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Hercules is born to the king and queen of the gods, Zeus and Hera. The god of the underworld, Hades, has been planning to take over Mount Olympus, but when the Fates tell him that Hercules could spoil those plans he takes action.

Hades sends Pain and Panic, two underlings, to kidnap and murder Hercules, but they make a mess of the job and the baby ends up being adopted by a human couple.

As an awkward teen, Hercules is unaware of his true origins, until a statue of Zeus comes to life and reveals that Zeus is his real father.

Zeus appoints a satyr named Philoctetes as "hero trainer" to Herclues, and also provides him with a magical flying horse, Pegasus.

Whilst being trained, Hercules tries to prove himself by rescuing Megara, but doesn't realise she is in league with Hades. He sends a series of monsters to attack Hercules who manages to defeat them all and becomes a celebrity for doing so.

When Hercules and Megara fall in love, she refuses to betray him to Hades. But he has other plans and unleashes the Titans upon the world. But Hercules risks his power and his life to save Megara and becomes a true hero.

93 minutes long.

Release Date

June 27, 1997.

Cast List

Directed By:
John Musker
Ron Clements

Written By:
Ron Clements
Don McEnery


Go The Distance
The Gospel Truth
Zero To Hero
I Won't Say (I'm In Love)
A Star Is Born
The Prophecy

Fun Facts

Animation on the film first began in early 1995.
Almost 700 artists were involved in creating the film.
Gerald Scarfe, a British political cartoonist, assisted with character design.
Members of the creative team visited Greece and Turkey in the summer of 1994 to look at the ancient sites and landscapes.
The film features the first use of morphing in the animation process.
The five Muses in this film are: Kalliope (epic poetry), Polymnia (sacred music), Erato (love poems), Terpsichore (dance), and Thaleia (comedy), although there were nine Muses in Greek mythology.
It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997 for Best Original Song, "Go The Distance". The same song was also nominated for a Golden Globe that year.


Meg: You know how men are. They think "No" means "Yes" and "Get lost" means "Take me. I'm yours."

Meg: I'm a big tough girl. I tie my own sandals and everything.

Panic: Hercules. Why does that name ring a bell?
Pain: I don't know. Um, maybe we owe him money?

Meg: Megara. My friends call me Meg. At least they would if I had any friends. So did they give you a name along with all those rippling pectorals?

Hades: It's a small underworld, after all, huh?




DVD & Soundtrack

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DVD Bonus Features

"The Making Of Hercules" Featurette


Zero to Hero!
A Comedy of Epic Proportions.
Who puts the GLAD in GLADIATOR?


All of the other characters are referred to by their Greek mythological names apart from Hercules, who is the Roman equivalent of the Greek Heracles.
Narcissus isn't a Greek God and wouldn't be on Mount Olympia.
When Meg finds Hercules behind the curtain his left wrist band is missing, but is there again in his next shot.
Hercules tries to reach Meg's soul by putting his hands in the water, but seconds later before jumping into the water he is high up on a cliff.

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