Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998)

80 min. Produced by Renaissance Pictures/Universal Cartoon Studios, directed by Lynne Naylor

A feature-length action adventure direct-to-video film based on the hit TV shows,  Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior PrincessThe main actors from the shows, including Kevin Sorbo and Lucy Lawless, did the voice work for the characters.

A brief plot summary: “Mighty Zeus brings Hercules’ mother, Alcmene, to Mount Olympus, and Hercules, believing she has been kidnapped, leads a rescue mission to save her. Zeus’ jealous wife, Hera, decides that it should now be her time to rule the universe. Hera steals the Chronos Stone, source of the God’s power, and unleashes the four Titans from their eons of imprisonment. With these angry behemoths on the loose, only the combined forces of Hercules and Xena, together with their trusty sidekicks Iolaus and Gabrielle, can save Mount Olympus.” Written by David Mullich <dmullich@aol.com>

More:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules_and_Xena_%E2%80%93_The_Animated_Movie:_The_Battle_for_Mount_Olympus

 

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Pygmalio (1990-91)

 

Pygmalio consists of 39 episodes (25 min. in length) produced by TV Tokyo and is based on the manga of the same name by Shinji Wada, which was published between 1978 and 1990. It tells the story of Kurt/Coult, the prince of the kingdom of Loon, son of King Stephan and Galatea, whose mother is the goddess Aganade. She has blessed Kurt with a cheerful spirit and special talents which he has to use to defeat Medusa. When Kurt was a baby, Medusa transformed Galatea and others into statues out of envy at her happy marriage to the king. Medusa also forced King Stephan to swear allegiance to her and to promise to make Kurt do so on his eighth birthday in order to save his kingdom. When the day comes Kurt declares he will defeat Medusa and restore those transformed back into humans. He sets out on a long journey to the Land of the Dead in order to complete his quest.

More:

https://myanimelist.net/anime/3765/Pygmalio

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=1817

 

Run, Melos! [走れメロス!] (1992, 2nd version)

Released in Japan in 1992 by Bandai, Run, Melos! (Hashire Melos! in Japan) is a 107- minute animated adaptation of the famous 1940 short story by Osamu Dazai and a remake of the 1981 animated film. It featured direction and screenplay by Masaaki Osumi and was produced by Visual 80. This was the second of three versions of “Run, Melos!” — click here to learn more about the 1981 film and here to learn about the 2009 version.

Note: The story was also animated as a 30-minute stop-motion short for the Classic Children’s Tales series (1992), and again, as a 10-minute short directed by Keisuke Morishita, for the Famous Japanese Fables series (1997).

 

Alexander Senki or Alexander: War Chronicles [アレクサンダー戦記] (1999)

Released in North America as Reign: The Conqueror and in Europe as Alexander the Great, this series of thirteen 30-minute episodes is a super stylized sci-fi retelling of the life of the Macedonian ruler. It is based on a light novel written in the 1990s by Hiroshi Aramata. Famed animator Peter Chung (who created MTV animated series Aeon Flux) developed the character and set design. The first ten episodes were also recut into a film in 2000.

More:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reign:_The_Conqueror

 

Polyphemus, Acis and Galatea [Полифем, Акид и Галатея] (1996, NSFW)

This is the last of four shorts by Anatoly Petrov for Soyuzmultfilm in the 1990s that depict mythological stories with overtly erotic content, which is unusual in Russian animation. These also include “The Birth of Eros,” “Daphne” and “The Nymph Salmacis.” These films are also unique due to their experimental use of two-dimensional handcrafted cell animation as a means of creating three-dimensional effects.

The Nymph Salmacis [Нимфа Салмака] (1992, NSFW)

This is the third of four shorts by Anatoly Petrov for Soyuzmultfilm in the 1990s that depict mythological stories with overtly erotic content, which is unusual in Russian animation. These also include  “The Birth of Eros,” “Daphne” and “Polyphemus, Acis and Galatea.” These films are also unique due to their experimental use of two-dimensional handcrafted cell animation as a means of creating three-dimensional effects.

Daphne [Дафна] (1990, NSFW)

 

This is the second of four shorts produced by Anatoly Petrov for Soyuzmultfilm in the 1990s that depict mythological stories with overtly erotic content, which is unusual in Russian animation. These also include “The Birth of Eros”, “The Nymph Salmacis” and “Polyphemus, Acis and Galatea.” These films are also unique due to their experimental use of two-dimensional handcrafted cell animation as a means of creating three-dimensional effects.

Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend (1998-2000)

Two seasons of twenty-six episodes were produced for CBS’ Saturday morning children’s programming by Canadian animation studio, Nelvana. Each episode recounts a famous myth, including those of Hercules, Ulysses, Theseus, Bellerophon and the Olympian gods, in a kid-friendly manner. The action/adventure series is based on the award-winning book series Myth Men: Guardians of the Legend, written by Laura Geringer and illustrated by Peter Bollinger.

More: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mythic_Warriors

 

Achilles (1995, NSFW)

Achilles is an 11-minute “very adult retelling of the Iliad” in stop-motion animation by celebrated British puppet animator and theater director Barry Purves. This NSFW film focuses on the homoerotic relationship between Achilles and Patroclus and its influence on their experience of the Trojan War. Achilles was produced by UK television Channel Four and features the voice talents of Derek Jacobi as the narrator. It was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Animation in 1996 and won several other awards at many international film festivals.

On the explicit sexuality in the film, Purves notes in an interview: “With Achilles the question was whether it was possible to bring eroticism into stop-motion, or would technique get in the way. I think it worked. There’s been little serious eroticism in animation. A lot of films poke fun at sex and flesh, but it seems to me that animation is an interesting medium for exploring our primal urges.”

More:

http://barrypurves.com/Achilles

https://clivehicksjenkins.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/interview-with-barry-purves-part-2-in-the-realm-of-the-senses/

 

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