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...
  • 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.
  • Casting Gag: In the animated series episode "Hercules and the Dream Date", Aphrodite who is voiced by Lisa Kudrow, brings to life a statue named Galatea, voiced by fellow Friends star, Jennifer Aniston, who also once dated Tate Donovan.
  • 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.
  • The Other Darrin/Poor Man's Substitute: 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.
      • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 with 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.

  • This is the last Disney Animated Classic to have some sort of input from Walt Disney Studios chief Jeffrey Katzenberg. He supervised a few early meetings, but was canned after The Lion King, three years before Hercules made it to theaters.
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