Narrator - Charlton Heston
Hercules - Joshua Keaton/Roger Bart/Tate Donovan
Megara - Susan Egan
Philoctetes - Danny Devito
Hades - James Woods
Pain - Bobcat Goldthwait
Panic - Matt Frewer
Zeus - Rip Torn
Hera - Samantha Eggar
Alcmene - Barbara Barrie
Amphitryon - Hal Holbrook
Hermes - Paul Shaffer
Apollo - Keith David
Calliope - Lillias White
Clio - Vanéese Y. Thomas
Melpomene - Cheryl Freeman
Terpsichore - La Chanze
Thalia - Roz Ryan
Nessus - Jim Cummings

Demetrius - Wayne Knight
Ithicles - Aaron Michael Metchik
The Fates - Amanda Plummer, Carole Shelley, Paddi Edwards
Cyclops - Patrick Pinney
Titans - Corey Burton

Release Dates

USA - June 14, 1997 (premiere)
Canada - June 27, 1997
USA - June 27, 1997
Argentina - July 3, 1997
Mexico - July 4, 1997
South Korea - July 5, 1997
Hong Kong - July 10, 1997
Japan - July 26, 1997
Singapore - August 20, 1997
New Zealand - September 11, 1997
the Phillippines - September 12, 1997
Australia - September 18, 1997
UK - October 10, 1997
Denmark - November 14, 1997
Sweden - November 14, 1997
Spain - November 17, 1997
Germany - November 20, 1997
the Netherlands - November 20, 1997
Poland - November 21, 1997
Switzerland - November 21, 1997
Iceland - November 22, 1997
Belgium - November 26, 1997
France - November 26, 1997
Hungary - November 27, 1997
Estonia - November 28, 1997
Portugal - November 28, 1997
Finland - December 5, 1997
Italy - December 5, 1997
Norway - December 5, 1997
Slovenia - December 11, 1997
Mexico - December 12, 1997 (re-release)
Norway - May 3, 2003 (Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival)


Academy Award - Nominee (Best Music, Song) 1998
Annie Award - Best Character Animation (1998)
Annie Award - Best Directing (1998)
Annie Award - Best Effects Animation (1998)
Annie Award - Best Production (1998)
Annie Award - Nominee (Best Animated Feature) 1998
Annie Award - Nominee (Best Character Animation) 1998
Artios Award - Nominee (Best Casting) 1998
ASCAP Award - Top Box Office Films (1998)
Blockbuster Entertainment Award - Nominee (Favorite Animated Movie) 1998
Blockbuster Entertainment Award - Nominee (Favorite Song) 1998
Golden Globe - Nominee (Best Original Song) 1998
Golden Reel - Best Sound Editing (1998)
LAFCA Award - Best Animation (1997)
Saturn Award - Nominee (Best Fantasy Film) 1998

Foreign Titles

Danish - Herkules
Dutch - Hercules
French - Hercule
German - Hercules
Italian - Hercules
Spanish - Hércules
Swedish - Herkules


"The Gospel Truth I"
"The Gospel Truth II"
"The Gospel Truth III"
"Go the Distance"
"Go the Distance" (Reprise)
"Zero to Hero"
"I Won't Say (I'm In Love)"
"A Star Is Born"


"The Gospel Truth I"

Back when the world was new
The planet Earth was down on its luck
And everywhere gigantic brutes
called Titans ran amok

It was a nasty place
There was a mess
whereever you stepped
Where chaos reigned and
earthquakes and volcanoes never slept

And then along came Zeus
He hurled his thunderbolt
He zapped
Locked those suckers in a vault
They're trapped
And on his own stopped
chaos in its tracks
And that's the gospel truth
The guy was too type A to just relax

And that's the world's first dish
Zeus tamed the globe
while still in his youth
Though, honey, it may seem imposs'ble
That's the gospel truth

On Mt. Olympus life was neat and
Smooth as sweet vermough
Though, honey, it may seem imposs'ble
That's the gospel truth

"The Gospel Truth II"

If there's one God you don't want to get steamed up
It's Hades, cause he had an evil plan
He ran the Underworld
But thought the dead were dull and uncouth
He was as mean as he was ruthless
And that's the gospel truth
He had a plan to shake things up
And that's the gospel truth
(whoa whoa whoa)

"The Gospel Truth III"

Young Herc was mortal now
But since he did not drink the last drop
He still retained his godlike strength
So thank his lucky star

But Zeus and Hera wept
Because their son could never come home
They'd have to watch their precious baby
Grow up from afar

Though Hades horrid plan
Was hatched before Herc cut his first tooth
The boy grew stronger ev'ry day and
That's the gospel truth

"Go the Distance"

I have often dreamed
Of a far off place
Where a hero's welcome
Would be waiting for me
Where the crowds will cheer
When they see my face
And a voice keeps saying
This is where I'm meant to be

I'll be there someday
I can go the distance
I will find my way
If I can be strong
I know ev'ry mile
Will be worth my while
When I go the distance
I'll be right where I belong

Down an unknown road
To embrace my fate
Though the road may wander
It will lead me to you
And a thousand years
Would be worth the wait
It may take a lifetime
But somehow I'll see it through

And I won't look back
I can go the distance
And I'll stay on track
No I won't accept defeat
It's an uphill slope
But I won't lose hope
Till I go the distance
And my journey is complete

But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part
For a hero's strength is measured by his heart

Like a shooting star
I can go the distance
I will search the world
I will face its harms
I don't care how far
I can go the distance
Till I find my hero's welcome
Waiting in your arms...

I will search the world
I will face its harms
Till I find my hero's welcome
Waiting in your arms...

"Go the Distance" (Reprise)

I will beat the odds
I can go the distance
I will face the world
Fearless, proud and strong
I will please the gods
I can go the distance
Till I find my hero's welcome
Right where I belong

"Zero to Hero"

Bless my soul
Herc was on a roll
Person of the week in evry Greek opinion poll
What a pro
Herc could stop a show
Point him at a monster and you're talking SRO
He was a no one
A zero, zero
Now he's a honcho
He's a hero
Here was a kid with his act down pat
From zero to hero in no time flat
Zero to hero just like that

When he smiled
The girls went wild with
oohs and aahs
And they slapped his face
On ev'ry vase
(on ev'ry "vase")

From appearance fees and royalties
Our Herc had cash to burn
Now nouveau riche and famous
He could tell you
What's a Grecian urn?

Say amen
There he goes again
Sweet and undefeated
And an awesome 10 for 10
Folks lined up
Just to watch him flex
And this perfect package
packed a pair of pretty pecs

Hercie, he comes
He sees, he conquers
Honey, the crowds were
Going bonkers
He showed the moxie brains, and spunk
From zero to hero a major hunk
Zero to hero and who'da thunk

Who put the glad in gladiator?
Whose daring deeds are great theater?
Is he bold?
No one braver
Is he sweet
Our fav'rite flavor
Hercules, Hercules ...

Bless my soul
Herc was on a roll
Riding high
And the nicest guy
not conceited

He was a nothin'
A zero, zero
Now he's a honcho
He's a hero

He hit the heights at breackneck speed
From zero to hero
Herc is a hero
Now he's a hero
Yes indeed!

"I Won't Say (I'm In Love)"

If there's a prize for rotten judgement
I guess I've already won that
No man is worth the aggravation
That's ancient history, been there, done that!

[Muses:] Who'd'ya think you're kiddin'
He's the Earth and heaven to you
Try to keep it hidden
Honey, we can see right through you
Girl, ya can't conceal it
We know how ya feel and
Who you're thinking of

No chance, no way
I won't say it, no, no

You swoon, you sigh
why deny it, uh-oh

It's too cliche
I won't say I'm in love

I thought my heart had learned its lesson
It feels so good when you start out
My head is screaming get a grip, girl
Unless you're dying to cry your heart out

You keep on denying
Who you are and how you're feeling
Baby, we're not buying
Hon, we saw ya hit the ceiling
Face it like a grown-up
When ya gonna own up
That ya got, got, got it bad

No chance, now way
I won't say it, no, no

Give up, give in
Check the grin you're in love

This scene won't play,
I won't say I'm in love

You're doin flips read our lips
You're in love

You're way off base
I won't say it
Get off my case
I won't say it

Girl, don't be proud
It's O.K. you're in love

At least out loud,
I won't say I'm in love

"A Star Is Born"

Gonna shout it from the mountaintops
A star is born
It's a time for pulling out the stops
A star is born
Honey, hit us with a hallelu
The kid came shining through
Girl, sing the song
Come blow your horn
A star is born

He's a hero who can please the crowd
A star is born
Come on ev'rybody shout out loud
A star is born
Just remember in the darkest hour
Within your heart's the power
For making you
A hero too
So don't lose hope when you're forlorn
Just keep your eyes upon the skies
Ev'ry night a star is
Right in sight a star is
Burning bringt a star is born

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