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Peter Pan Cinderella Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Aladdin Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Tate Donovan Hercules voice Josh Keaton Young Hercules voice Roger Bart Young Hercules singing voice Danny DeVito Phil voice James Woods Hades voice Susan Egan Meg voice Bobcat Goldthwait Pain voice Matt Frewer Panic voice Rip Torn Zeus voice Samantha Eggar Hera, Hercules' Mother voice Barbara Barrie Amphitryon voice Paul Shaffer Hermes; the Messenger God voice Amanda Plummer Clotho voice Carole Shelley Taglines: Happy IV of July!
Edit Details Official Sites: Official site. Country: USA. Language: English Spanish Greek. On the condition that Meg will be unharmed, he accepts, and is heartbroken when Hades reveals that Meg was working for him. Hades unleashes the Titans, who climb Olympus and capture the gods, while a Cyclops goes to Thebes to kill Hercules. Hercules defeats the cyclops; Meg then saves him from a falling pillar and is mortally injured. This breaks Hades' promise that Meg would not be harmed, and allows Hercules to regain his strength. Hercules and Pegasus fly to Olympus where they free the gods and vanquish the Titans, but Meg dies before he returns to her.
With Meg's soul now Hades' property, Hercules breaks into the Underworld and offers to free Meg from the Styx in exchange for his own life. His willingness to sacrifice himself restores his godhood and immortality before the life-draining river can kill him; he rescues Meg and punches Hades into the Styx, where irate souls pull him under.
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After reviving Meg, she and Hercules are summoned to Olympus, where Zeus and Hera welcome their son home. However, Hercules chooses to remain on Earth with Meg in lieu of living on Olympus. Hercules and his friends return to Thebes, where they watch Zeus etch Hercules' image into the stars to commemorate his heroism.
In early , thirty artists, writers, and animators pitched their ideas for potential animated features, each given a limited time of two minutes.
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The first pitch was for an adaptation of The Odyssey , which entered into production in the following summer. Nervously, he produced a pitch sketch of Hercules , and delivered a brief outline set during the Trojan War where both sides seek the title character for their secret weapon.
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Hercules makes a choice, without considering the consequences, though in the end, he learns humility and realizes that strength is not always the answer. In November , fresh off of their critical and commercial success of Aladdin , directors Ron Clements and John Musker re-developed Treasure Planet up until fall ,  with Aladdin co-screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio taking Clements and Musker's ideas and writing a treatment and script. The studio liked us moving onto that project and so we did [ Hercules ].
With Hercules in production, Clements and Musker conducted research and wrote extensive notes for the film. On excerpts detailed in November , the similarities between their outlines included the naive title character caught between two worlds, a Danny DeVito -type sidekick, a world-wise heroine, and a powerful villain in a battle of idealism versus cynicism. While preparing the script, Clements and Musker consulted the works of Thomas Bullfinch , Edith Hamilton , Robert Graves , and other interpreters of Greek mythology until they reached the conclusion to not portray the traditional story of Hercules.
So we thought of different ways he could be half-man and half-god. We moved more toward making Hades the villain instead of Hera. The Underworld seemed like such a fascinating, dark images; the contrast with Olympus seemed to have all kinds of visual possibilities. After multiple meetings and story conferences, Clements and Musker wrote several story treatments before proceeding to their first script draft.
Comedy writers Don McEnery and Bob Shaw were recruited by creative executive Jane Healey to work on Hercules where their contribution was "important structural things like putting capital letters at the beginnings of sentences and adding periods and commas. Donny Osmond originally auditioned as the speaking voice of the title character, but he was turned down because his voice was considered too deep.
After Red Buttons had auditioned, he left stating "I know what you're gonna do. You're gonna give this part to Danny Devito! For every Disney animated feature since Beauty and the Beast , Susan Egan auditioned for a role, and then landed the role of Belle in the Broadway production. He said that the female lead in Hercules was supposed to be this cynical smart-ass, sounding nothing at all like sweet, innocent Belle. Nine months following the results of the test animation synced with Egan's audition, Egan won the role.
The casting of Hades proved to be very problematic for Musker and Clements. When DeVito asked the directors who had in mind to play Hades, Musker and Clements responded by saying they hadn't selected an appropriate actor. Therefore, Nicholson decided to pass on the project. After nine months of trying to make Lithgow's portrayal of Hades work, Lithgow was released from the role in August That same year, the filmmakers embarked on a research trip to Greece and Turkey to research classic Greek mythology.
Animation began in early with a team of nearly artists, animators, and technicians in Burbank, California while Walt Disney Animation France contributed nearly ten minutes of animation, including the finale with the Titans and Hercules' descent into the Underworld. He previously worked on other characters like Gaston in Beauty and the Beast , Jafar in Aladdin , and Scar in The Lion King with about four animators on his crew, but he had a team of twelve or thirteen for Hercules.
At around the same time, Chris Buck was assigned to animate Philoctetes, but after he left the production of Hercules , this left the character of Philoctetes without a supervising animator. Throughout production, there were twenty-seven designs for the character,  with Goldberg doing a literal caricature of DeVito with horns before being vetoed by the directors.
While maintaining DeVito's features, Goldberg then took inspiration from Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bacchus in Fantasia in terms of their curmudgeonly personality and facial structure. For the Hydra , Scarfe provided preliminary drawings to give the mythical beast its requisite fangs and serpentine necks before work was transferred over to the computer animation team headed by Roger Gould. The Hydra was sculpted into a clay model where the dimensions were digitized into the computers as a wire-frame model by which the monster was animated.
Overall, thirteen animators and technical directors spent nearly a year-and-a-half creating the four-minute battle sequence. The album also includes the single version of " Go the Distance " by Michael Bolton. For the Spanish version of the film, "Go the Distance" was redone by Ricky Martin and released as a single under the title "No Importa La Distancia" and was also very successful, both inside and outside the United States.
In the Turkish version of the film, "Go the Distance" was sung by Tarkan , who also performed the vocals for the adult Hercules. In March , Zippel was attached to compose the lyrics for the songs for the film, teaming up with Alan Menken. It can be exhilarating, especially when it gets everybody on their feet.
We were looking for a modern equivalent for the Greek references and this style of music seemed to be entertaining and a real departure at the same time. For the pop version of "Go the Distance", Michael Bolton was personally chosen by Menken to record the single,  in which Columbia Records paid an undisclosed figure to Walt Disney Records for the rights to the soundtrack. Belinda Carlisle recorded two versions of " I Won't Say I'm in Love " as well as a music video for promotional purposes.
Though the English version eventually opted not to use it, several foreign dubs have it in place of the reprise of "A Star Is Born" in the ending credits. These dubs include, but are not limited to, the Swedish one, the Finnish one, the Icelandic one and the Russian one. All lyrics written by David Zippel ; all music composed by Alan Menken. On February 4, , Disney began its marketing campaign by starting a five-month promotional traveling tour, called Disney's Hercules Mega Mall Tour Sponsored by Chevy Venture , throughout 20 cities starting first in Atlanta, Georgia.
Previously used for the marketing campaigns for Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame , the tour featured eleven attractions including a multimedia stage show, a miniature carousel themed to Baby Pegasus, a carnival with Hercules -themed game booths, and a ten-minute animation workshop hosted by animator Andreas Deja where visitors would try their hand at drawing Hercules.
On June 14, the premiere of the film was accompanied with an electric light parade held in Times Square. On September 1, , Hercules became available on Netflix. Considered a disappointment among Disney shareholders, Disney's stock price slipped 9. The website's critical consensus reads, "Fast-paced and packed with dozens of pop culture references, Hercules might not measure up with the true classics of the Disney pantheon, but it's still plenty of fun.
James Woods received universal acclaim from film reviewers for his vocal performance as Hades. Reviewing for Entertainment Weekly , Owen Gleiberman graded the film an A- acclaiming that it was Woods' most exciting performance since Salvador publishing that "Woods' performance is an inspired piece of deadpan vaudeville. Ebert also praised Woods' portrayal of Hades, stating that Woods brings "something of the same verbal inventiveness that Robin Williams brought to Aladdin ". Hades supplies the genie-like patter that Robin Williams provided in Aladdin. Hades is a lively villain with a great repertoire of one-liners.
And, although Woods isn't as much of a vocal chameleon as Williams, he's close enough that it hardly matters. The Scarfe-inspired animation style received mixed reviews with Berardinelli labeling it as the film's most disappointing aspect noting "this approach makes the film look rushed and, at times, incomplete. It is never a visual marvel — even the computer-generated scenes fail to impress. The sequences intended to offer the biggest spectacle — Olympus and the Underworld — provoke little more than a yawn.
In Hercules, ancient Thebes looks like a hastily sketched field-trip location from public TV's The Magic School Bus ; and no self-respecting immortal would be seen dead in this simplistic rendition of Mount Olympus. Disney intended for the film to have an open-air premiere at Pnyx hill , but the Greek government declined after the Greek media and public panned the film. A Greek newspaper entitled Adesmevtos Typos called it "another case of foreigners distorting our history and culture just to suit their commercial interests".
On February 6, , it was announced that a theatrical adaptation of the film would premiere at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park as part of its annual Shakespeare in the Park festival from August 31 until September 8. Menken and Zippel will return to compose and write the songs, while Kristoffer Diaz will write the book, Lear deBessonet will direct and Chase Brock will choreograph. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Theatrical release poster. Ron Clements John Musker. Morris Don Dougherty Thom Enriquez.
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