(September 1997) "The Quick Draw Artists". The animators spent 6 to 14 hours to render a frame of the Hydra depending on how many heads it had. She was killed by Strife,though history was later rewritten and she lived but never had a relationship with Hercules. He wanted a son who would defend gods and men against destruction, and he chose "neat-ankled" Alcmene as the mother of his son. Hercules' second marriage was to Serena. Hercules is so far one of two movies from the Disney Renaissance that doesn't have a chronological sequel that takes place after the events of the first movie. Luthor is obsessed with destroying Superman out of pure spite and jealousy; Zod and Brainiac are also from or related to Krypton; and Darkseid is the ruler of Apokolips. While Amphitryon was away, Zeus disguised himself as Amphitryon and seduced Alcmene, in a night that was three nights long, conceiving Heracles. And Heracles' mortal step-cousin was the one to whom he brought the fruits of his Twelve Labors. Like Superman, Hercules is separated from his parents as a baby and grows up on Earth as an outcast because of his super strength. The story of how this came about is known as "The Amphitryon," a tale told … Strangest Births in Ancient Myths and Legends, What You Need to Know About the Greek God Zeus, Different Versions of the Birth of Dionysus, Medusa: The Ancient Greek Myth of the Snake-Haired Gorgon, The 10 Greatest Heroes of Greek Mythology, Hera - Queen of the Gods in Greek Mythology, The Amphitryon Legend' in Plautus, Molière, Dryden, Kleist, Giraudoux, M.A., Linguistics, University of Minnesota. Hercules' battle-weary appearance also resembles that of Superman after his death at Doomsday's hands. However, Disney. Hera suckled him but found him too powerful, and sent him back to his mother, who gave the child the name of Heracles, the "Glory of Hera.". Alcmene and her husband, Amphitryon, appear in the Disney's Hercules version, as Hercules' \"foster parents\".Hades, voiced by James Woods, is cast as the villain. Giraudoux's "38" is itself a joke, referencing how many times the play had been adapted. The story of how this came about is known as "The Amphitryon," a tale told many times over the centuries. Phil tells him to be careful. In. After Hercules defeats Nessus and saves Meg, Phil tells him "Next time, don't let your guard down because of a pair of big goo-goo eyes." Disney Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. Encanto (2021). Zeus seduced Alcmene by taking the form of her absent husband. It seems to be a joyous occasion, althou… Hercules' first marriage was to Deianeira. Classic Disney: 60 Years of Musical Magic, Some thoughts on that whole Avengers: EMH dubbing thing, https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Hercules_(film)?oldid=4269409. Megara often refers to Hercules as "Wonderboy", which itself sounds similar to "Superboy", an identity adopted by a young Superman, or by other superheroes in the DC Universe, such as Superman's clone, Kon-El, or Superman's son with Lois Lane, Jonathan Kent. German playwright Heinrich von Kleist's version was first staged in 1899; Frenchman Jean Giraudoux's "Amphitryon 38" was staged in 1929, and another German version, Georg Kaiser's "Zwiemal Amphitryon" ("Double Amphitryon") in 1945. Megara calls Pain and Panic (in disguise) "a couple of rodents looking for a theme park," which alludes, Hades says, "It's a small Underworld after all," parodying both the, The tornado titan destroying a temple and a sheep flying through him is a reference to the 1996 disaster film. On the celebration of his birth, during which the Olympian Gods present the infant god with a multitude of gifts, Zeus himself creates the winged-horse Pegasus as a gift. Unlike the original myths, in which Hera was the main antagonist, Hera is actually allied to Zeus and Hercules. Hercules' mother was Alcmene (or Alcmena), the daughter of Electryon, the king of Tiryns and Mycenae. ), Hercules briefly gives up his powers to save Megara from Hades, an action which leads Hades to unleash the Titans to take Olympus while sending the Cyclops to wreak havoc on Thebes and lure out Hercules to kill him, similar to, The Titans also play a similar role to Zod, Ursa and Non; in the opening of the film, Zeus imprisons the Titans, but they are later freed by Hades to take their revenge on him, while one, the Cyclops, goes after Hercules, Zeus's son. In the Greek myth, Heracles (or Herakles) is the son of Zeus and a mortal, earth-born woman, Alcmene. Amphitryon accidentally killed Electryon and was sent into exile with Alcmene to Thebes, where King Creon cleansed him of his guilt. Phil's original line was "Next time, don't let your guard down because of a pair of big blue eyes," which was heard in the teaser trailer on the 1996 VHS of, The movie is featured in a world, Olympus Coliseum, in the, Hercules, Megara, Philoctetes, Pegasus, Zeus, Hera, Hermes, and the Fates were featured as guests on, Susan Egan would later go on to do the singing voice for Angel in, Even though Susan Egan and Roger Bart both worked on Hercules, they did not meet each other until working together in. The earliest version of this tale has been attributed to Hesiod (ca. It was also the basis for a tragedy by Sophocles (5th century BCE), but nothing of that has survived. As a result, Sthenelus' cowardly son, Eurystheus, wound up ruling Mycenae, rather than mighty Heracles. Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Common / CC BY 2.5. The roles are perfect on matters of representation, story significance, higher-level meaning, and continuity. Electryon was one of the sons of Perseus, who in turn was the son of Zeus and the human Danae, making Zeus, in this case, his own great-great-grandfather-in-law. Zeus had other plans. In the comics, Superman's powers manifest during his youth, but he does not discover his ability to fly until much later. Alcmene had twin sons, one credited to Amphitryon (Iphicles) and one credited to Zeus (Hercules). He had three children with her: Aeson, Klonus, and Ilea.However, Hera killed Deianeira and all three children with a fireball. the joke would have been practically incomprehensible. Hades appears to be an amalgamation of four of Superman's enemies in his rogues gallery: Lex Luthor, General Zod, Brainiac, and Darkseid. Hercules, better known to classicists as Heracles, technically had three parents, two mortal and one divine.He was raised by Amphitryon and Alcmene, a human king and queen who were cousins and grandchildren of Zeus' son Perseus.But, according to the legends, Heracles' biological father was actually Zeus himself. The name also mirrors Lois' nickname for Clark Kent, "Smallville". Electryon had a nephew, Amphitryon, who was a Theban general betrothed to his cousin Alcmene. The Cyclops appears to be a goofy parody of Doomsday, one of Superman's more dangerous enemies: due to Hercules losing his powers, he is very nearly killed by the Cyclops, while Doomsday is the only villain in the comics to have successfully (though temporarily) killed Superman in battle. The Temple of Zeus has a similar purpose to the Fortress of Solitude, where Superman "communicates" with his father, who offers him advice and wisdom. Hades shares traits with all four characters, and the Underworld greatly resembles Apokolips. Zeus speaks with an American accent while Hera speaks with a British one, similar to Jor-El and Lara's accents in "The Last Son of Krypton". The same applies with Hercules: though he cannot physically fly, he is reunited with Pegasus during his youth, who he uses for flight. Amphytrion and Alcmene are depicted as a farmer couple who stumble across a baby Hercules, decide to adopt him, and wait until his adolescence to tell him of his true origins with physical evidence to prove it, like Jonathan and Martha Kent did with Superman; in the myth, Amphytrion was a Theban general, and Alcmene was the. She has been featured by NPR and National Geographic for her ancient history expertise. Pain and Panic, Hades' clumsy minions, are characterized in a very similar way to Otis, Lex Luthor's bumbling henchman in. English poet John Dryden's 1690 version focused on morality and the misuse of power. Hercules, better known to classicists as Heracles, technically had three parents, two mortal and one divine. Philoctetes, as Hercules' mentor, has a very similar demeanor to Perry White, the employer of Clark Kent (Superman's civilian disguise): strict on the outside but who cares deeply for his friends. Hercules was born on Mount Olympus with all the powers of a god to his loving parents, Zeus and Hera. Pegasus himself also shares traits with Krypto the Superdog. Credit: Disney. Amphitryon returned on the third night, and made love to his lady, conceiving a fully human child, Iphicles. In the film, Hercules is the son of Zeus and Hera. Disney can and should make Hercules’s adoptive parents a gay couple. 750–650 BCE), as part of the "Shield of Heracles." Alcmene fled to an altar around which Amphitryon placed fire logs, which he proceeded to light. This is a reference to Jason of the legends of Jason and the Argonauts, who died when the mast of the Argo fell on him.