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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…
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The film is weirdly sexual. Everyone wants to bang Esmerelda up to the point where I think maybe I do too. Their singing has convinced me that she is particularly attractive. HELLFIRE!! reminds…
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…
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.
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…
Only thing holding this movie back, are the mediocre songs.
During the renaissance decade of Walt Disney Animation Studios - the company managed to spew out darker stories into the canon following the success of "The Little Mermaid". They eventually brought lighter fare back following the release and small controversy around the doom within "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", however - arguably their darkest feature to this day. Besides the comedic relief found in the annoying supporting gargoyle characters (I'm confident that if there was an edit removing their very existence, the film would be a masterpiece), "Hunchback" is viciously psychological - with a hero that is deeply sympathetic without being pitiful, and a villain who hungers and preys in relation to his faith in God and lust for a gypsy woman. Damn, Disney. Could you please do a story as ballsy as this again?
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Man, I'm a sucker for Hugo.
Not quite as good on a rewatch, but still pretty great. A few of the chase scenes get a bit overly ridiculous. Still, the music and humor hits the right beats. Hellfire is possibly the best song in Disney animated history. Match that with God Bless the Outcasts, and those songs make up for all the ridiculousness and slight missed emotional beats of the ending. Possibly my favorite Disney movie.
Extremely dark for a G-rated film yet richly rewarding, Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame never ceases to inspire me. With a relevant message that continues to endure with time, beautiful animation, phenomenal music from Alan Menken, and compelling characters, not only is The Hunchback of Notre Dame one of Disney's best, but also extremely underrated. A lot of storytelling risks are taken in this cartoon, and while the original ending is altered for Disney's sake, the message pays off tremendously.
"I, um, had a little trouble with the fireplace."
Cast and characters: 9/10
Production values: 10/10
Gross, I'd hate to have a messed up back.
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The only Disney movie to ever make me cry.
The girl-gargoyle was my favorite character for this movie, and I remember all of the so-called friends made fun of me relentlessly. What's wrong with liking her??
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(Last Updated: 28 July 2015)
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