Screenplay by Ron Clements, John Musker, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw, and Irene Mecchi
Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
Starring Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, James Woods, and Susan Egan
Released by Walt Disney Pictures, 1997
Running time: 93 minutes
Author’s note: This review contains spoilers.
“What is the measure of a true hero?”
That is the question that the solemn narrator asks at the beginning of Disney’s Hercules, an animated retelling of the myth of Heracles. But this is not a Greek tragedy, claim the sassy Muses who interrupt the narrator. They take his place in recounting a fun, triumphant story of heroism built on good philosophic premises that children and adults can enjoy and learn from. . . .