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Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus is a 1998 Direct to Video animated film spun off from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. With Kevin Sorbo, Lucy Lawless, Michael Hurst, Renee O'Connor, Kevin Smith (not that one), and Alexandra Tydings all returning to reprise their roles. It was directed by Lynne Naylor and written by John Loy and was Universal's first (and only direct-to-video) animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA.

When Zeus takes Alcmene (Hercules' mother) to Mount Olympus, Hera, tired of his constant infidelity, vows revenge on him and the other gods. She steals the Cronus Stone, the stone that keeps the Titans in the Underworld lava pits, and leads the gods' old enemies in a take over of Olympus. With the gods transformed into animals and Olympus under the control of Hera and the Titans, it's up to Hercules and Xena to defeat Hera and her monsters and save the world in the process.


This film provides examples of:

  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • Gabrielle is transformed into a roc by Artemis.
    • Hera transforms Ares, Aphrodite, Artemis and Zeus into a goat, a cow, a rabbit and a mouse, respectively.
  • Big Damn Movie: Thanks to being animated rather than live action, the creators could do a lot more by way of special effects since they weren't bound by a TV budget.
  • Blow You Away: Crius, the wind Titan, does this.
  • Brought Down to Normal: The gods once they're transformed into animals.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Once Hera uses the Cronus Stone to give the Titans more powerful forms, they become capable of stealing the stone and overthrowing her.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Hera to Zeus, as usual. Not that she doesn't have reason to be.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Zeus cheats on Hera so Hera...unleashes a band of monsters that almost bring about armageddon.
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  • Dishing Out Dirt: Porphyrion, the earth Titan, does this.
  • Disney Villain Death: A non-fatal version. Hercules, Xena, Iolaus and Gabriel send the Titans falling into Tartarus.
  • Elemental Powers: Each Titan controls one of the classic elements.
  • Evil Is Petty: Hera and the Titans wanting revenge on Zeus is understandable. But making "those little humans pay"? Why? What did they ever do?
  • For the Evulz: The Titans want to destroy stuff...just because.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Non-romantic version: Hercules comes to accept his mother living with Zeus if it makes her happy.
  • Karmic Transformation: Artemis traps Gabrielle in the form of a roc to force Xena to help the gods. Later on Hera transforms her into a rabbit.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Hercules has one and even Xena has a larger jaw than you'd typically see on your average animated woman.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: At the end of the movie, Hera is trapped in the same dollhouse Zeus used to hide Alcmene.
  • MacGuffin: The Cronus Stone, which keeps the Titans imprisoned beneath the earth.
  • Making a Splash: Tethys, the water Titan, does this.
  • Non-Serial Movie:For a number of reasons.
    • Alcmene married Jason of the Argonauts at the end of Hercules season 2. He is not seen or referenced here
    • The Titans are depicted as elemental monsters ala a certain other Hercules animated film as opposed to the giant humans we’ve seen previously
    • The Cronus stone is used to keep the Titans imprisoned and is held on Mount Olympus, in the tv series it’s on earth and used to travel back in time
    • Lastly, Alcmene goes to live on Mount Olympus with Zeus to become an immortal. She dies at the end of Hercules season 4 in the tv series.
  • One-Winged Angel: The Titans transform into even more powerful versions of themselves thanks to the Cronus Stone.
  • Playing with Fire: Mnemosyne, the fire Titan, does this.
  • Take That!: The tagline brags that it includes "the REAL Hercules", a likely dig at Disney's own cartoon version that was released less than a year prior.
  • Timm Style: This Movie was an early adapter of the DCAU style of Bruce Timm with brick shaped chins, rounded shoulders and basic block shapes
  • Villain Song: The Titans get one: the appropriately named "We're the Titans".