Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th Disney animated feature film and 8th Disney Renaissance film, the film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The film is loosely based on the legendary hero Heracles (known in the film by his Roman name, Hercules), the son of Zeus, in Greek mythology.
Hercules, son of the Greek God, Zeus, is turned into a half-god, half-mortal by the evil Hades, God of the Underworld, who plans to overthrow Zeus. Hercules is raised on Earth and retains his god-like strength, but when he discovers his immortal heritage, Zeus tells him that to return to Mount Olympus, he must become a true hero. Hercules becomes a famous hero with the help of his friend Pegasus and his personal trainer, Phil the satyr. Hercules battles monsters, Hades and the Titans, but it is his self-sacrifice to rescue his love Meg which makes him a true hero.
Why it Rocks
- Catchy and awesome musical score, including songs like "Zero to Hero" and "Go the Distance".
- Awesome performances like Danny DeVito as Phil and James Woods as Hades (which he reprises in Disney-related media like Kingdom Hearts and House of Mouse)
- A story that is unforgettable and breathtaking.
- Hand-drawn animation from a masterful artist that shows the Ancient Greek atmosphere.
- Well-executed humor and jokes.
- The movie takes some liberties from the original Hercules' myth.
- Most of the Greek media panned the film due to the liberties taken, with the government even refusing to allow the film's world premiere to take place in the country like Disney wanted.