Hercules Hercules


Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Philoctetes with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Hercules

Created by Pokejedservo on Mar 4 2011
Hercules (1997)
PhiloctetesDanny DeVito
Danny DeVito
Hercules (1998)
PhiloctetesRobert Costanzo
Robert Costanzo


Today on the Hercules VC section we have a VC for Hercules' Trainer the Satyr... PHILOCTETES! We shall begin this with the 1997 Disney movie Hercules in which Phil was voiced by known comedic actor Danny Devito. First of all I will say that Devito was easily a great casting choice here for Phil but then again anyone whom is at all familiar with Danny Devito's work is probably not too surprised here. (A short fat grouch with a New Yorker accent? Yeah I think Danny has done roles like Philoctetes before in which Disney even admitted that they did base Philoctetes off of him as well. Granted the way Disney based Phil off of Danny Devito is a bit more subtle than other animated characters based off of their voice talent but still.) Anyways while Danny Devito's work is not as renowned as James Woods' classic performance as Hades but Danny's work still does definitely deserve praise as his performance definitely captures Philoctetes as a gruff-mannered cynic with a occasional soft side rather well. To make a long story short Danny Devito's performance as Philoctetes is probably his best voice acting performance and a good example of his work in general.

While certain characters in Disney's Hercules have kept their Celebrity Voice talent (such as Hades for example) Philoctetes wasn't of them in fact in the Hercules TV series (and the rest of Philoctetes' appearances) Robert Costanzo. Fortunately while Robert is known for being a good stand-in for Danny Devito in which he is definitely able to sound like him (heck Robert even looks like Danny Devito here but I suppose that is a different story). But still not only does Robert do a great job trying to sound like Danny Devito his performance also suited Philoctetes' persona rather well too. To make a long story short Robert Costanzo's work as Philoctetes is easily one of the best "Stand-in" voice acting performances on a Disney production, so overall both of these performances are classic in their own way.     



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said at 7:19 PM on Sun Oct 22 2017
Danny wins my vote. The role of Phil seems to have been made with him in mind. Having said that, Robert was a very good replacement.
said at 2:24 PM on Sun Sep 3 2017
Even though I'm a bigger fan of the TV series I'll give it to Danny DeVito. He gave the character a gruff tone with the right voice and a lot of emotional depth. Pretty much this role was made for him.

Roberto Costanzo does a great job as a stand-in though. The only issue is that it's rather plain compared to Danny.
said at 7:03 PM on Wed Nov 2 2016
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Roberto Costanzo is good, but I prefer Danny DeVito's performance as I feel generally had more emotion and presence in it- it had depth, weight, as well as overall presence.

I personally disagree with the notion that simply because someone voiced a character longer than another person, that makes it the superior take, but that's just me- I do not think that's always the case, myself.
said at 7:08 PM on Wed Nov 2 2016
Apologies to Robert there, made a typo, but I will say he still did a good job in his own right, even though his performance isn't my favorite.
said at 5:36 PM on Wed Nov 2 2016
Based on the voice clips provided right now .. Costanzo. Plus, DeVito played the role once, whereas Costanzo has had the role in everything else, so I'm more used to him.
said at 1:33 PM on Tue May 17 2016
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Danny De Vito: his sympathy, his charisma, his being himself is what made Phil so magic and great. Robert is great too
said at 5:42 AM on Sat Mar 12 2016
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Robert's good, but Danny DeVito IS Phil.

BONUS OPTION: I think Maurice LaMarche could do a pretty good Phil.
said at 8:21 PM on Fri Jan 13 2017
@Michaelsar I agree.
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said at 10:13 PM on Wed May 20 2015
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I'm going to have to call it a tie: Danny Devito IS Phil, but Robert does a damn good job sounding exactly like him.
said at 2:32 AM on Mon Nov 17 2014
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I watched the tv series before the movie, so Phil is Bobby Costanza to me.
said at 8:55 PM on Sat Nov 2 2013
Who is the female voice in Costanzo's clip? She sounds like Alanna Ubach as Strudel, but it can't be her.
said at 9:46 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
@Dogman15 He mentions Athena so probably her.
said at 12:55 PM on Wed Oct 2 2013
They are both really good. Both of them make the character funny & grouchy the way Phil is supposed 2 be but I have 2 go for Danny as he was the original (sorry Robert).
said at 9:26 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
They're both almost identical, but Danny has more of growl in his voice that Robert lacks. It's a tough call, but I prefer Danny overall.
said at 8:47 PM on Thu Jan 19 2012
Both actors are on par
said at 7:36 PM on Wed Sep 14 2011
Danny is the best Phil, but Robert is a good stand-in.
said at 2:43 AM on Sat Mar 5 2011
Growing up hearing Danny's voice. I vote for him but Robert isn't bad.
said at 12:49 AM on Sat Mar 5 2011
I'm going with Danny DeVito
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