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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[An] insipid, lifeless, animated feature."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's a winning tall tale, cleverly told and wonderfully voiced..."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"...compiles pop-culture references and genre tropes that are not only crudely envisioned, but often downright contradictory to the story at hand."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Prepare to spend the summer stepping on plastic satyrs and winged horses."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Remind one of My Little Pony...mental pictures of all the plastic "Hercules" toys that soon will be littering floors and crippling barefoot adults."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Chock-full of celeb cameos, puns and contemporary camp, the movie is annoyingly hip."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Another benchmark achievement for the Aladdin team of Musker and Clements."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The most flat-out childish film of the Disney Renaissance: this is both its great triumph and ultimately the reason that it's so hard to care about it all that much."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Scarfe's pointed faces are smoothed out to a drab degree, yet not so they become characters as warm as Disney is capable of."
‑ , Film4
"while all the customary ingredients are at hand -- the dreamy hero, the curvaceous heroine, the comic sidekick, the smarmy villain -- the magic is missing this time out. ...a minor addition to the Disney pantheon."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"This is a bright movie, in both senses of the word."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"What fun!"
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Amusing, yes. Fluffy, definitely. But with no more staying power than those Hercules action figures that were already resigned to Odd-Lot by last Christmas."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"One of the best of the modern Disney animation efforts to date."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Disney's 35th animated feature may be based on a timeless tale, but it's no classic."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
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