Hercules vs. Heracles – Disneyfied, or Disney tried?
Hercules becomes a famous hero with the help of his friend Pegasus and his personal Returning to the Underworld, Hades meets up with the 3 Fates, who tell However, upon visiting the Temple of Zeus again, Zeus explains to Hercules. Jonathan Freeman as Jafar · Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine · Scott Weinger as Aladdin souls is not cooperating. The soul in question, Jafar, approaches Hades and demands to be sent back. When Hercules, Phil and Pegasus arrive in Agrabah, Aladdin, Jasmine and Carpet engage them. Aladdin gets Hercules to . 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 Hercules and Pegasus fly to Olympus where they free the gods and . Disney came back with a counter offer that was significantly less than what.
On excerpts detailed in Novemberthe similarities between their outlines included the naive title character caught between two worlds, a Danny DeVito -type sidekick, a world-wise heroine, and a powerful villain in a battle of idealism versus cynicism. So we thought of different ways he could be half-man and half-god. We moved more toward making Hades the villain instead of Hera.
The Underworld seemed like such a fascinating, dark images; the contrast with Olympus seemed to have all kinds of visual possibilities. 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.
As Deja explains, this means "straight nose, pursed lips — almost cherubic, large eyes, a lidded look The classic style you find on Greek vases or drawings. Hercules has also appeared in the Kingdom Hearts series. In the series, Sora must help Hercules defeat the evil Hades who, having joined Maleficent 's main group of Disney Villainsis still trying to take over Olympus.
In the first game, he is voiced by Sean Astinbut Donovan reprises his role in the second game.
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His Japanese voice is done by Yasunori Matsumoto. Phil[ edit ] Phil which is short for Philoctetesbased on the mythological Philoctetesis a satyr who is a trainer of aspiring heroes who has often been disappointed by his trainees' shortcomings. This however, seems to be a conflation with the myth of Chironas Phil states that he trained Achilles and Jason of the Argonauts, both disciples of Chiron. He also says that he trained OdysseusPerseusTheseus -- "a lot of 'yeuses.
Phil has long-since retired after failing to train a successful hero, but is convinced to train the callow young Hercules. While training Hercules or watching him fight, Phil would constantly utter at least one of his rules. After his training is complete, Phil, Hercules and Pegasus set out for the city of Thebes to prove Hercules' newfound worth. Along the way, Hercules saves a woman named Megara from being pestered by the centaur Nessusand becomes attracted to her, while Phil immediately clashes with her, considering her a distraction from Hercules' activities.
Phil becomes a personal manager to the celebrity Hercules has become. Later in the film, Phil discovers that Megara is working for Hadesher mission being to find Hercules' weakness. Phil tries to warn Hercules, but abandons him after an argument ensues.
When Hercules loses his powers to Hades, it is Megara who convinces Phil to return to Hercules, motivating him into battling and defeating the Cyclops through improvisation. During the fight, Megara is mortally wounded by a falling column to save Hercules, and Phil is left taking care of the dying Megara while Hercules fights Hades and the Titans. When Hercules and his friends return to Thebes, Phil is gratified when the people refer to the mighty and triumphant Hercules as "Phil's boy".
In the film, Philoctetes' voice is provided by Danny DeVito while Robert Costanzo fills the role in the character's video game and television appearances. Megara[ edit ] Megara commonly shortened to Megbased on the mythological Megarais a young woman who used to work for Hades, the Lord of the Underworld. Megara has fair skin and waist-length brown hair which is pulled into a ponytail.
She appears to wear purple makeup to match the color of her eyes and a Grecian-style dress.
Sometime during the events of Hercules, Meg went to Hades and sold her soul to revive a lover of hers who had died. Hades agreed on the condition that she serve him forever, which she accepted. However, shortly after her lover was revived, he fell in love with someone else and ungratefully left Meg locked in servitude to Hades.
This background story of the character alludes to the myth of Alcestiswho dies by proxy for her husband Admetus. While Meg follows Hades' orders, she shows open defiance at times and a cheeky attitude. Meg first appears on screen while trying to convince the centaur Nessus to join Hades' forces, only to have him attempt to seduce her.
Hercules intervenes, defeating Nessus in a fight and becoming enamoured of Meg, which Hades plans to use to his advantage. Later in Thebes, Meg lures Hercules to the Hydrawhom he defeats. After Hercules achieves several more victories, Meg is openly smug and confident that he cannot be defeated. Hades offers Meg her freedom in exchange for discovering Hercules' weakness. Meg, however, develops feelings for Hercules instead. Eventually Hades realizes that Meg's affection is perhaps his only undoing and uses her as leverage to convince Hercules to give up his enhanced strength for one day in return for her safety; if the deal is broken, his superhuman strength returns.
To prevent Meg from persuading Hercules to deny this, Hades has her bound and gagged with smoke. Hades then reveals Meg worked for him all along, causing him to leave Hercules heartbroken. Meg and Phil later find Hercules being clobbered by the Cyclops and saves him from the fall of a collapsing column and dies in process. Hercules succeeds in reclaiming her spirit and restoring her life during his foray into the Underworld. Once ascended to the Olympus, he declines a place offered to him among the gods to live with Meg on Earth.
The Animated SeriesMeg appeared twice, once as a teenager and once as an adult from the movie timeline. She meets Hercules, offering a chance to prove himself as a hero. Having him retrieve her the amphora so she can use it to forget about Adonis who she had a blind date with that went badly.
They do retrieve it from Ares' sons, but Meg leaves Hercules to escape. She is immediately taken to the Underworld by Pain and Panic; Hercules, despite her betrayal, goes after her. During a fight for the amphora, Meg tells Hercules that she liked him from the start.Hercules Talks to Zeus HD
They almost kiss, but the amphora's water is dropped on them, causing them to forget how they met, and reinforcing the fact that Hercules and Meg never established any relationship until the film. Another episode, "Hercules and the Yearbook", takes place after the events of the film and features Hercules and Meg moving his stuff from Phil's island.
Hermes delivers a special package, which Hercules immediately hides from Meg. Phil reveals all of Hercules' incidents during his school time, and Hercules tells Meg he did not want to show her the yearbook because he wants her to see him as a hero. Meg tells him that she accepts that part of his life as an awkward phase, and loves him just the same.
However, this does not stop Hercules from having Hermes retrieve Meg's own yearbook where it is revealed Meg was a cheerleader and in the glee club. She assists Sora in the fight against the Hydra by providing useful items. She also appears in Disney's House of Mouse as a guest. In all English-language media, Meg is voiced by Susan Egan. Meg is loosely based on the mythological Megarafirst wife of Hercules in mythology, with undertones from another mythological figure, Deianirawho in Greek mythology was the third wife of Hercules.
Pegasus[ edit ] Pegasus, based on the mythological Pegasusis the winged horse of Hercules. He is very jealous of the relationship between his master and Meg. He was created by Zeus as a gift for the infant Hercules out of clouds, consisting of, as Zeus stated cirrusnimbostratusand cumulonimbus.
Pegasus is very true and a great "friend" of Hercules and helps in everything.
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Described by Zeus himself as "a magnificent horse with the brain of a bird", Pegasus' behavior mixes elements of both a steed and a bird, with habits such as clicking his tongue, whistling, and at times, perching on one of Hercules' shoulders. The characterization is under the archetype of a "friendly beast".
Frank Welker does Pegasus' horse sounds. Hades[ edit ] Hades is the brother of Zeus and Poseidon. This version is a fast-talking, ornery, evil lord of the underworld, as well as sleazy persuasive Hollywood agent types and car dealers. In all of his appearances, Hades has been voiced by James Woods. The character's mannerisms and other tendencies were partly due to James Woods's using "car-dealer"-style speech while providing the voice of Hades.
Hades is described as "mean" and "ruthless" by the Muses. His status as a god makes him immortal, but not invincible. His status as a god likely makes him one of the most powerful if not the most powerful Disney villain. He wears a dark robe with a skull-shaped perone, a pin used to fasten a chiton around the body at the shoulder, and his hair is a glowing blue flame, which flares whenever he becomes enraged if he's excited, it stays blue and if he's angry or frustrated, it turns yellow while his whole body turns redand can also be extinguished his hair was blown out at one point by Pegasus.
James Woods has stated that Hades is one of his favorite roles in his career, and he will gladly reprise the role whenever asked. Upon visiting the Fates, he learns that he could succeed by releasing the Titans in eighteen years, but if Zeus's son, Hercules, is to fight Hades, he will fail.
Hades sends his demons, Pain and Panicto kidnap baby Hercules and give him a potion that would render him mortal, and kill him. Hercules needs to drink every last drop for it to work, but ends up losing the last drop. Thus Hercules, though mortal, retains his god-like strength and spends his life on Earth. Pain and Panic, however, tell Hades that Hercules is dead, hoping that he will not find out. Later, a young woman named Megara sells her soul to Hades so that he will return her lover's soul.
He does, but Meg's lover ungratefully dumps her for another girl shortly afterwards. Meg remains trapped as a slave to Hades, and he uses her beauty, charm and intelligence as an advantage to persuade monsters to join his army.
After discovering that Hercules is still alive, Hades sends The Hydra to finish Hercules off, only for Hercules to slay it. When he finds out that Hercules has strongly fallen romantically in love with Megara, he uses this to his advantage and makes a deal with Hercules: Herc must give up his God-like superhuman strength for the next twenty-four hours secretly the same twenty-four hours he will use to take over Olympus in exchange for Meg's freedom.
Herc agrees, as long as Meg will be safe from any harm. Hades then reveals that Megara was working for him the whole time, crushing Hercules' will to fight. Hades then releases the Titanswho defeat and imprison the gods, and sends the Cyclops to kill the weakened and discouraged Hercules to keep him from getting in the way, but Hercules defeats the monster using his wits.
However, Megara is grievously injured saving Hercules from a falling pillar, negating Hades's deal that Meg would not be hurt. Hercules is thus given his Godly powers back and returns to Mount Olympus where he easily takes down the Titans and frees the gods. Hades loses his temper, but he taunts Hercules that he at least has a parting gift; while Hercules was fighting the Titans, Megara died from her injuries. Hercules travels to the Underworld to rescue her soul and offers himself to Hades in exchange for Megara's freedom.
He swims into the River Styx to retrieve her soul. It almost kills him, when his full cosmic Godhood is restored by his being willing to risk his own life to save the woman he loves.
Hercules emerges from the pit, alive and immortal with Megara's soul in his arms, much to Hades' shock and anger. Knowing that he can't stop Hercules in his path, Hades begs the hero to try and ease things with him and the other gods, but Hercules angrily punches Hades into the River Styx, where he is swarmed by vengeful souls and dragged to the depths.
Later, with the return of Hercules in the form of an animated seriesHades also re-appeared, and had many appearances trying to take over Olympus, such as tricking the other gods into swimming in the waters of Lethe to forget their pasts, arranging for the sun to be stolen, or sending Cerberus after a temporarily mortal Zeus.
One episode even had a crossover where Jafar makes a deal with Hades, in order to make Hercules and Aladdin fight each other. While Hades and Jafar had numerous things in common, Jafar's evil laugh consistently got on the more smooth-talking Hades' nerves — at least until he tried it for himself, calling it "cleansing.