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Hercules Details


Disney's animation team dipped into the rich well of ancient mythology for this musical comedy. The son of Greek gods Zeus (voice of Rip Torn) and Hera (Samantha Eggar), Hercules (voice of Josh Keaton) is stolen as a boy by the minions of Hades (voice of James Woods), lord of the underworld. Forced to live among humans, Hercules is turned into a half-god and half-mortal after drinking a forbidden potion brewed by Hades' right hand men, Pain (voice of Bob Goldthwait) and Panic (voice of Matt Frewer). Now Hercules has the remarkable strength of a god, but is trapped in the body of a human, and before he learns how to use his power properly he goes through a typically adolescent awkward period. In order to become a god and return to his home on Mount Olympus, Hercules must prove himself a true hero on Earth. With the assistance of Philotes (voice of Danny De Vito), a plucky satyr known as "Phil," the grown-up Hercules (voice of Tate Donovan) learns to use his strength to his advantage and becomes a famous and benevolent protector of those around him, successfully battling a variety of gods and monsters. However, Hades, wanting to cut Hercules down to size, sends his secret weapon after him -- Megara (voice of Susan Egan), a seductively beautiful woman under Hades' control, who is to win Hercules' heart and render him helpless against the forces of the underworld. Acclaimed British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe served as production designer for this project, while Alan Menken wrote the musical score. Incidentally, for the Spanish language version of the film, Latin pop singer Ricky Martin provided the singing voice of Hercules, two years before he became a chart-topping sensation in America with his hit single "Livin' la Vida Loca." ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 14, 1997


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alan Menken Best Original Song 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Menken Best Song 1997 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association David Zippel Best Original Song 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Zippel Best Song 1997 Nominee


Tate Donovan
as Hercules
Roger Bart
as Young Hercules (singing)
Danny DeVito
as Phil
James Woods
as Hades
Susan Egan
as Meg
Bobcat Goldthwait
as Pain
Matt Frewer
as Panic
Rip Torn
as Zeus
Samantha Eggar
as Hera
Barbara Barrie
as Alcmene
Hal Holbrook
as Amphitryon
Paul Shaffer
as Hermes
Amanda Plummer
as (The) Fates
Carole Shelley
as (The) Fates
Paddi Edwards
as (The) Fates
Charlton Heston
as Narrator


Ron Clements
John Musker
Ron Clements
John Musker
John Musker
Ron Clements
Donald McEnery
Bob Shaw
Irene Mecchi
Alan Menken
Alan Menken
Composer (Music Score)
Gerald Scarfe
Production Designer
Andy Gaskill
Art Director
Ruth Lambert
David Zippel