Hercules (1997)

Young Hercules (Josh Keaton, singing voice: Roger Bart)

While this Disney movie doesn't have a chock-full of memorable songs like Aladdin (1992) or The Lion King (1994), I have always liked the song "Go the Distance." I also like "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)," the movie's love song, a bit more than "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," the love song from The Lion King.

In terms of the movie itself, the plot is good, simple, and light. Even Hades (James Wood), the movie's antagonist, brings humor to the movie and becomes something of a villainous equivalent to Aladdin's Genie (Robin Williams).

The Muses, the film's narrators. Left to Right: Thalia (Roz Ryan), Melpomene (Cheryl Freeman), Calliope (Lillias White), Clio (Vaneese Y. Thomas), and Terpsichore (LaChanze)

While not a villain to be feared like some of Disney's top villains*, he's still a cool one.

On a different note, the quality of the animation is top-notched, as to be expected of Disney animation studios. While possibly a biased opinion, having grown up watching Disney movies, you can partially judge the quality by looking at the screenshots in this blog post.

If you like Disney animation, then Hercules shouldn't disappoint. If, however, you've never seen a Disney animation, you might consider watching some of their more popular animations first.

Meg (Susan Egan), Hercules (Tate Donovan), and Pegasus

*My top 5 Disney villains - roughly by mixture of evilness and impact: definite #1, Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent; definite #2, 101 Dalmation's Cruella de Vil, for her pure insanity and desire to kill puppies; at #3, The Lion King's Scar - what he did to his brother, and how he did it, was just plain evil; at #4, The Little Mermaid's Ursula, she always gave me the creeps; and finally, #5 goes to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs's The Queen. Honorable mentions go to The Hunchback of Notre Dame's Frollo and Aladdin's Jafar.

Instant Comments:
I love the song "Go the Distance"
"Nymphs, they can't keep their hands off me."

The Hydra

I probably didn't notice when I was younger that Phil accepts, because he got struck by lightning which we can only assume was sent by Zeus.
The Karate Kid (1984) reference.
"Use your head." "Oh."
Oh, I didn't realize Meg was short for Megara.
"You know how men are, they think 'No' means 'Yes' and 'Get lost' means 'Take me, I'm yours.'"
"I don't think your pinto likes me very much." Apparently a pinto is, according to the Wikipedia equine coat color page, is defined as "a multi-colored horse with large patches of brown, white, and/or black and white."

Hades (James Woods) and Zeus (Rip Torn)

Meg says, "Nice shooting, Rex": mixing the phrase "Nice shooting, Tex" together with Rex which is the title of a king in (ancient) Rome. In particular, rex is Latin for king. [I never realized this was the etymology behind the "rex" portion of Tyrannosaurus (tyrant lizard) rex (king). Note that tyrannos and sauros are Greek, but the binomial nomenclature for species is only required to use Latin grammatical forms.]
Hahahaha. "[...] and you are wearing his merchandise!"
The first of Hercule's twelve labors is to slay the Nemean lion. In this scene, we see Hercules donning a lion's pelt while posing for a vase painting. However, the pelt we see belongs to Scar, the antagonist in Disney's The Lion King (1994).

Hercules dons the Nemean lion's pelt while posing for a vase painting

Aww... perfect build-up to "That's Phil's boy."
Ha, near the end of the credits we hear Phil talking to himself.


Released 19970627.
Watched many times before as a kid. I think I saw it theaters, but I'm uncertain.
Watched first quarter 20130612 (Netflix, Instant)
Watched remaining quarters 20130613 (Netflix, Instant)
Hercules (1997) Ron Clements, John Musker. 93 min

Phil (Danny Devito) and a closer look at the pelt: it's Scar!

Relevant Links:
Hercules (RottenTomatoes.com)
Hercules (IMDb.com)
Hercules (1997 film) (Wikipedia.org)

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