Trivia / Hercules

  • Actor Allusion: Who knows if this was on purpose, but as Phil is an Expy (or at the very least an Affectionate Parody) of Mickey from the Rocky films, this isn't the first time Danny DeVito has played a character made popular by Burgess Meredith...
    • In the victory party scene, Hermes plays keyboards, just like his voice actor, musician Paul Shaffer.
    • In one episode of the TV series, Dan Castellaneta voices a certain reporter named Homer.
  • All-Star Cast: The TV series. The question isn't finding characters voiced by known/famous actors, but finding characters who aren't. Look up a voice actor's list. It's just oozing with famous titles. It all came up to be because James Woods wanted to return and thus most of the original cast jumped along, and others got interested.
  • Auteur License: John Musker and Ron Clements admitted to only making this movie because Disney agreed to green-light their dream project, Treasure Planet, if this one was successful.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: James Woods has cited Hades as his absolute favorite role ever, so much so that he leaps at the opportunity to reprise the role in any future Disney projects, such as the animated series, House of Mouse, Kingdom Hearts and even some theme park bumpers!
  • Banned in China: Greece so vehemently despised the film for playing fast and loose with Greek Mythology, that they went as far as denying the film a premiere in their country.
  • Casting Gag: In the animated series.
    • A recurring villain on the show was Echidna "the mother of all monsters" voice by Kathy Lee Gifford. In one episode, Hercules accidentally used one of Zeus's thunderbolts to destroy the mountain imprisoning her husband Typhoeus, voiced by her old talk show partner, Regis Philbin.
    • Merv Griffin appears as a gryphon with a talk show.
    • "Hercules and the Dream Date" has a guest character in Galatea, Hercules' date for the Aphrodesia Dance, who's completely obsessed with him. Galatea was voiced by Jennifer Aniston, who was dating Tate Donovan at the time.
    • William Shatner as Jason in "Hercules and the Argonauts", because who better to play the captain of the Argos than the captain of the Enterprise.
    • Linda Hamilton as Nemesis the Demigoddess of Vengeance in Hercules and the Romans. Who better to play a sociopathic Terminator-like goddess than Sarah Connor, the female star of the Terminator franchise?
  • The Cast Show Off: In the Latin-American dub, adult!Hercules and Megara were voiced by the very popular singers Ricky Martin and Tatiana Chapas. Both of them dubbed their characters' singing and speaking parts.
  • Cut Song: Hercules had a ballad called "Shooting Star", and there was an alternate, slower song for Meg called "I Can't Believe My Heart".
  • Genius Bonus: Pain is right, rabbits aren't rodents; they're lagomorphs.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: One VHS tape, "Zero to Hero", was released. It is basically an expanded version of the episode "Hercules and the Yearbook", with roughly three full episodes to fill out the time. It served as a pilot for the series. The rest of the series has not been released on any home video format.
  • Missing Episode: At least four episodes were removed from rotation following 9/11, most notably Hercules and the Hostage Crisis which involved terrorists taking over Prometheus Academy, which was almost identical to the Columbine High School massacre.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Roger Bart sings for Young Hercules. Josh Keaton explained that due to his voice changing, and the fact that he has more experience singing pop than Broadway, he couldn't hold the last note of "Go the Distance (reprise)" for as long as the writers hoped.
  • The Other Darrin: Most of the movie's cast did return for the series, except for Charlton Heston, Rip Torn, and Danny DeVito.
    • An unusual, marginal example: Tate Donovan returns as Hercules, but he portrays the younger version of the character, who was voiced by Josh Keaton in the movie.
    • Amanda Plummer (the voice of Clotho, one of the Fates) was replaced by Tress MacNeille.
  • Playing Against Type: Non-acting example: The art director was Gerald Scarfe, the same person behind the nightmarish animation of The Wall.
    • And another one: Disney veteran Andreas Deja was asked to animate Hades, but he feared that animating another villain (he'd already done a considerable streak of famed villains, animating Gaston, Jafar and Scar one after the other) would be too easy and obvious. So, to challenge himself, he asked to animate a hero instead and was given the job of animating Hercules himself.
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation: Hercules is considered a lower point in this era.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Idina Menzel was already pretty well-known in the late 90s thanks to RENT, but her guest spot as Circe in the show is even funnier now, since she went on to appear in two later Disney movies.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: The reason both Danny DeVito and James Woods joined the cast. Woods enjoyed playing Hades so much he agreed to play the voice for any future Disney animation or video game projects.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jack Nicholson was offered the role of Hades, but he turned it down. David Bowie and Willem Dafoe were also considered. John Lithgow meanwhile, accepted the role and recorded lines, but Disney found he didn't have the right balance of menace and comedic timing they were looking for. James Coburn, Phil Hartman, Michael Ironside, Martin Landau, Terrence Mann, Ron Silver, Kevin Spacey and Rod Steiger also auditioned.
    • A bit of a Hilarious in Hindsight once you know that James Woods was offered the role of The Joker, the role that Nicholson played, in the 1989 Batman film.
    • Hades was originally written to speak more slowly and menacingly, but Disney liked Woods' take on him so much that they changed the character and as a result almost every scene he was in.
    • Donny Osmond auditioned for the role of Hercules but Disney thought his voice was too deep for Herc.
    • James Belushi, John Goodman, Gregory Peck and Patrick Stewart were considered for Zeus.
    • In the Animated Series spin-off, Persephone, who only appeared in background cameos, originally was conceived to be the daughter of Demeter and Hades and they were in a bitter custody dispute. The idea got scrapped.
    • Ed Asner, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons and Dick Latessa read for Phil.
    • The original pitch for the movie was going to be more mythologicaly accurate with Hera as the Big Bad, the Titans as both the collective Bigger Bad and The Starscream, and Hades as something of a sidekick to Hercules.
    • Meg was initially going to be a bit more of a Damsel in Distress, but since she spent so much time with Hades, when he became a car dealer Susan Egan made her a much stronger woman just from the amount of improv she had to deal with.
    • The Spice Girls were originally approached to portray the Muses following an invitation to sing one of the songs, but declined the offer due to scheduling conflicts.

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