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Kristin Lai

Today marks 19 years since the release of Disney's Hercules. And if that doesn't make you feel old, I'm not sure what will.

Although Hercules famously under-performed in theaters, its low box-office earnings haven't stopped it from becoming a fan-favorite in the Disney animated classics family.

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, Hercules also brought on famed composer and lyricist Alan Menken and David Zippel to score the film. With songs like "I Can Go the Distance" and "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)," the Hercules soundtrack is ripe with ear worms that burrow their way deep into your brain and onto your Disney sing-along playlists.

To celebrate nearly 20 years of the animated classic, Disney released an awesome video showing the making of the catchy Greek-gospel number "Zero to Hero."

From storyboards to the animated finished product, the side-by-side video goes to show how much thought and planning went into the development stages of the film. Check out the awesome video below to see the song come to life before your very eyes:

Spot-On Costume Design

Hercules Trivia: There are traditionally nine muses in Greek mythology, but Hercules only included five: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Melpomene (tragedy), Terpsichore (dance), and Thalia (comedy).

Faithful Storyboarding

Hercules Trivia: Production designer Gerald Scarfe had a team of around "700 artists, animators, and technicians" in Walt Disney Animation's Burbank, California studio — and some in France — to finish the animation.

Intricate Choreography

Hercules Trivia: Apparently, The Spice Girls were initially considered for the roles of The Muses. They had to decline due to their busy schedules, which was probably ultimately a good thing.

This video only solidifies why Disney is the animation powerhouse we know and love today. Happy anniversary, Hercules! Like a fine wine, you only get better with age. Test your knowledge with some other fun trivia about Disney's animation renaissance in the 1990s.


What's your favorite musical number in Hercules?

(Source: Oh My Disney, IMDb, Wikipedia)


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