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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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When Quasi defies the evil Frollo and ventures out to the Festival of Fools, the cruel crowd jeers him. Rescued by fellow outcast the gypsy Esmeralda, Quasi soon finds himself battling to save the people and the city he loves.
Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a dark and depressing story which is a million miles away from the happy-clappy world of Disney with its broad comedy sidekicks and song and dance routines. So it is hardly surprising that Disneyfying such a bleak tale comes with its fair share of problems. However, whilst this family friendly adaptation has its issues it is admirable that a risk averse studio would attempt such a story in the first place. It is also pleasing that they don’t exorcise the darker elements of the story completely making it, alongside The Black Cauldron, one of Disney’s oddest and most challenging animated features to date.
It has been a good few years since I…
With its malformed protagonist and its themes of racism, lust, and moral absolutism, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is a decidely darker step for Disney. The result of this step is an underappreciated film in Disney's canon that is nonetheless a triumphant piece of animated cinema.
Based on, and communicating the themes of, more mature and sophisitcated source material, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" Disneyfies Victor Hugo but still makes an impact. The film is a sweeping and moving epic that revels in its dark corners. Even its hallmarks of 1990s-era Disney, in this case: talking gargoyles, come off as targeting a slightly more grownup audience.
The animation is mostly straightforward, focusing on representing the detail of Paris and its…
AHHH THIS FILM. This film shows how absolutely stunning animation can look, how cinematic and huge a film can be despite being drawn. The swooping camera and zoom ins, zoom outs, soaring over Paris still leave me breathless. The score is incredible, so operatic, I would definitely call this a musical rather than a film with songs in it, since a lot of it IS sung. Possibly that is why the songs aren't that memorable? Hellfire deserves five stars by itself!
Frollo is such a meany, I fucking LOVE him. Could do without the gargoyls though but what would a Disney film be without something like that? I'm sure I enjoyed them when I was little.
Basically expanding on the…
Hunchback is a film that gets immeasurably better the older you get. It is musical, an actual full blown musical, and once you separate it from usual Disney musicals it makes so much more sense.
This film is an experiment, both the musical elements and the blend of CGI and hand drawn animation. It's definitely the most grand they ever produced, the CGI works with Paris. The light streaming and glistening off the windows of Notre Dame is so beautiful.
I guess the best part is Hellfire. Hellfire is Disney magic through and through, it gives me chills every time I watch it. The rest if the actual score is brilliant, ringing bells and soaring choirs, but Hellfire is the shining star. Never has a boner been more dramatically sung about.
Good Lord, where to begin?!
As I see it, this is one of the - if not THE - greatest animated films from Disney so far. There is SO much underneath the surface here! First of all, the story is superbly well directed, as they manage to appeal to adults as well as children with its dark and intense plot, while at the same time making it a fun and adventurous festival for the younger viewers. It's brilliant!
Second, I find it hard choosing one special musical moment that is greater than the other, but - oh my god! - "God Help the outcast" leaves me dissolved in tears every time I see this film! SOO much emotions there!
Easily one of Disney's more underrated animations. That is, unless you hate it.. then it's not. I love it though, so it is. Ok, I'll move on now. Hunchback has probably the best score out of all Disney pictures, second only to The Lion King. Church bells, breath taking choirs, heavy use of percussion, this soundtrack kicks. The animation is very detailed, especially when compared to Disney's follow up film, Hercules.
If there was anything negative to say about this film, it would be the over use of the Gargoyles as comic relief. Obviously the main aspect of the movie that never appeared in the novel nor the original Charles Laughton adaptation. Jason Alexander is the shit though, so Hugo…
Great songs and well-drawn; too bad the plot takes the easy way out instead of giving us the tragedy it was heading towards.
Judge Frollo's Hellfire song maybe be the darkest and most awesome Disney villain song
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Disney abdicates the throne part I
I remember going to see this in theaters when I was a kid, and not being a huge fan of it. I know now it's probably because of the dark thematic elements, which I greatly appreciated on my re-watch.
In fact, I can say now that it ranks highly on my list of Disney favorites.
The score in this is fantastic and it's a shame that it often gets passed over. The Bells of Notre Dame, God Save the Outcasts, and Topsy-Turvy are some of the standouts. If anything, watch this for the soundtrack, it's that great!
I am also impressed with how well they actually lightened up the source material (where everyone dies)
Would recommend for children 9 or older, people who like 'dark' Disney, and people who like bells (haha)
Pros: Great Score and beautiful animation
Cons: Dark themes get depressing after a while (especially in a kids movie)
Compared to other Disney movies, I think this one is a little underrated. Although, especially in the beginning, there's way too much singing. Best part are the gargoyles.
Descent animated film, great themes, not my favorite though.
Of Disney's 90's animation boom, this had to be the one that took the most chances, and it certainly seemed at the time that it upset the most people, being a necessarily Disney-fied version of a grim story which ended in death for everyone you'd care about.
This does not end in death for everyone you care about. But it does do a lot of nervy things, not all of them entirely successfully (one of the gargoyle sidekicks wants to fuck that goat, I guess). It's one thing to give us an "ugly" protagonist, it's another thing to dive right in and see what a fine line it can be between acceptance and humiliation when all you've known is isolation.…
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