The Amazing Feats of Young Hercules
The Amazing Feats of Young Hercules is a 1997 animated short film distributed by UAV Entertainment. The Greek mythological hero Hercules, as a teenager, longs to be free and be just like Zeus, the supreme Greek god. Zeus gives him the chance to by giving him four challenges (though his wife Hera claims she can think of twelve), involving encounters with such monsters as the Stymphalian Birds, the Hydra and a Gorgon. Along the way, Hercules is accompanied by Pegasus and also meets a talking loudmouth female sable named Falina who tells Hercules that she used to be a princess until the day Hera turned her into a sable when she mentioned that Aphrodite was prettier than Hera. She tags along with Hercules and helps him in the challenges, and in the end is returned to her human form.
- Alice Playten - The Gorgon
- Jack Grimes - Zeus
- Kathleen Doyle
- Alison Fraser
- Paul Hecht
- Barbara Jean Kearney
- Marcus Lovett
- Richard Naran - additional voices
The film received unanimous critical acclaim. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times stated, "Never before has animation grabbed me as 'Young Hercules'. Disney may have a run for their money." Rotten Tomatoes currently has a 100% certified fresh approval rating.
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