Hercules: Zero to Hero
|Hercules: Zero to Hero|
|Directed by||Bob Kline
|Produced by||Bob Schooley
|Screenplay by||Mark McCorkle
Mirith Js Colao
Michael A. Medlock
Kathie Lee Gifford
|Music by||Adam Berry
J. Eric Schmidt
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Television Animation DisneyToon Studios
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Home Video|
Hercules: Zero to Hero is a 1999 comedy-drama adventure and fantasy animated television film produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, Walt Disney Animation Australia, Walt Disney Animation Japan and Toon City Animation, Inc., Manila, Philippines. The film is a direct-to-video followup to 1997 animated feature Hercules. It was released on August 17, 1999. The film serves as a package film combing three episodes of Hercules: The Animated Series as flashback segments.
The film casts James Woods as Hades, Corey Burton as Zeus, Tate Donovan as Hercules, Susan Egan as Megara, Robert Costanzo as Philoctetes, Frank Walker as Pegasus, Bobcat Goldthwait as Pain and Matt Frewer as Panic.
The film was animated by Walt Disney Animation Australia, Toon City Animation, Inc. in Manila, Philippines, Walt Disney Animation Japan, Studios Basara, Tama Productions, Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. and Thai Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd., Hanho Heung-Up Co., Ltd., Plus One Animation, Inc., Sunmin Image Pictures Co., Sunwoo Animation, Korea, Jade Animation International Co., Ltd. and Slightly Off Beat Productions NZ Co., Ltd. in Seoul, Korea, Xindian District, Taipei, Taiwan and Japan. The film had no broadcast on Toon Disney and internationally and there was also no broadcast on Disney XD Canada, even though the episodes aired on those channels.
The film briefly gives Hercules' history after defeating Hades for good, in which he marries Meg and revisits his teenage years. In particular, it shows an adolescent Hercules's enrollment and the beginning of his adventures at the Prometheus Academy, a school for gods and mortals, which Hercules supposedly attended during the time when he was training to be a hero with his mentor, the satyr Philoctetes.
- James Woods as Hades
- Corey Burton as Zeus
- Tate Donovan as Hercules
- Susan Egan as Megara
- Robert Costanzo as Philoctetes
- Frank Welker as Pegasus
- Bobcat Goldthwait as Pain
- Matt Frewer as Panic
- Paul Shaffer as Hermes
- Eric Stoltz as Theseus
- Richard Simmons as Physedipus
- Eric Idle as Parenthesis
- Sandra Bernhard as Cassandra
- French Stewart as Icarus
- Diedrich Bader as Adonis
- Barbara Barrie as Alcmene
- Jodi Benson as Helen of Troy
- Michael Dorn as Minotaur
- Paddi Edwards as Atropos
- Bill Fagerbakke as Cyclops Head#1
- Wayne Knight as Cyclops Head#2
- Cheryl Freeman as Melpomene
- Brad Garrett as Orthus
Hercules: Zero to Hero was first released on home video on August 31, 1998.
Michelle Erica Green of LittleReview gave the film a rating of B+, writing that while the film "lacks the dazzling visuals of the feature film upon which it is based...it's hard not to be charmed", adding "the characters are all clever and original despite their mythic origins". Conversely, Antagony & Ecstasy gave a scathing review, writing that as the film "was assembled of four episodes of the Hercules cartoon that had already aired in 1998 and 1999", it was "perhaps the single grubbiest cash-in of [all the direct-to-video released]", adding "Zero to Hero was already going to be at such a low level of accomplishment even relative to other DTV projects".
In a review, Vern Perry of Gainesville Sun described the Disney formula as "Just give 'em what they like. And keep it up.", noting that's what the company has done with these two 1998/1999 releases. He added that this film benefited greatly from the return of some of the original voice cast including Tate Donovan and James Woods.
- "Hercules: Zero To Hero". Littlereview.com. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
- "Antagony & Ecstasy: DISNEY SEQUELS: NO CHANCE, NO WAY". Antagonie.blogspot.com.au. 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2014-05-07.