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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…
Hadn't seen this since I was little. It was a lot darker than I remember it being but still a joy to watch.
Killing in the first 4 minutes ...
frankly Dangerous-looking gypsies in skeleton costumes ...
Corpses , lots of corpses ......
Exotic dancing ...
government men singing about lust ...
the way outcasts were treated ...
fires of hell ... ....... !
Did kids really watch this ? lol
I don't know how I missed out on this as a kid. It's a great animated film with one of the best villains I've seen in a Disney movie! The music, the gothic architecture... it's all so great and I'm so happy that I finally saw this movie. I nearly cried when Quasimodo was made fun of in the beginning and that Hellfire scene, wow.
Please tell me I wasn't the only one rooting for the evil knight guy?
Frollo is an underrated Disney villain and maybe even the darkest, what with his attempts at genocide, infanticide, and the murder of an innocent pole dancer because he can't control his lust for her. If only the movie weren't saddled with the worst cutesy sidekicks and far too many unmemorable ballads.
Earlier in the day I watched the latest Transformers...
Hey, Mr. Bay, this is how you destroy a city and make it mean something.
This is adapted from a rather dark novel but remains a movie with that Disney feeling.
NOTE: Not, in fact, re-watched. For my course we had to do an essay on Disney, but I value the Disney filmography like I value world hunger, so naturally I chose the "write a reboot or remake of a Disney franchise" question rather than have to sit through more than one of their filmic products. As it is, they've seldom produced better work than The Hunchback of Notre Dame and I rather enjoyed watching the thing, even more so (completely) re-writing it. Here are the first 10 pages of my reboot of the franchise, which I found out today that I totally didn't fail, even though it's completely ridiculous bollocks and blatant left-wing propaganda.
Inspired by Nick Cave's unproduced script…
I got into a fight with the dude I watched this with because he said he hated Esmerelda because she's probably a feminist.
Not as good as I remembered.
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