Hercules (1997) — Disney Theatrical Film

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#CotD: From Zero to Hero, “Her­cules ” flip-flopped the tra­di­tional roles of Hera and Hades.

Her­cules (1997) — Dis­ney The­atri­cal Film

A Dis­ney update of clas­sic mythol­ogy. Her­cules, the son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera, is abducted from his Mount Olym­pus home and taken to Earth by Pain and Panic– the side­kicks of Hades, the God of the Under­world. The fiery fig­ure sees Zeus’s son and an obsta­cle to his plans to take over Olym­pus. Pain and Panic bun­gle their mis­sion by not admin­is­ter­ing the whole bot­tle of poi­son, which leaves the infant with god-like strength but human mortality.

As Her­cules grows up, he dis­cov­ers the truth of his ori­gins, and sets out to prove him­self a true hero (with the help of vet­eran hero-trainer Philoctetes) so he can return to his home on Olym­pus. Hades tries to kill him with a vari­ety of calami­ties includ­ing a multi-headed Hydra, a Mino­taur, a Cyclops and an army to Titans. Along the way, Herc meets and falls in love with Megara, not know­ing she is another of Hades pawns. Only after sav­ing her from the Under­world does Her­cules dis­cover what it really is to be a hero.

You can watch “Her­cules ” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

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