Release year: 1997
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Screenwriter: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don McEnery, Bob Shaw, Irene Mecchi
Starring (voices): Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, James Woods, Susan Egan, Bobcat Goldthwait, Matt Frewer, Rip Torn
When God of the Underworld Hades (Woods) hears the only one who can interfere with his future evil plan is Hercules (Donovan), son of Zeus (Torn) and Hera (Eggar), he orders him dead. But something goes wrong and instead of dead Hercules is left mortal but with his strength intact. When Hades discovers Hercules is still alive, he tries hard to stop the hero.
Loosely based on the hero Heracles from Greek mythology this 1990s Disney animated feature is a feast for your eyes, with the background designs inspired by the origin area of the background story and fun details all the way through. Some will think there are too many songs (some always will) but the songs are great and the detail of having muses sing the background in gospel style is nothing less than a stroke of genius. Hades is fiery (literally) and a great villain, both pure evil as well as rather amusing while his two henchmen Panic and Pain are pure comic relief and good ones. Whenever a new Disney film enters the cinema, there is always someone saying it is wonderful to finally see a strong female character in a Disney movie. Megara is a nice reminder that this has been happening for quite some time. Her is a woman who is strongminded and doesn’t just faint in the arms of the man but rather throws sarcastic remarks at him while looks doey-eyed as her. This may not be historical accurate when it comes to the Greek mythology, but it paints an interesting enough picture of it to spark interest of the myths with the audience and that is not a bad feat.
The statue Hercules hits while skipping stones is the famous Venus de Milo (or Aphrodite of Milos) which can be seen at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
Picture copyrights: Disney