Movie Review – “Disney’s Hercules”

Well, technically, it’s simply titled
Hercules, but I threw in the Disney part
since it’s not the only title by that name.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Tate Donovan as (adult) Hercules

Joshua Keaton as (young) Hercules

Danny DeVito as Philoctetes

James Woods as Hades

Susan Egan as Megara

Bobcat Goldthwait as Pain

Matt Frewer as Panic

Rip Torn as Zeus

Written by Ron Clements, Barry Johnson, Don McEnery,
Irene Mecchi,
John Musker, and Bob Shaw

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker

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Hercules quests to become a true hero and return to

High Point

Hades notices Pain’s footwear.

Low Point

Danny DeVito gets to sing.

The Scores

As with a lot of Disney fare, it’s actually an
adaptation of some sort of
classic, copyright expired fare, so it can’t be
original. They did, however, do a nice job
on the revamp.
Don’t watch this if you are trying to study the actual
(In the actual mythology, Achilles came well after
Hercules, for
example.) I give it 4 out of 6.

The animation was generally smooth. The CG
hydra simply
didn’t blend in with the surroundings. I give it 4
out of 6.

The story was nicely assembled. As I
mentioned above, don’t
expect the actual myth. Instead, expect the youth of
Clark Kent, the
appearance of a Yoda, and then some predictable
heroism. I give it 4
out of 6.

The voice acting was very well cast. The
“talent over names”
technique pays off, with excellent voice casting all
around. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was good. This is a
truly funny
movie, with all the inspiration heroics that I’m such
a sucker for. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The production was fairly good. Some of the
editing was a
bit shaky. The montages were great, though. I give
it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent movie, particularly
for fun family
entertainment. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Herculues receives 31 out of 42.

2 replies on “Movie Review – “Disney’s Hercules””

  1. Very Educative
    I didn’t know ancient greeks were red haired and blue eyed before I saw this!

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