Hercules 1997

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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.

Starring:
Tate Donovan, Danny De Vito
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Hercules

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Animated, Musicals, Dance & Theatre, Music
Director John Musker, Ron Clements
Starring Tate Donovan, Danny De Vito
Supporting actors Samantha Eggar, Bobcat Goldthwait, James Woods, Rip Torn, Joshua Keaton, Susan Egan, Matt Frewer, Roger Bart
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bunnyshed on 8 July 2002
Format: DVD
For the young, or simply the young at heart, the coming of Disney classics to DVD is something that is eagerly anticipated - and in this respect Hercules is no exception. In the spirit of Disney, the typical inaccuracies can be overlooked during an action-packed adventure. This movie is worth it alone for the hilarious antics of Pain and Panic, along with the stylish villany of Hades. A not-your-typical Disney heroine is also to be celebrated in the form of Meg. All this coupled with the usual Disney package of great tunes and brilliant animation makes this a classic to make any Disney fans' collection complete!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. P. Fry on 21 April 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The suspect animation in this Disney movie is soon forgotten as you start to believe that slapstick is the order of the day - or so critics would have you believe.
Having produced film after film of 'classics' like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, Disney dared to be different with this installment and it has clearly paid off. The film launches into song, in a colourful introduction by the feisty Fates, who guide you throughout the story, providing helpful and sardonically amusing recaps at times when you're just about to lose the plot.
The villian, Hades, is a sarcastic, Hollywood-style baddie, a role that would be out of place in Disney films normally but which fits in a treat here.
The story is a touch optimistic, stretching to the boundaries of credibility to accommodate a group of nasty giants to add a punch at the end, and a family of pink and purple Gods living on Mount Olympus.
The music is the movie's jewel in the crown - every song is a winner, every lyric is memorable, and they carry an energy to them that propels the film along and makes the characters even more interesting.
Where Disney really pulls no punches, however, is in the heart of this film. The story, from start to finish, is a touching, often moving one, a mixture of fantasy action and love, which never becomes too sentimental or sickly sweet...though they might try and paint over it with trendy animation and upbeat characters, Disney's well earned success is still with the kind of stories which touch the heart, and this one does just that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Williams VINE VOICE on 3 Jun 2006
Format: DVD
And That's The Gospel Truth.

I'm a big fan of all the Disney movies. The Disney Corporation has for just under a century, entertained generations with their loveable, funny and downright memorable characters and films. Historically, most people will prefer the old Disney film to the modern movies, but there's no doubting they still have their place.

Hercules was released during the rebirth of Disney ignited by the entirely computer animated Toy Story thanks to its collaboration with Pixar. You will be forgiven for thinking that Disney may have taken a bit of a step back reverting to the traditional hand drawn animation, but I'm sure there's a reason for that and it isn't entirely in 2D drawn animation. This particular movie was part of the Disney renaissance in which Disney reverted back to its classic ways of making movies based on classic characters and stories. Along with Hercules, other films in the Disney Renaissance were The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Mulan amongst others.

The plot tells of the ancient Greek myth of son of Zeus, Hercules, half God and half mortal. On his birth, the bitter and evil brother of Zeus, Hades lord of the Underworld is forging a plan to become ruler of all the Gods. He is approached by the fates who tell him that he will win in his plan as long as Hercules does not interfere. Because of this, Hades sends his stupid minions, pain and panic, to kidnap baby Hercules and feed him a potion that will turn him mortal, once he's mortal the plan is then to kill him. All does not go according to plan as Hercules doesn't drink every last drop of the potion and playfully disposes of pain and panic. Alone and stranded on Earth, Hercules is adopted to be brought up as a mortal.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By H J JENKINS on 1 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
As a family of five, there are few films which we all really enjoy, but this is one of them. It has excellent songs & music throughout, a good storyline & excellent humour (from slapstick for the little ones, to more subtle lines for the sophisticated amongst us). Our 8 year old daughter hates most Disney films on the basis that they are far too girly & slushy, but loves Hercules. Our 5 year old daughter lives in a pink haze of Disney princess magic, and loves Meg & the muses & laughs a lot while watching this film. Our 2 year old daughter loves Lord of the Rings, Monsters inc & this ! I have to say, my husband & I are always very happy when this film is selected, as we particulaly love both the humour & the music. All in all, I can't fault it - we think it's GREAT !!!!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 2005
Format: DVD
Hercules is a brill disney film for all ages, my friends and I are all 17 and we all love singing along to the groovy songs from this film. Also as classics students we love the greek mythological undertones present throughout the film! A must have in any disney collection
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By FlyingFiddler on 21 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
The Greeks are responsible for some of the most heroic and magical stories ever made, and who better than one of the greatest storytellers ever to help bring their most famous hero back to life...
According to the film, Hercules is the new born son of Zeus and Hera (king and queen of the Gods), he gets kidnapped by order of his uncle who plans to overthrow Zeus and thus rule all… Why? Because according to a prophecy, Hercules is the only person that could ruin his plan, so after he is brought to earth, he was supposed to be eliminated… obviously he wasn’t…
The catchiest gospel tunes will hook you to the screen from beginning to end, during which you will see not the mighty hero performing his twelve famous tasks, but Hercules behind the scenes of the public eye… the insecure teenager who’s left out because he can’t control his freakish strength, the painstaking training he had to go through and his climb to fame. Keeping with tradition with the Lion King, Disney also provides yet another perfect villain: Voiced by James Woods, the hilarious God of the Underworld ‘Hades’ provides a brilliant counterweight to mister goody two shoes Herc. (P.S. Scar actually makes a cameo appearance in the film, see if you can spot him…)
Of course the film doesn’t come without a variety of sidekicks, each contributing their own bit of comedy to the film. In other words, their will be laughs galore when watching this feature.
The film doesn’t come without it’s soft spots either, due mostly to the beautiful and seducing female heroine Megara, the warm relationship between trainer Philoctetes and apprentice and the desire for a young boy to find out where he belongs.
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