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Promotional poster
Directed by Ron Clements
John Musker
Produced by Ron Clements
John Musker
Written by Ron Clements
John Musker
Barry Johnson
Narrated by Charlton Heston
Starring Tate Donovan
Danny DeVito
James Woods
Susan Egan
Rip Torn
Music by Alan Menken
David Zippel
Editing by Tom Finan
Robert Hedland
Studio Walt Disney Feature Animation
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) June 27, 1997
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $85 million
Gross revenue $252,712,101
Followed by Hercules: Zero to Hero

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

Though Hercules did not match the financial success of Disney's early-1990s releases, the film received positive reviews,[1] and made $99 million in revenue in the United States during its theatrical release and $252,700,000 worldwide.[2]

Hercules was later followed by the direct-to-video prequel Hercules: Zero to Hero, which served as a midquel to Hercules: The Animated Series, a syndicated Disney TV series focusing on Hercules during his time at the Prometheus academy.



Long after Zeus, ruler of the Greek gods of Olympus, defeats the Titans and locks them deep in the bowels of the earth, he and his wife Hera give birth to a son, Hercules. All the gods of Olympus celebrate Hercules's birth except for Zeus's jealous brother Hades, who was forced by Zeus to work as lord of the dead in the Underworld, and seeks to overthrow his brother. Hades learns from the Fates that in eighteen years, a planetary alignment will reveal the location of where the Titans are trapped, allowing him to free them and take over Olympus, but only if Hercules doesn't interfere. Hades sends his minions Pain and Panic to kidnap Hercules, bring him to Earth, and kill him after giving him a potion that will turn him mortal. However, Pain and Panic are unable to give Hercules the entire potion which, while still making him mortal, allows him to retain his godlike strength. Hercules is then found by a farmer and his wife, who raise him as their own son.

Over the next eighteen years, Hercules grows up into a misfit, his strength seen as a nuisance to all the locals. After being dejected by the townsfolk when he accidentally destroys the marketplace, Hercules questions where he truly belongs. His foster parents reveal how they found him with a medallion bearing the symbol of the gods, so Hercules travels to the temple of Zeus, where the almighty god's statue comes to life and reveals his past and true lineage. Zeus explains that Hercules can become a god again and return to Olympus if he can become a true hero, so he sets out on his old childhood friend Pegasus to find the satyr Philoctetes—"Phil" for short—a trainer of heroes. Phil has long-since retired after failing to train a successful hero, but is convinced to train Hercules.

After his training is complete, Hercules sets out with Phil and Pegasus to the city of Thebes to prove his newfound worth. Along the way, Hercules saves a woman named Megara—"Meg" for short—from being pestered by the centaur Nessus, and becomes attracted to her. Unbeknownst to Hercules, Meg is in league with Hades after selling her soul to save a man she once loved, but had left her for another woman. Discovering Hercules to still be alive, Hades sets up a trap for him outside of Thebes where he is forced to battle the Hydra. However, Hercules manages to defeat the Hydra, and is praised by all of Thebes as a hero. Hercules is treated like a celebrity, but Zeus informs him that he is not a true hero yet.

Meg is sent by Hades to find Hercules's weakness, but she falls in love with him instead. Phil discovers Meg to be working for Hades and attempts to warn Hercules, but abandons him after an argument ensues. Realizing that Meg is Hercules's weakness, Hades uses her to make a deal with Hercules in which he must give up his powers for an entire day in exchange for Meg's safety. Of course, Hades uses this time to free the Titans and take over Olympus, and Hercules, crushed by Meg's deception, loses the will to fight. One of the Titans, a Cyclops, is sent to Thebes to eliminate Hercules. Meg convinces Phil to return to Hercules, motivating him into battling and defeating the Cyclops through improvisation. However, Meg is mortally wounded by a falling column to save Hercules, though it breaks Hades's deal of Meg not being harmed and restores Hercules's powers, allowing him to defeat the Titans. Unfortunately, he is too late to save Meg from dying.

Hercules confronts Hades in the Underworld and offers his soul to reclaim Meg's. Hades accepts, but only if Hercules can reclaim it in the River Styx, which gradually saps his life force as he swims. However, his will to sacrifice his life for Meg awakens Hercules as a true hero and restores his status as an immortal god. Hercules successfully retrieves Meg's soul and punches Hades into the River Styx, where he is dragged to the depths by vengeful souls. Hercules returns Meg's soul to her body and brings her back to life, and is brought to Olympus where the gods welcome him back into his old home. However, Hercules is unable to live without Meg, and Zeus allows him to stay on Earth as a mortal to stay with the one he loves. Zeus creates a constellation of Hercules in the night sky, allowing the world to hail him as a true hero.



Production for the film took place from the fall of 1995 to early 1997.


Design and animation

Each major character in Hercules had a supervising animator. Andreas Deja, the supervising animator for Hercules, commented that the animation crew he worked with to animate Hercules was the "largest [he] ever worked with". He previously worked on other characters (like Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Jafar in Aladdin, and Scar in The Lion King) with about four animators on his crew, but he had a team of twelve or thirteen for Hercules. He cited Greek statues and artist Gerald Scarfe's work in Pink Floyd The Wall as references. With regard to Megara, supervising animator Ken Duncan stated that she was "based on a '40s screwball comedienne" and that he used Greek shapes for her hair ("Her head is in sort of a vase shape and she's got a Greek curl in the back.") Nik Ranieri, the supervising animator for Hades, mentioned that the character was "based on a Hollywood agent, a car salesman type", and that a lot came from James Woods' ad-libbed dialogue. He went on to say that the hardest part in animating Hades was that he talks too much and too fast, so much so that "it took [him] two weeks to animate a one-second scene". Eric Goldberg, the supervising animator for Philoctetes, cited Grumpy in Snow White and Bacchus in Fantasia as the inspirations for the character's design.[3]

The actors' performances also influenced the way the characters were animated. Deja integrated Donovan's "charming yet innocent quality" into Hercules' expressions. Goldberg mentioned that they discovered that Danny DeVito "has really different mouth shapes" when they videotaped his recordings and that they used these shapes in animating Phil. Ranieri watched James Woods' other films and used what he saw as the basis for Hades' sneer.[3]




Marketing and promotion for Hercules began even before the film's theatrical release. Several Hercules toys, books, and other merchandise were produced,[4] and a parade was held at Times Square during the film's premiere two weeks prior to its theatrical run.[5] Hercules was also received the first Disney on Ice adaptation before the film was theatrically released.[6] A tie-in video game, titled Hercules Action Game, was developed by Eurocom and released in July 1997 for the PC and PlayStation.[7]

Home media

The film's first home video release, on VHS, was February 3, 1998 in the US as part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection series. A Limited Issue came out on DVD November 9, 1999, followed by on August 1, 2000, a re-issue to VHS and DVD as part of the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection.


Disney intended for the film to have an open-air premiere at Pnyx hill, but the Greek government declined after Greek media and public panned the film. A Greek newspaper entitled Adsmevtos Typos called it "another case of foreigners distorting our history and culture just to suit their commercial interests".[8]

After a one-theater release in June 15, 1997, Hercules had its wide release on June 27, 1997. With an opening weekend of $21,454,451, it opened at the second spot of the box office, after Face/Off.[9] The film grossed only $99 million on its domestic lifetime, something Disney's executives blamed on "more competition".[10] The international totals for Hercules raised its gross to $253 million.[2]

Critical reception

As of 2008, Rotten Tomatoes reported that 83% of critics gave positive reviews based on 48 reviews[1].

Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote a positive review of the film, enjoying the story as well as the animation. Ebert also praised James Woods' portrayal of Hades, stating that Woods brings "something of the same verbal inventiveness that Robin Williams brought to Aladdin".[11]

Awards and nominations

  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards[15]
  • Favorite Animated Family Movie (Nominated)
  • Favorite Song from a Movie - "Go the Distance" (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)


  1. ^ a b "Hercules (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Hercules (1997)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Quick Draw Artists". Disney Adventures: 44–49. September 1997. 
  4. ^ Grossman, Wendy (June 26, 1997). "Disney flexes marketing muscle for Hercules". Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  5. ^ Gest, Emily (June 10, 1997). "DISNEY'S READY TO ROLL WITH HERCULEAN LABOR". Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  6. ^ Wasko, Janet (2001). Understanding Disney: the manufacture of fantasy. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 0745614841. 
  7. ^ Disney's Hercules at Eurocom
  8. ^ Byrne, Ciaran; Julia Llewelyn Smith (October 9, 1997). "Greeks put Hercules on trial". The Nation: C6, C8.,3065624. 
  9. ^ Weekend Box Office Results for June 27-29, 1997 - Box Office Mojo
  10. ^ Hercules Is Too Weak to Lift Disney Stock, The New York Times
  11. ^ Ebert, Roger (1997-6-27). "Hercules review". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2010-1-4. 
  12. ^ "1997 (70th)". Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  13. ^ "HFPA Awards Search". Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  14. ^ "Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: 1998". Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  15. ^ "Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: 1998". Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  16. ^ "Nineteenth Annual Youth in Film Awards 1996-1997". Retrieved 2009-01-09. 

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Hercules is a 1997 film about the adventures of Hercules, the son of Zeus in Greek mythology.

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. Written by Ron Clements, Barry Johnson, Don McEnery, Irene Mecchi, John Musker and Bob Shaw.
A Comedy of Epic Proportions



  • "Wow. What a day. First that restaurant by the bay... And then that, that play, that, that, that Oedipus thing?! Man! I thought I had problems!"
  • "But, Father, I've defeated every single monster I've come up against. I-I'm... I'm the most famous person in all of Greece. I'm... I-I'm an action figure!"
  • "A true hero. Great! Uh, exactly how do you become a true hero?"

The Narrator and the Muses

[First lines]
Narrator: Long ago, in the far away land of ancient Greece, there was a golden age of powerful gods and extraordinary heroes. And the greatest and strongest of all these heroes... was the mighty Hercules. But what is the measure of a true hero? Now that is where our story--
Muse: Would you listen to him?!
Muse 2: He's making the story sound like some Greek tragedy!
Muse 3: Lighten up, dude!
Muse 4: We'll take it from here, darling.
Narrator: You go, girls.


  • [about Hercules] "He comes on with his big, innocent farm boy routine, but I could see through that in a Peloponnesian minute."
  • "You know how men are. They think 'No' means 'Yes' and 'Get lost' means 'Take me, I'm yours'"
  • "Thanks for everything, Herc. It's been a real slice."
  • [while Hercules stutters for an answer] "Are you always this articulate?"
  • "I'm a big tough girl. I tie my own sandals and everything."
  • "Bye-bye, Wonderboy."
  • "Megara. My friends call me Meg. At least they would if I had any friends. So did they give you a name along with all those rippling pectorals?"
  • [getting down from Pegasus] "I'll be fine. Just get me down before I ruin the upholstery."
  • [seeing Hercules hiding from fans behind a curtain] "Let's see. Who could be behind curtain number one?"
  • [after a mob of female fans have left Hercules] "It's all right. The sea of raging hormones has ebbed."
  • "Everyone in Greece thinks you're the greatest thing since they put the pocket in pita."
  • [as she lays dying in Hercules' arms] "People always do crazy things... [groans] when they're in love."
  • "Do you think your nanny goat would go [squeezes a stress-toy replica of Phil] beserk if you played hooky this afternoon?"
  • "Ah Phil Shmill. Just follow me. Out the window, round the dumbbells, you lift up the back wall, and we're gone."
  • [Hades shoots fire at a Hercules vase and it explodes] "Nice shootin' Rex."


  • "How sentimental. You know, I haven't been this choked up since I got a hunk of moussaka caught in my throat! Huh! [No one replies.] So, is this an audience or a mosaic?"
  • "Well, well. It's a small underworld, after all, huh?"
  • "Zeusy, I'm home!"
  • "Memo to me, memo to me: maim you after my meeting."
  • "He's gotta have a weakness, because everybody's got a weakness. I mean, for what? Pandora, it was the box thing. For the Trojans, hey. They bet on the wrong horse, okay?"
  • [Hercules has just given up his godly strength] "You may feel just a little queasy, it's kind of natural. Maybe you should sit DOWN!! [Pins one of Hercules's weights on him. Being fully mortal now, he cannot lift it.] Now you know how it feels to be just like everyone else. Isn't it just peachy?"
  • [to the Titans] "Uh, guys? Olympus would be that way."
  • "I'm about to rearrange the cosmos, and the one schlemiel who can louse it up is WALTZING AROUND IN THE WOODS!!!"
  • [to Hercules] "Alright, so here's the trade-off. You give up your strength for about 24 hours - Okay, say the next 24 hours, [fast] and Meg-here-is-as-free-as-a-bird-and-safe-from-harm, you dance, you kiss, you schmooze, you carry-on, we go home happy... Whaddaya say?"
  • "Meg, Meg, Meg, my sweet, deluded little minion. Aren't we forgetting one teensy-weensy but ever-so-crucial tiny little detail? I OWN YOU!!!"
  • "Baboom. Name's Hades, Lord of the Dead, hi, how ya doin'?"
  • "Guys, get your titanic rears in gear and kick some Olympian butt! [Pegasus blows out the flames on his head] Whoa, is my hair out?"
  • "Gotta blaze. I have a whole cosmos out there waiting for me... with, hey, my name on it."
  • "Game, Set, Match."
  • "My favorite part of the game... Sudden death."
  • "We were so CLOSE!! So close, we tripped at the finish line! Why? Because our little nut Meg has to go all noble."
  • [heard after the credits end] "What d'ya say? It's happy ending time! Everybody's got a little slice of somethin' but me. I got nothin'. I'm - I'm here with nothin'. Is anybody listening?! It's like I'm - What am I, an echo or something? Hello? Hello? Am I talking to, what, hyperspace?! Hello, it's me. Nobody listens."


  • "Two words: I. Am. Retired!" [Hercules finger-counts in confusion]
  • "I trained all those would-be heroes. Odysseus, Perseus, Theseus. A lot of "yusses". And every single one of those bums let me down flatter than a discus. None of them could go the distance. (Looking at a statue of a soldier in armour) And then there was Achilles. Now there was a guy who had it all; the build, the foot-speed. He could jab! He could take a hit! He could keep on comin'! [pause] BUT THAT FORSLUGGINER HEEL OF HIS! He barely gets nicked there once (he flicks the statue´s heel and it shatters into tiny fragments) and kaboom! He's history. Yeah, I had a dream. I dreamed I would train the greatest hero there ever was. So great the gods would hang a picture of him in the stars for everyone to see. And everyone would say, "That's Phil's boy." That's right... Ah, but dreams are for rookies, kid. A guy can only take so much disappointment."
  • "One town, a million troubles. The one and only Thebes. The Big Olive itself. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere."
  • "Keep your toga on, pal."
  • "Rein it in, rookie. You can get away with mistakes like those in the minor decathalons, but this is the big leagues!"
  • "Nymphs, they can't keep their hands off me."
  • [singing] "It takes more than sinew, comes down to what's in you, you'll have to continue to gro-o-ow! Now that's more like it!"
  • "Hold it. Zeus is your father, right? [scoffs incredulously] Zeus! The big guy! [makes cradling motion] He's your daddy! [laughs] Mr. Lightning Bolts! Read me a book, will ya, da-da? [laughs, then puts on a gruff voice] "Once upon a time...""
  • [On Pegasus who is acting like a police helicopter and yelling through a bullhorn] "ALL RIGHT BREAK IT UP! BREAK IT UP! PARTY'S OVER! I'VE BEEN LOOKIN' ALL OVER THIS TOWN!"
  • [singing] "My answer is two words: (Lightning strikes him) ...Okay!"
  • "Like painting a masterpiece, it's a work of heart."
  • "SHE'S A FRAAAUUUD!!! She's been playing you for a sap!"


  • "Fabulous party. Y'know, I haven't seen this much love in a room since Narcissus discovered himself."
  • "Uh, Hephaestus has been captured, my lord. Everyone's been captured. (Pain and Panic grab him) Ah! I've been captured! Hey, watch the glasses."


Atropos (Third Fate): "Indoor plumbing. It's gonna be big."
Calliope: "From that day forward, our boy Hercules could do no wrong. He was so hot, steam looked cool."
Charred Thebian: "All we need now is a plague of locusts."
Boy: "Nice goin', Jerk-ules."
Boy: "Someone call IX-I-I!!!" [Note: Roman numerals for "9-1-1"]


The Fates: In 18 years precisely / The planets will align ever so nicely.
Hades: Ay, verse. Oy.
The Fates: The time to act will be at hand / Unleash the Titans, your monstrous band.
Hades: Mmm-hmm. Good, good.
The Fates: Then the once-proud Zeus will finally fall / And you, Hades, will rule all!
Hades: [punches air] Yes! Hades rules!
The Fates: A word of caution to this tale...
Hades: [stops short] Excuse me?
The Fates: Should Hercules fight, you will fail.
[The Fates laugh, then disappear]
Hades: [goes fiery red with rage] WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?! [calms himself] Okay, fine, fine. I'm cool. I'm fine.

Panic: Hades is gonna kill us when he finds out what happened.
Pain: You mean, if he finds out!
Panic: Of course he's gonna f- If... if is good.

Boy: Sorry, Herc, but we've already got five, and we want to keep it an even number!
Hercules: Hey, five isn't an even-

[Hercules goes to stop Nessus the centaur from manhandling Meg]
Nessus: [looms over him] Step aside, two-legs.
Hercules: [awkwardly] Pardon me, my good, uh... sir, but I suggest you release that young...
Meg: Keep moving, junior.
Hercules: ...lady. But... aren't you... a damsel in distress?
Meg: [struggling in Nessus' grip] I'm a damsel... Ugh! I'm in distress. I can handle this. Have a nice day.

Hercules: "Um, are you all right, Miss-"(gets slapped in the face with Meg's hair)
Meg: Megara. My friends call me "Meg" - at least they would if I had any friends. So, do you have a name along with all those rippling pectorals?
Hercules: "Uh... I... uh... I..."
Meg: "Are you always this articulate?"
Hercules: "Hercules! [clears throat] My name is Hercules."
Meg: "Hercules, huh? I think I prefer "Wonder Boy"."

Meg: "Look, it wasn't my fault, it was this wonder-boy Hercules!"
[Hades freezes in shock; Pain and Panic look nervous]
Panic: "Hercules... why does that name ring a bell?"
Pain: "I don't know- maybe we owe him money?"
Hades: "What... was that name... again?"
Meg: "Hercules. (Hades turns red with fury, Meg continues without noticing) He comes on with this big "innocent farmboy" routine but I could see through that in a Peloponnesian minute!"
Pain: "Wait a minute. Wasn't Hercules the name of that kid we were supposed to-?" (they both spot Hades reaching for them)
Both: "OH, MY GODS!!!"
Pain: "Run for it!"
Hades: (grabbing them) "So you 'took care of him,' huh?! 'Dead as a doornail'. Weren't those your exact words?!"
Pain: "This might be a different Hercules!"
Panic: "Yeah, I mean Hercules is a... [Hades chokes him] very popular name nowadays!"
Pain: "Remember like a few years ago - every other boy was named Jason and the girls were all named Britney?!"
Hades: "I'm about to rearrange the cosmos... and the one schlemiel who can louse it up... is WALTZING AROUND IN THE WOODS!!!" [Hades explodes with rage]

Hercules: "It seems to me that what you folks need is - a hero!"
[None of the Thebians look impressed]
Large Thebian Man: "Yeah? And who are you?"
Hercules: "I happen to be... a hero!"

Hercules: "How am I supposed to be a hero if nobody will give me a chance?"
Phil: "You'll get your chance! You just need some kind of catastrophe or disaster!"
Meg: "Help! Help, somebody!"
Hercules: (brightening) "Meg?"
Phil: "Speaking of disasters..."

Hades: "I can't believe this guy! I've thrown everything I've got at him, and it doesn't even- [hears squeaking, and sees that Pain is wearing "Hercules" sandals] What... Are... Those?"
Pain: "Uh, I don't know. I thought they looked kinda dashing!"
Hades: "I've got 24 hours to get rid of this bozo, or the entire scheme I've been setting up for eighteen years goes up in smoke... and you... are wearing... HIS... MERCHANDISE?!?!"
[Hades is burning up with rage, but his flames turn blue again; he and Pain look left when they hear slurping - Panic is drinking "Herculade"]
Panic: [laughs nervously] "Thirsty?"
[Hades finally snaps, screaming in rage; cut to far away, as Hades blows up an entire mountain, volcano style]

Meg: "Looks like your game's over. Wonder Boy's hitting every curve you throw at him."
Hades: "Oh yeah... [he chuckles and slinks over] I wonder if I've been hitting the right curves at him. [traces the lines of her body] Meg, my sweet?"
Meg: "Don't even go there."
Hades: "See, he's gotta have a weakness, because everybody's got a weakness, I mean, for Pandora it was the box thing, and the Trojans, hey, they bet on the wrong horse! We simply need to find out Wonder Boy's!"
Meg: "I've done my part! Get your little imps to-"
Hades: [interrupting] "They couldn't handle him as a baby! I need someone who can [suggestively] handle him as a man."
Meg: "Hey, I've sworn off manhandling."
Hades: "Well, that's good! Because that's what got you into this whole gig in the first place, isn't it? You sold your soul to me to save your boyfriend's life. And how does this creep thank you? By running off with some babe. He hurt you real bad, Meg, huh?"
Meg: "Look, I learned my lesson, okay?!"
Hades: "Which is exactly why I got a feeling you're gonna leap at my new offer. You give me the key to bringing down "Wonder Breath" and I give you the thing that you crave most in the entire cosmos! [whispers in her ear] Your freedom."

Hercules: "Phil, what's THE POINT?!"
Phil: "Whaddya mean, "what the point"? You wanna go to Olympus, don'tcha?"
Hercules: "Yeah, but... this stuff doesn't seem to be getting me anywhere."
Phil: "You can't give up now, I'm counting on ya!"
Hercules: "I gave this everything I had."
Phil: "Listen, kid. I have seen 'em all, and I am telling you - and this is the honest-to-Zeus truth - [puts a hand on his shoulder] you got something I never seen before!"
Hercules: "Really?"
Phil: "I can feel it right down here in these stubby bow legs of mine! There is nothing you can't do, kid!"

Hercules: "You know, wh-when I was a kid, I-I would have given anything to be exactly like everybody else."
Meg: "Pft... You wanted to be petty and dishonest?"
Hercules: "Everybody's not like that."
Meg: [sadly, mostly to her reflection] "Yes they are."
Hercules: "You're not like that."
Meg: "How do you know what I'm like?"

Hercules: "Meg, when I'm with you, I-I don't feel so alone."
Meg: "Sometimes it's better to be alone."
Hercules: "What do you mean?"
Meg: "Nobody can hurt you."

Hades: You work for me! If I say "Sing", you say "Hey, name that tune!" If I say "I want Wonder-Boy's head on a platter", you say...
Meg: "Medium or well done?"

[Phil is trying to warn Hercules about Meg's hidden intentions.]
Phil: Kid, listen to me! She's...
Hercules: A dream come true?
Phil: Not exactly.
Hercules: More beautiful than Aphrodite?
Phil: Aside from that.
Hercules: The most wonderful...
Hercules: Stop kidding around, Phil.
Phil: I'm not kidding around!
Hercules: Look, I know you're upset about today, but that's no reason to...
Phil: Kid, you're missin' the point!
Hercules: The point is, I love her!
Phil: She don't love you!
Hercules: You're crazy.
Phil: She's nothing but a two-timin'...
Hercules: Stop it!
Phil: Low-down, lyin', schemin'...
Hercules: SHUT UP!!! [hits Phil]

Hades: [in a dramatic tone] Brothers! Titans! Look at you in your squalid prison! Who put you down there?!
Titans: Zeuuuuuuuus...
Hades: [opening the Titans' prison] And now that I set you free, what's the first thing you're going to do?!
Titans: [fists break through the earth] DESTROY HIM!!!
Hades: [smirking] Good answer.

[Phil is getting ready to leave Thebes. Meg, riding Pegasus, comes flying in.]
Meg: Phil! Phil, Hercules needs your help.
Phil: [angrily] What does he need me for when he's got friends like you?!
Meg: He won't listen to me.
Phil: Good! He's finally learned something!
[He starts to leave again but is stopped when Pegasus and Meg fly in front of him.]
Meg: Look, I know what I did was wrong, but this isn't about me, it's about him. If you don't help him now, Phil, he'll die.

[After Hercules regains his godhood]
Zeus: Fine work, my boy! You've done it! You're a true hero.
Hera: You were willing to give your life to rescue this young woman. [indicates Meg]
Zeus: For a true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.


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