Today In Disney History ~ June 27th
Hercules is the 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The film is loosely based on the legendary Greek mythology hero Heracles (known in the film by his Roman name, Hercules), the son of Zeus, in Greek mythology.
Produced during a period known as the Disney Renaissance, Hercules received positive reviews, and earned $252.7 million in box office revenue worldwide.
Hercules was later followed by the direct-to-video prequel Hercules: Zero to Hero, which served as the pilot to Hercules: The Animated Series, a syndicated Disney TV series focusing on Hercules during his time at the Prometheus academy.
Hercules: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack is the soundtrack for Hercules. It consists of music written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel, orchestrated by Daniel Troob and Michael Starobin, with vocals performed by Lillias White, LaChanze, Roz Ryan, Roger Bart, Danny DeVito, and Susan Egan among others. The album also includes the successful single version of “Go the Distance” by Michael Bolton. For the Spanish version of the film, “Go the Distance” was redone by Ricky Martin and released as a single under the title “No Importa La Distancia” and was also very successful, both inside and outside the United States. In the Turkish version of the film, “Go the Distance” was sung by Tarkan, who also performed the vocals for the adult Hercules.
“Go the Distance” was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but ultimately lost both to Celine Dion’s hit “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic.
Belinda Carlisle recorded two versions of “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” as well as a music video for promotional purposes. Though the English dub eventually opted not to use it, several foreign dubs have it in place of the reprise of “A Star Is Born” in the ending credits. These dubs include, but are not limited to, the Swedish one, the Finnish one, the Icelandic one and the Russian one. Curiously enough, the DVD release of the Swedish dub has replaced it with the reprise of “A Star Is Born”.
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