Fun for the kids, but no BEAUTY AND THE BEAST or LION KING. This child-friendly retelling of Hercules' story takes the predictable liberties with a story originally chockablock with sex, violence and generally sordid behavior. After several passes through
the Disney wringer, a sanitized, blandly blond Hercules (voice of Tate Donovan) emerges, ready to enter no pantheon other than that of muscle-beach pinup boys. Both the "Greek" and the "mythology" are pretty much tossed away with the washing-up water, making way for rousing up-tempo songs (what
the "Gospel Truth" has to do with matters mythical we can't quite figure out) and a high-profile voice cast that includes...