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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…
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.…
This movie is fine. I mean, it isn't shit. It also isn't excellent. Do I always say that when I talk about a film I don't really love or hate? I like that Disney is taking a mature and adult story and toning it down for young audiences, but it shouldn't be that toned down. The gargoyles are useless and are just plain dull and unneeded comedic relief. The songs are okay, except for Hellfire....WHOA. I also don't like how they use songs and balance the film with dialogue, since it seems a bit uneven. Voice cast is okay, Tony Jay is excellent. Imagery is nice, but not breathtaking, except for one little sequence. This film/story could benefit…
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A Disney movie with a lot of supringly subtle (and not so subtle) mature themes thoughout. I never saw this movie when it was first released when I was a young teenager, but I've watched it twice now as an adult and it's quickly rising up my ranks of favorite Disney animated features.
Wonderful animation aside, the movie isn't all roses though. Some of the songs are only just OK, and the gargoyle characters don't really add too much, but hey, it's for the kids - cause some of the stuff in this one might be a bit boring for the younger viewers. Some of the dialogue is a little TOO back and forth, as well, as if sometimes every…
Actually one of the better '90s Disney releases but marred by atrocious sub-Les Mis music by Menken/Schwartz.
Much, much darker than I anticipated.
The character of Claude Frollo is horribly grotesque... and definitely my favourite part. The musical number Hellfire is a prime example and a highlight. It blatantly questions the religious hypocrisy seething from it's priests and leaders, and is definitely a song of extreme severity to be featured in a children's film. That's probably why I enjoyed it.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a wonderful little film.
Oh, and by the way, the goat steals the greatest scene in the movie.
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