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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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Pocahontas and The Rescuers Down Under were low points of the Disney Renaissance, and many say that after The Lion King, the era’s quality began to dip; well I knew coming into this middle-late point of the era that it isn’t true, I have seen Hercules, Tarzan, and Mulan before, and they were some of my favourite films back when I was younger, therefore I knew the era still had spark in them. I think my negative feelings towards Pocahontas and The Rescuers sequel is that they were first time watches, I had no pre-conceived ideas coming into it and the sense of nostalgia that I feel with the other films were lacking; I thought that…
An 'exotic' love interest in this, not a princess, which during this particular time, ie. the transnational push they didn't exist much. Anyway, growing up I had a fantasy of a woman who lived in a cold country and I'll elaborate. I thought that obviously since you lived in a cold country that your vagina would be cold and I thought that was entirely fascinating. So I wanted a cold vagina basically. Why? Because I don't know. I might have been weird. Cold dicks aren't recommended though.
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…
why is frollo every single crusty ass white male conservative politician 👀
nothing new thematically (the oppressed finding strength and solidarity in each other, etc) but the animation, inspired by hugo's own fascination with french architecture, is occasionally gorgeous and menken's deeply evocative music, despite clear aspirations, is probably the closest he (and disney) ever got to actual broadway
gotta be the most the most underrated of disney's renaissance stuff
Yup. More thoughts tomorrow.
I get that this movie is trying to convey all sorts of messages about tolerance, don't judge a book by it's cover and such, but it's oh so painful to watch.
The heavy changes in the original story, like its inevitable softening to be more palatable for children, may displease some, but still it tackles serious themes with a lot of wonderful songs and spectacular visuals, among the best that Disney has ever put on screen.
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Probably the greatest Disney Film the studio has ever put out, Hunchback has a gorgeous look to it, an interesting plot for the time, mostly gripping characters, a jaw dropping musical score to go along with it, and just overall a great movie. If I could gripe, it'd probably the comic leads that make the experience falter, but overall everything else makes up for it.
Disney movies, especially those from its overrated "Renaissance Era", always had underlying problems that the majority didn't wish to address. "Beauty and the Beast" had implications of Stockholm Syndrome, "The Little Mermaid" taught little girls to sell yourself for an attractive stranger, and Pocahontas simply beautified an ugly history. What was the crime of Notre Dame? Lookism. Or at least that was the mentality I had when I began watching this movie tonight.
I only watched part of the movie as a child, but couldn't remember much because I was too young to understand its deeper, more complex moral ambiguity. What I did learn later on was that Quasimodo, the 'unattractive' man, didn't get the girl, a fact that stood…
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In my honest and humble opinion, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ is another entry in the ever-popular Renaissance era that just didn’t deliver or do justice to their modern magnum opus, that is ‘The Lion King’. To me, it seemed like Disney had a hard time hitting as hard as they did with that film, failing to come back with something truly refreshing, magnificent and magical. Sadly, Disney's take on the deformed isn’t their return to form, but more of a formal retelling of the same fundamental strokes that isn’t as daring or different as it should be, nor…
One of my absolute favorite Disney movies! Love the music, love the colors, love the story! Best opening for at Disney movie ever!!
This is one of those films that you gotta appreciate when you're old enough to understand what the story is actually about. You have one of the strongest messages, the best soundtrack, and most developed protagonist the Disney studio has ever produced in history, and the worst part is that it's so underrated. I mean, is it a perfect adaptation to the original book (even though the book can get boring as hell sometimes)? I'll be honest here. No, but will you appreciate the effort at the end of the day. Absolutely.
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