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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 was quite disappointed in this movie, I love most Disney films I've seen and for some reason I had never saw this one.
I didn't like any of the songs which is very surprising for me.
This film is dark as hell.
It's good overall, but "God Help the Outcasts" simply raises it to another level.
I've yet to see a better film created at Walt Disney Animation Studios. One of the best (animated) films ever made.
Doubtless this is one of Disney's more underrated animated features, particularly for the time period in which it was released. It has a few minor problems (mostly quibbles with changes from the original novel), but overall I think it's a splendid adaptation. The songs are wonderful, the animation gorgeous, and the story is heavy (for a Disney movie) but leavened with humor. Excellent.
Esta película es tan brutal que ni unos secundarios cómicos tan HORRIBLES en todos los sentidos posibles como las Gárgolas pueden tumbarla.
Don't usually care too much for the "Disney Renaissance," since I think adopting standard scripting and Broadway-structuring the musical numbers kind of killed the weird, unique genre Disney films had carved out for themselves, but this was pretty decent. It's got a weird problem, where they had a story that was way too dark for the target audience, but instead of lightening it up, they just add super broad comedy scenes in between scenes of absolute darkness and horror. I kind of like how weird and inappropriate the tonal shifts are here. One scene gives you a sexually repressed priest trying to commit genocide, then the next has a farting statue. Bonkers in an unsafe way.
Certainly one that I underrated from my childhood. This is probably only my third viewing of this film.
It starts out very beautiful and powerful. Frollo proves to be one of the most sinister villains Disney has ever produced. Sadly, it loses a bit of steam about halfway through, and there's the weird infatuation song the Gargoyles forced between Quasimodo and Esmeralda. The songs are hit and miss, with 'Hellfire' & 'Bells of Notre Dame' being really impressive, while 'Topsy Turvy' & 'A Guy Like You' are nothing bud duds.
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(Last Updated: 11 October 2014)
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