Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, Susan Egan, James Woods
Directed by: Ron Clements and John Musker
Synopsis: Disney switches from revamping fairy tales to create this hip reworking of Greek mythology. Hercules (voiced by Tate Donovan) is the son of Zeus (voiced by Rip Torn) who is taken from the gods by minions of Hades (voiced by James Woods) and almost turned mortal. Hercules still has his god-like strength and as a youngster seeks training from Philoctetes (voiced by Danny DeVito) to become a hero so that he may win his way back to Mount Olympus.
Kitty Cameo: When Hercules and Philoctetes arrive in Thebes to find hero work, they come across a group of nervous citizens who have been the victims of countless disasters and attacks. They are talking about how they lost everything in a fire and one man adds “Everything except Snowball.” He then holds up a completely charred and smoking black cat which meows out a smoke ring. Snowball shows up throughout the following scenes with this same group of people, watching as Hercules fights to defeat the Hydra.
Final Mewsings: Cats need heroes, too.