them together with some rather badly done animation of Hercules and Megara moving into their new home together after their Honeymoon. Megara comes across Herc's High School Yearbook, er, scroll, and suddenly wants to know more about Herc's High School days. She rides on Pegasus to visit Phil, Herc's trainer/manager, and he gives her the whole story. This is where the episodes of the TV show take over. First we have Herc's First Day At (High) School. In the second story, a new student comes to Herc's school, who is actually a Batman type superhero, and the pair teams up to fight a menacing monster. In the third story, Herc's dad Zeus poses as a teenager to see what life is like for Herc. Meanwhile, his brother Hades plans a hostile takeover.
The video ends with Meg singing a pretty horrid song to the man of her dreams, but the heart of the video, the episodes of the wonderful TV show, earn it a five star rating from me, and I wish Disney would give us more episodes of their wonderful shows on video, preferably DVD. But I wish they knew that the wraparound stories are really unnecessary. Hercules: Zero To Hero, is a great buy for anyone who enjoyed the TV show, but remember that this IS a TV show. Don't expect spectacular animation. At least most of the original voice actors reprised their roles for this TV series, and James Woods always rocks as Hades!
All of the episodes on this tape (The First Day of School, The YearBook, The Grim Avenger, and and the Visit from Zeus) are truly some of the best in the series. If you are a fan of the movie, or the series...this is definatley worth watching. All of the Herc-Humor is their. Plus...all of the voice actors, with the exception of Danny Davito, have all returned to voice their characters, which makes the experiance more enjoyable. This tape will satify all the Die-hard Herc fans over until Disney decides to release the show on DVD.
Sure...the actual animation is so-so...but it's still better than Dragon Ball Z...and A WHOLE LOT more entertaining to watch!
Will kids want to see it?
Probably. The blue and pink color of Panic and Pain that reminded me of the boo-hoo/shh-shh verses of Clap Hands look mighty appealing to them.
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