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Hercules
Directed by
  • John Musker
  • Ron Clements
Produced by
  • Alice Dewey
  • John Musker
  • Ron Clements
Screenplay by
  • Ron Clements
  • John Musker
  • Donald McEnery
  • Bob Shaw
  • Irene Mecchi
Story by
  • Kaan Kalyon
  • Kelly Wightman
  • Randy Cartwright
  • John Ramirez
  • Jeff Snow
  • Vance Gerry
  • Kirk Hanson
  • Francis Glebas
  • Mark Kennedy
  • Bruce M. Morris
  • Don Dougherty
  • Thom Enriquez
Narrated by Charlton Heston
Starring
Music by Alan Menken
Editing by Tom Finan
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date(s) June 15, 1997 (1997-06-15) (New Amsterdam Theatre)
June 27, 1997 (1997-06-27) (North America)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $85 million
Money made $252.7 million

Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical movie. It was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 35th animated movie in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The movie was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The movie is based on the legendary Greek mythology hero Heracles (known in the movie by his Roman name, Hercules), the son of Zeus, in Greek mythology.

"Go the Distance" was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It lost both to Celine Dion's hit "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic.

Cast

  • Tate Donovan as Hercules, based on the mythological deity Heracles.
    • Josh Keaton provided the speaking voice of Hercules as a teenager. Roger Bart was his singing voice.
  • Danny DeVito as Philoctetes/Phil.
  • James Woods as Hades.
  • Susan Egan as Megara.
  • Frank Welker as Pegasus.
  • Rip Torn and Samantha Eggar as Zeus and Hera, Hercules' birth-parents.
  • Lillias White, Cheryl Freeman, LaChanze, Roz Ryan and Vanéese Y. Thomas as the Muses (Calliope, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Thalia and Clio respectively), the narrators of the movie's story.
  • Bobcat Goldthwait and Matt Frewer as Pain and Panic, Hades' henchmen.
  • Patrick Pinney as the Cyclops.
  • Hal Holbrook and Barbara Barrie as Amphitryon and Alcmene, Hercules' adoptive parents.
  • Amanda Plummer, Carole Shelley and Paddi Edwards as Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos, the three Fates who predict Hades' attempt to conquer Olympus.
  • Paul Shaffer as Hermes.
  • Jim Cummings as Nessus.
  • Wayne Knight as Demetrius
  • Keith David as Apollo
  • Charlton Heston has a cameo role as the opening narrator.

Awards and nominations

  • Academy Awards
  • Academy Award for Best Original Song - "Go the Distance" (Nominated)
  • Golden Globes
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song - "Go the Distance" (Nominated)
  • Best Fantasy Movie (Nominated)
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
  • Favorite Animated Family Movie (Nominated)
  • Favorite Song from a Movie - "Go the Distance" (Nominated)
  • Best Performance in a Voice Over Role - Young Actor Josh Keaton for Young Hercules's voice (Nominated)
Result Award Winner/Nominee Recipient(s)
Nominated Animated Theatrical Feature
Won Individual Achievement in Producing Alice Dewey (Producer)
John Musker (Producer)
Ron Clements (Producer)
Won Individual Achievement in Directing John Musker (Director)
Ron Clements (Director)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Character Animation Ken Duncan (Supervising Animator - Meg)
Won Individual Achievement in Character Animation Nik Ranieri (Supervising Animator - Hades)
Won Individual Achievement in Effects Animation Mauro Maressa (Effects Supervisor)

Release Dates

Country Premiere
 Canada June 27, 1997
 United States June 27, 1997
 Argentina July 3, 1997
 Brazil July 4, 1997
Mexico Mexico July 4, 1997
 South Korea July 5, 1997
 Hong Kong July 10, 1997
 Greece July 12, 1997
 Taiwan July 12, 1997
 Japan July 26, 1997
 Azerbaijan August 10, 1997
 Belarus August 10, 1997
 Kazakhstan August 10, 1997
 Singapore September 4, 1997
 New Zealand September 11, 1997
 Philippines September 12, 1997
 Australia September 18, 1997
 United Kingdom October 10, 1997
Republic of Ireland Ireland October 17, 1997
 Denmark November 14, 1997
 Sweden November 14, 1997
 Spain November 17, 1997
 Germany November 20, 1997
 Netherlands November 20, 1997
 Switzerland November 21, 1997 (German speaking region)
 Poland November 21, 1997
 Iceland November 22, 1997
 Belgium November 26, 1997
 France November 26, 1997
 Hungary November 27, 1997
 Estonia November 28, 1997
 Portugal November 28, 1997
 South Africa November 28, 1997
 Finland December 5, 1997
 Italy December 5, 1997
 Norway December 5, 1997
 Slovenia December 11, 1997
 Turkey January 23, 1998
 Russia June 2, 2001

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