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Hercules
(1997)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Danny Troob

Conducted by:
Michael Kosarin

Lyrics by:
David Zippel
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(May, 1997)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release in 1997, but the album fell out of print between 1998 and 1999 before the usual Disney re-pressings returned to the stores once again.
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AWARDS
The song "Go the Distance" was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... only if you are a absolute, die-hard collector of the Disney musicals and were a young, appreciative teen at the time you first saw the film.

Avoid it... if you grew accustomed to the quality of the serious, magical, and dramatic musicals that Alan Menken produced for Disney in the early 1990's.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #105
WRITTEN 5/26/97, REVISED 12/17/06
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Hercules: (Alan Menken) By the mid-1990's, skeptics were wondering when the powerful bubble of Disney's succession of musical hits was finally going to burst. In 1996, a powerful and serious rendition of The Hunchback of Notre Dame literally frightened some viewers, but nevertheless impressed nearly every listener with its music. The film had followed a series of musicals so influential that AMPAS had created a separate Oscar category simply to accommodate the fact that these animations kept winning all the music-related awards each year (over their equally or more worthy dramatic counterparts). Composer Alan Menken was at the helm for most of this success (except for The Lion King), and the level of respect he received in the industry was unparalleled, not to mention that these films made him a rich man. The bubble burst with one giant pop in 1997, however, with Hercules. So hard the mighty fell with this project that Menken's term with Disney would largely be ended until his luke warm resurrection half a dozen years later with a few more Disney duds. While commercially Hercules fared well enough --any Disney film along these lines was a fiscal success-- the film was appropriately slammed by both critics and Disney purists. The reason for this whoppingly poor response was one of logic; the Disney musicals had always used the same formula going back to The Little Mermaid, and Hercules flipped that formula backwards. The Disney musicals were popular because they were serious enough to keep adults interested while also containing one or two silly comedy songs to entertain the kids. For Hercules, Disney and Menken flipped it around so that the entire film was a comedy routine and one token serious ballad was included to tie the film in with the basic identity of its franchise. The other problem with the film was the obviously misplaced style of vocals for the story. Hercules is essentially a feel-good esteem-building comedy set in mythic times. Menken tackles the film by infusing it with a dominant gospel voice, however, and while the overarching comedy elements were meant to bridge the huge logic gap that exists between location and music style, he still failed.



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VIEWER RATINGS
6,250 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.32 Stars
***** 628 5 Stars
**** 488 4 Stars
*** 1,115 3 Stars
** 2,090 2 Stars
* 1,929 1 Stars
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Not exactly as strong as the other Disney scores, but still tolerable enough
Gavin - November 28, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.
1 comment  (615 views)
Hercules Formula
Bruno Costa - December 22, 2010, at 11:47 a.m.
1 comment  (1287 views)
The Hydra Battle cue is truly Menken's worst
Richard Kleiner - September 29, 2009, at 5:39 p.m.
1 comment  (1690 views)
A Polite Disagreement
Paul Henry S. - August 7, 2008, at 9:45 p.m.
1 comment  (1864 views)
The lion king
laurie - September 27, 2007, at 11:01 a.m.
1 comment  (2011 views)
An opinion about the movie and the score
Jon Turner - July 1, 2007, at 10:20 p.m.
1 comment  (2098 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 48:06
• 1. Long Ago... - performed by Charlton Heston (0:31)
• 2. The Gospel Truth I/Main Titles (2:24)
• 3. The Gospel Truth II (0:59)
• 4. The Gospel Truth III (1:04)
• 5. Go the Distance (3:13)
• 6. Oh Mighty Zeus (0:46)
• 7. Go the Distance (Reprise) (0:57)
• 8. One Last Hope (3:00)
• 9. Zero to Hero (2:20)
• 10. I Won't Say (I'm in Love) (2:20)
• 11. A Star is Born (2:03)
• 12. Go the Distance (Single) - performed by Michael Bolton (4:41)
• 13. The Big Olive (1:05)
• 14. The Prophecy (0:54)
• 15. Destruction of the Agora (2:06)
• 16. Phil's Island (2:26)
• 17. Rodeo (0:40)
• 18. Speak of the Devil (1:29)
• 19. The Hydra Battle (3:28)
• 20. Meg's Garden (1:14)
• 21. Hercules' Villa (0:37)
• 22. All Time Chump (0:38)
• 23. Cutting the Thread (3:23)
• 24. A True Hero/A Star is Born (Reprise) (5:34)
(track lengths listed only on the CD itself)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes full lyrics, but no extra information about the film or score.
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