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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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…
A darker and more dramatic turn for Disney, it made me sad that it took so long for me to get round to watching this one. Definitely one of their more underrated films, I always seem to like Disney that little bit more when they depart from the standard princess/fairy tale area.
As I wanted to tave a break from my Horror frenzy, I shouldn't have picked The Hunchback of Notre Dame, because this is some straight up horror shit from Disney, living gargoyles, gypses practicing witchcraft, a deformed man haunting an old bell tower and something that looks a lot like a man selling his soul to devil, it has even a Carrie moment...
But seriously, this is one of my all time favorities, a sad but beautiful story that never cease to impress me. The opening song is one of the very best in Disney's history, quite underrated!
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.
I finally watched this movie.
It was kind of Repunzel meets les Miserables
Man, that Frolo. What a psychopath. FYI, He's a stalker too - creepy.
I thought some of this movie was ok, the overall arc was there, it's just that the rhythm seemed off somehow and it wasn't just the music felt off-beat either.
The way the scenes cut from shot to shot was constantly jarring. Too fast one second, too slow the next, not giving the characters room to breathe between words and pushing the sentences together. The dialogue just felt rushed. For me, it made it less engaging, and sort of flattened out the already dull humor.
It's odd that the pair of directors, Gary Trousdale…
My God the music. It brought me to tears no fewer than 3 times during this underrated knockout. Darker than perhaps is appropriate for the traditional demographic but a fantastic work of animated wonder nonetheless. Great film.
Have to applaud Disney for taking on a fairly serious topic. This just lacks the beauty of Pocahontas, humor of Aladdin, acuity of Lion King and emotional depth of Beauty. Meh.
Estéticamente es apabullante, y argumentalmente soporta muy bien las concesiones al infantilismo que lastran a otras producciones de esta clase. Aunque la banda sonora está en conjunto más cerca del suficiente que del notable hay números musicales que son una auténtica delicia.
Y ay, esa introducción musical es la materialización de lo sublime kantiano. Una maravilla.
Estéticamente deplorable, pero argumentativamente notable teniendo en cuenta lo ambicioso de la disneyficación de la gran novela de Victor Hugo.
La música de Alan Menken siempre es una delicia que engrandece a la obra más pequeña, aunque aquí brille relativamente débil por culpa de unas letras aburridas y monótonas.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is yet another one from my Disney boycott era. I always figured they wouldn't do the story justice and would probably wuss-out on the ending. To recap this is what happened to Victor Hugo's characters...
Frollo: death by falling.
Quasimodo: starves to death hugging Esmeralda's corpse.
Disney only opt to kill off one of the three main characters, the obvious one, although they tease with Esmeralda being 'near death'. But hey, they couldn't kill anyone off or they'd burn any chance of a direct to video sequel! Gotta maximise that profit. Also, not traumatising millions of kids.
The film itself is decent looking and the performances are ok. There are too many poor songs dragging the film down, a complaint I have about almost every Disney musical, but it's not offensive or anything. Just tame.
It's almost mind blowing that Disney even attempted an adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I've never read Victor Hugo's novel, but I do know that it's supposedly an exceedingly dark work which heavily criticizes the church and deals with thematic material like abuse and sexual desire. Not exactly something you'd expect to see from the House of Mouse, but they did it, and the results are certainly interesting. Unlike the Charles Laughton film, where the Hunchback was depicted as a sort of animalistic monster, here he's more of a kind soul with a deformed look. It's not as interesting, but it allows for a more conventional story of acceptance for kids, which I get. What really irks me…
Seeing this great Disney classic on the big screen was just a delight. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is one of my favorite Disney movie, especially musically-wise and it was amazing to be able to witness this grand show in a cinema. I was born in 1995 and never had the chance to experience the movie other than with the old VCR in my mum's bedroom. Now, I can say otherwise.
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