Hercules is a 1997 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The thirty-fifth animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The film is based on the legendary Greek mythology hero Heracles (known in the film by his Roman name, Hercules), the son of Zeus, in Greek mythology. Though Hercules did not match the financial success of Disney's early-1990s releases, the film received positive reviews, and made $99 million in revenue in the United States during its theatrical release and $252,712,101 worldwide. Hercules was later followed by the direct-to-video prequel Hercules: Zero to Hero, which served as a midquel to Hercules: The Animated Series, a syndicated Disney TV series focusing on Hercules during his time at the Prometheus academy. Long after Zeus, ruler of the Greek gods of Mount Olympus, defeats the Titans and locks them deep in the bowels of the earth, he and his wife Hera give birth to a son, Hercules. All the gods of Olympus celebrate Hercules's birth except for Zeus's jealous brother Hades, who was forced by Zeus to work as lord of the dead in
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This might not be one of the undisputed classics of '90s Disney animation, but it's still a pretty fun little movie and definitely worth the brisk 93-minute runtime. That's especially true if you've got little ones to keep entertained, but "Hercules" is surprisingly fun even for grownups. It's also got some of the better songs from this period of animated musicals (courtesy of the gospel chorus).
There's one scene, in particular, though, that might be too violent for some younger viewers. It's short, but there's a lot of green blood flying around. There are also a few bits of light sexual innuendo.
Overall, though, "Hercules" stands up pretty well 15+ years later thanks to some of the more experimental creative decisions that set it apart from the pack.
There may be a few scary parts for young children but that just depends on your kid so I'm giving this a 3+. It's not Disney's finest work but it's got some fun songs and it's a story that is fun for kids and adults.
This film is hugely entertaining and has a great message about what makes a man a true hero. I would give this a PG rating for the amount of violent content which includes: brawling, punching, decapitation of a monster, the annihilation of a town by a tornado, horses getting frozen to death, Herc causing physical violence to a centaur, Herc getting tossed around and beaten by a cyclops, torture by the villain of his minions and a woman getting crushed by a pillar which causes here death. The is a little bit of frightening imagery. Despite all this, the film is suitable for children 7 and older.September 5th, 2011 · Details
A classic movie for the family, showing good triumphing over evil.May 3rd, 2011 · Details