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The Amazing Feats of Young Hercules is a 1997 Direct-to-Video Animated Musical by UAV Entertainment. It tells the story of Hercules, a demi-god teenager, who longs to be free and be just like his father Zeus. Zeus gives him the chance to by giving him four challenges, which he accepts. Along the way, Hercules meets Falina, a talking sable, who becomes his sidekick. She was once a gorgeous human princess, but was transformed by the vindictive Hera.

As par the course for UAV, the film is a mockbuster of the Disney film Hercules.


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  • Anachronism Stew: We first meet Falina when she's selling umbrellas...which didn't exist in Ancient Greece.
  • An Aesop: True strength lies not only in your muscles, but in your mind and your heart.
  • Animated Musical: Like all UAV films.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Falina used to be a human princess, but Hera turned her into a sable when she mentioned that Aphrodite was prettier than Hera.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Falina
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: According to Falina, she is a princess, although her status as royalty is entirely inconsequential to the plot. She could have been just any mortal woman and the story would still have been the same.
  • Expy: Falina is this film's equivalent of Megara from the Disney version. Both are sassy female characters who end up as the love interest of Hercules.
  • Greed: Falina only tags along with Hercules because he tells her he might find treasure on his travels. This gets her in trouble when she tries to take the golden apples.
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  • Humanity Ensues: Falina is turned back into a human girl by Zeus, and it's implied that she and Hercules fall in love with each other when that happens.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Hercules mistakes Falina for a weasel when he meets her.
    Falina: That's sable, muscle boy! I'm a sable, not a weasel! Got it?
  • "I Am" Song: Hercules has a particularly boastful one.
  • Princess in Rags: It can be assumed that the princess Falina's transformation into a sable resulted in a sort of fall from grace as she has been reduced to peddling umbrellas. Her money-grubbing ways would also indicate that she lost the fortune she would have had as a royal.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Hercules never rode Pegasus in the actual myths (granted, that's not the first time this has happened in an adaptation of Hercules), or fought Medusa.
  • Secret Test of Character: Zeus gives Hercules one during his final task, to see if he would sacrifice his life for Falina's.
  • Shock and Awe: Hercules has the power to throw lightning from his fingertips.
  • Shout-Out: During the attack of the metal-feathered buzzards, there is a brief cameo of Alfred Hitchcock saying "The Birds".
  • Snarky Non Human Side Kick: Falina, although she wasn't always a sable, and is returned to her human form at the end of the movie.
  • Take Me Instead: Hercules when Falina is attacked by the snake.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Though she is a sable for the vast majority of the film, at the end we see Falina is a princess who is likely in her late teens or twenties... but her voice is very scratchy and sounds more like that of a middle-aged woman who smokes heavily.
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