Week 12: Hercules (1997)

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This is one of my top ten favourite Disney movies. It’s my childhood contained on a well-loved VHS.  Meg is one of my all-time favourite female Disney characters – she has this sassy sarcasm I just can’t get enough of.  She’s not your typical damsel in distress – that much is for sure.  It also contains one of my favourite Disney songs – Zero to Hero.  It’s one of the few songs I can actually sing word for word and I can’t get enough of it.

 Plot Summary: The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it. (www.imdb.com)

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 Fun Facts (from www.imdb.com):

During “Zero to Hero” they show Hercules and Pegasus making concrete handprints. There are multiple complete handprints around them including Achilles and Aphrodite. Each block also references a “Sid”. This is Sid Grauman, the creator of the Chinese Theater that showcases celebrity handprints in real life.

Phil cleans himself up using a lion’s skin. The skin once belonged to Scar from The Lion King (1994).

Leaving aside the ‘Pastoral’ segment of Fantasia (1940), this was the first Disney animated feature to be completely inspired by mythology rather than a fairy tale.

 Favourite Character: Meg

Favourite Songs:

“I Can Go the Distance” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EYVepDBAC0

“Zero to Hero” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnxygiE2fX8

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 Quotable Quotes:

“Honey! You mean Hunk-ules!”

“If? If is good!”

“We already got 5. And we want to keep it an even number.”

“Two words: I AM retired.”

“I’m a damsel. I’m in distress. I can handle this. Have a nice day.”

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“My friends call me Meg. At least they would if I had any friends.”

“Somebody call IXII!”

“This is the honest to Zeus truth.”

“Aren’t we forgetting one little teensy weensy, but, ever so crucial, detail?”

“We dance. We schmooze. We kiss. We carry on. We go home happy.”

“People always do crazy things when they’re in love.”

“Guys, get your titanic rears in gear and kick some Olympian … Whoa! Is my hair out?”

“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.”

Final Thoughts:

When things get tough, trust your heart.  Only when Herc lost all his strength and felt he had nothing left, did he truly look inside and become a true hero.

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 5 Mickeys out of 5:

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Next Week’s Movie: Toy Story

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2 thoughts on “Week 12: Hercules (1997)

  1. Mel, I love your blog. It makes me want to watch Disney animated movies 24/7 and move to Orlando. No wait… Anaheim. Anyway, I always said that I didn’t like Hercules all that much, but your write-up, especially the quotes, warms me up to it a lot. It’s also one of my daughter Erika’s favourites.

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