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The myth of Hercules: 12 labors in 8-bits - Alex Gendler

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Hercules — son of Zeus and champion of humankind — stricken with a temporary curse of madness, has just committed the most unspeakable crime imaginable. Seeking to atone for the deaths of his family, Hercules must complete twelve impossible tasks that pit him against invincible monsters and unfathomable forces. Alex Gendler retells this epic series of adventures.

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  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Jeff Le Bars, Jérémie Balais
  • Narrator Adrian Dannatt
  • Animator Jeff Le Bars, Jérémie Balais
  • Composer Raphaël Pibarot
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox, Jessica Ruby
  • Writer Alex Gendler
  • Fact-checker Francisco Diez
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Being an oral legend, various versions of the Labors of Hercules tend to differ in the details. Check out one of the original Greek written sources and compare it to a more modern summary, complete with ancient illustrations.

Read more about the significance that Hercules’s story held for the ancient Greeks and what lessons it may hold for us.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Jeff Le Bars, Jérémie Balais
  • Narrator Adrian Dannatt
  • Animator Jeff Le Bars, Jérémie Balais
  • Composer Raphaël Pibarot
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox, Jessica Ruby
  • Writer Alex Gendler
  • Fact-checker Francisco Diez
  • See more