Created by Pokejedservo on Mar 4 2011
EDITOR'S OPINIONToday 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.