The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Animated)

Walt Disney Feature Animation Released 1996


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Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the story of Quasimodo, the gentle and lonely bell ringer of Notre Dame, to spectacular life. This critically acclaimed Disney masterpiece is an "uplifting, thrilling story with a heart-touching message that emerges from the comedy and song" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). At the urging of his hilarious gargoyle pals Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, Quaismodo leaves the solitary safety of his tower, venturing out to find his first true friend, the gypsy beauty Esmerelda. The most unlikely of heroes, Quasi fights to save the people and the city he loves and, in turn, helps us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear. The star-studded voice cast includes Jason Alexander, Tom Hulce, Kevin Kline, and Demi Moore in a magnificent Disney musical from renowned composer Alan Menken.

  • One of my favorite movies, if not my favorite

    I saw this movie a couple of weeks ago and didn't know what to think first time watching. I didn't hear people talk about this movie so I was thinking it was either underrated or so bad it wasn't worth mentioning. As the movie continued however, I was like "OMG where can I buy this" and "This is the best movie I've seen in quite awhile".

    Where do I even start with this masterpiece. I will first say the way they made Paris, it looks HUGE. It's very appealing to look at. While it does have its dark moments and religion themes, I think that's one of the reasons to like it more because in how much risk Disney took. Frollo himself is an amazing villain, and DON'T GET ME STARTED ON THE SONG HELLFIRE. It's one of the best, if not the best Disney song PERIOD. The rest of the music is very good too and the climax left me at the edge of my seat. The other characters are also likable. Quasi is a sympathetic character because he's like an outcast to everyone in the area, but his personality isn't mean or anything and just wants to be accepted. Esmerilda was Quasi first real friend, and I think she's pretty cool. I didn't like the gargoyles that much, at least not in this movie. They would be fine in another Disney movie, but not in something like this. But it doesn't bother me that much. They get a few good lines and "A guy like you" itself is a pretty good song. I also understand that it doesn't follow the original source material from the book because while I haven't read it, I heard it's way darker. But I do like the ending of this movie and it is Disney so of course it's a happy ending.

    Overall; if you haven't seen this yet, I highly recommend check it out. For all the faults with this movie (if any) I can look pass that because everything else is PERFECT. It's one of the best I have ever seen as far as movies go and as far as entertainment itself goes.moreless
  • Too dark

    Good music though.
  • A great movie.

    This is one of the best Disney Movies.
  • Nick finally cancelled Sam & Cat!

    I know this is unrelated, but we finally got rid of Sam & Cat! Hallelujah! So that's one crappy Nick show down, seven more to go. Now we just need to get rid of: The Thundermans, The Haunted Hathaways, Breadwinners, Rabbids Invasion, Sanjay and Cat, Every Which Way, and AwesomenessTV.
  • One of my all-time favorite movies

    I love this movie and is one of the main reasons the late Tony Jay was one of the best voice actors of all time. He played Frollo, one of the darkest and most evil Disney Villains ever created. Because of him, this is also very dark for a child's film, with heavy religious themes.

    Also, like every film in the Disney Renaissance, the film has great animation to the point where the shots with Notre Dame should be in an art museum, it had memorable songs such as Heaven's Light/Hellfire, God Help the Outcasts, and Feast of Fools.

    The message for the film is also something kids should value. Just because someone looks different, doesn't make them bad and can even become very good friends.

    I strongly recommend this film for anyone, despite its dark theme.moreless

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Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Music


70s, Classics, Musicals, Family Dramas, Fairy Tales & Fables