Film Review: Hercules () – Feeling Animated
We are a community of Geeks that strives to be a leading voice in the fight for Diversity . Hercules Live Action Fancast: Meet The Muses!. Hercules is a American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney On the way, they meet Megara—"Meg" for short—a sarcastic damsel whom Josh Keaton provided the speaking voice of Hercules as a teenager, while Roger Michael Show served as the supervising animator for the Muses. Day Favourite singing voice- Hercules Muses. Ladies could siiiing.
Scarfe was best known at the time as a cartoonist for The Sunday Times and as an illustrator for The New Yorker, but in the world of animation, he was noted for creating the outlandish animated segments of the film Pink Floyd — the Wall.
Scarfe began to produce great quantities of evocative concept work in his London studio and ultimately, Hercules became a three-year commitment for him, involving lots of faxing and mailing and trips to California the artists also visited him in London.
Scarfe was there, and it helped many of the animators to meet and speak with him as some had been intimidated by the idea of working with such a well-known artist. The two days the artists spent together proved beneficial and work progressed much more smoothly after this.
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As had become the norm by this point, the team also benefited from a research trip to the location. In April of many of the key contributors headed out for a two-week expedition to Greece and Turkey, spending six days in the former and eight in the latter.
In Turkey, they spent two days on a yacht photographing the Turkish coast and visited other ancient ruins and historic sites, taking pictures all the while for future reference.
The experience helped to gel the filmmakers into a more cohesive unit and gave them a better feel for the setting they would be working in. Released in the summer of to rather underwhelming reviews, Hercules suffers from some of the same problems that Pocahontas did; a lot of people especially the Greeks resented it for butchering the original myths it was based on, while others found the pop culture references too schlocky and awkward for the context.
That said, the animation and music easily hold their own against any of the earlier Renaissance classics, so it definitely has its qualities. The film, I mean, not the guy… blech.
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For the role of the titular hero, Donny Osmond apparently auditioned, but was turned down because his voice was considered too deep. Actually, of all the Renaissance leads so far, the one he most resembles is probably Simba.
Much like Aladdin, Herc at this point is apparently dreaming of fame and glory, equating this with personal worth like so many other teenagers. Most of the earlier leads like ArielBelle and Quasimodo had a burning desire for something, a powerful internal motivation which pulled them forwards through their stories and kept us invested in their struggles.
Hercules, by contrast, is closer to Pocahontas in that he has a vague feeling of discomfort, but has to be told by another character what to do to solve this. The pair set out for Thebes, but along the way, they find Meg grappling with Nessus, giving Hercules a chance to try to prove his skills.
However, he has no finesse and simply barges in with his fists, as clumsy as ever. Fortunately, this works and Nessus is defeated; more difficult is impressing Meg, who is clearly much more worldly-wise than Hercules. For at least the third time now in the canon, we have a relationship between a boyish, innocent kind of guy and a more cynical and mature woman, but I think it works better here than in the earlier couplings.Hercules Music and Songs
With Nala and Simba, I could never quite understand what Nala saw in him; Simba was so riddled with insecurities that they ended up having a big fight right after their love ballad! Hercules, for his part, has such vague motives that the need to save Meg in the climax adds a great deal of punch that it would otherwise have lacked. The romance between these two turns out to be the most interesting aspect of the story in the end, because the rest is rather flimsy.
The trouble with Hercules as a character is that his story feels very… derivative.
Film Review: Hercules (1997)
Almost everything he does or that happens to him seems to have been ripped off other films and stories. At one point, Meg even lampshades his rather selfish attitude when he shows excitement upon hearing about the trapped children who need his help. Becoming a true hero is just a means to an end for Hercules. I can believe that; they are both clumsy redheads, after all! In the classic tradition of weaker Disney films, one of its strong points is the villain.
After dropping Lithgow in August ofthey finally replaced him with James Woods in October and thus, a classic Disney villain for the ages was born.
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He was originally scripted as a quieter and more menacing character in the vein of Jafar, but that was before Woods was cast. His rapid-fire style of comedy delighted the filmmakers to the extent that they rewrote the script to try and accommodate it, but even then he was allowed to ad-lib many scenes much like Robin Williams did with the Genie.
Comedy writers Don McEnery and Bob Shaw were recruited by creative executive Jane Healey to work on Hercules where their contribution was "important structural things like putting capital letters at the beginnings of sentences and adding periods and commas. After Red Buttons had auditioned, he left stating "I know what you're gonna do.
You're gonna give this part to Danny Devito! He said that the female lead in Hercules was supposed to be this cynical smart-ass, sounding nothing at all like sweet, innocent Belle. Nine months following the results of the test animation synced with Egan's audition, Egan won the role.
When DeVito asked the directors who had in mind to play Hades, Musker and Clements responded by saying they hadn't selected an appropriate actor. Therefore, Nicholson decided to pass on the project. After nine months of trying to make Lithgow's portrayal of Hades work, Lithgow was released from the role in August That same year, the filmmakers embarked on a research trip to Greece and Turkey to research classic Greek mythology.
He previously worked on other characters like Gaston in Beauty and the BeastJafar in Aladdinand Scar in The Lion King with about four animators on his crew, but he had a team of twelve or thirteen for Hercules. At around the same time, Chris Buck was assigned to animate Philoctetes, but after he left the production of Hercules, this left the character of Philoctetes without a supervising animator.
Throughout production, there were twenty-seven designs for the character,  with Goldberg doing a literal caricature of DeVito with horns before being vetoed by the directors.