Review: Hercules (1997)

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Directors: John Musker and Ron Clements
Writers: Ron Clements, John Musker, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw and Irene Mecchi
Editor:Tom Finan
Music:Alan Menken and David Zippel
Production Designer:Gerald Scarfe
Producers:Alice Dewey, John Musker and Ron Clements
Walt Disney Pictures; G; 87 minutes
Voices of:Tate Donovan, Joshua Keaton, Roger Bart, Danny DeVito, James Woods, Paul Shaffer, Susan Egan and Charlton Heston

After a string of duds, Disney's latest film event lives up to all the marketing hoopla. And the folks at the media giant are savvy enough to poke fun at their own excesses, having the hero of the title plug footwear and action figures bearing his likeness. Born among the gods, Hercules (voice of Donovan) is sent down to Earth where he grows into an awkward teen dubbed Jercules by his peers. Satyr Phil (voice of De Vito) whips the boy into shape so he can join dad Zeus (Torn) and other immortals on Mt. Olympus. Trouble brews when delicious villain Hades (voice of Woods) tries to lure Hercules to the underworld through the vampy Meg (Egan).

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