Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Cast: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, Tom Hulce, Demi Moore


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After the critical and commercial success of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, the Walt Disney Pictures animation studio embarked on their most serious and ambitious animated feature to date with this adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel Notre Dame de Paris. Quasimodo (voice of Tom Hulce) is a grotesquely…  See more details below


After the critical and commercial success of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, the Walt Disney Pictures animation studio embarked on their most serious and ambitious animated feature to date with this adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel Notre Dame de Paris. Quasimodo (voice of Tom Hulce) is a grotesquely deformed but kind-hearted young man who was abandoned by his parents as an infant and thrown down a well; he was rescued by the priests of Notre Dame, the massive cathedral in the heart of Paris, and he lives there, earning his keep as a bell ringer. Quasimodo has become the ward of Judge Frollo (voice of Tony Jay), an outwardly pious but deeply hateful man who treats Quasimodio with indifference and violently loathes the Gypsies who spend their days in the cathedral's courtyard. Frollo hopes to clear the Gypsies out of Paris with the help of Phoebus (voice of Kevin Kline), leader of the troops under Frollo's command. However, Phoebus does not share Frollo's racist views and harbors no ill will against the Gypsies. When Quasimodo is crowned King of the Fools after leaving Notre Dame during the annual festival of Topsy Turvy Day, the hunchback is ordered beaten by the guards as punishment, but Esmerelda (voice of Demi Moore), a hot-blooded but compassionate gypsy beauty, shows pity on him and helps free him from his chains. The lovely Esmerelda is the first woman to show kindness to the unfortunate Quasimodo, and the hunchback soon falls in love with her. However, the dashing Phoebus is also infatuated with her, and Esmerelda is attracted to Phoebus as well, though she feels a motherly affection for the hunchback. Judge Frollo finds that he also desires Esmerelda, which only inflames his hatred for the Gypsies when she refuses his proposals. Darker and less outwardly comic than most of Disney's features, The Hunchback of Notre Dame does feature comic relief in the form of Victor (voice of Charles Kimbrough) and Hugo (voice of Jason Alexander), a pair of gargoyles who befriend Quasimodo, as well as several songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame may not be as cheerful as many of its Disney forebears, but it features the most sophisticated animation the studio had ever produced and enough twists to please those insulted by the familiarity of the Disney format. When the villain, Judge Frollo, breaks into a seething song that's part religious dogma, part lust for the heroine, his face blanketed by the silhouette of flames, it's clear that Disney has finally furnished a more adult product. No doubt this hampered its profitability -- the film barely staggered over $100 million domestically, ranking it among the lowest-grossing Disney animated features of the modern era. Nonetheless, this is a visual feast, its star a grand and intricately detailed cathedral, captured from all angles with a lively "moving camera" effect. Thematically, it revisits Beauty and the Beast's idea that an unfortunate-looking, misunderstood outsider can indeed have a heart of gold. However, it's a much more stark treatment of that theme, with fewer fairy tale concessions and less certainty that the hero will end up with the girl. Some scenes may disturb the youngest viewers, including the gross mishandling of the hunchback at the Topsy Turvy festival, but these should be viewed more as a compliment to children's abilities to process these issues than as a misstep by Disney. Tom Hulce stands out among the vocal performers, while Kevin Kline and Demi Moore also fill their roles more than adequately. The talking gargoyles, voiced by Charles Kimbrough and Jason Alexander, make creative additions to Disney's time-honored legacy of sidekick comic relief.

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Performance Credits
Tom Hulce Quasimodo
Demi Moore Esmeralda
Kevin Kline Phoebus
Tony Jay Frollo
Jason Alexander Hugo
Charles Kimbrough Victor
Mary Wickes Laverne
David Ogden Stiers Archdeacon
Mary Kay Bergman Quasimodo's Mother
Corey Burton Brutish Guard
Jim Cummings Misc. Guards and Gypsies
Bill Fagerbakke Oafish Guard
Patrick Pinney Misc. Guards and Gypsies
Gary Trousdale The Old Heretic
Frank Welker Baby Bird
Jane Withers Laverne in additional dialogue
Tim Pigott-Smith Pierre Gringoire
Jack Angel Additional Voices
Joan Barber Additional Voices
Scott Barnes Additional Voices
Bob Bergen Additional Voices
Susan Blu Additional Voices
Maureen Brennan Additional Voices
Rodger Bumpass Additional Voices
Victoria Clark Additional Voices
Philip L. Clarke Additional Voices
Jennifer Darling Additional Voices
Debi Derryberry Additional Voices
Jonathan Dokuchitz Additional Voices
Bill Farmer Additional Voices
Laurie Faso Additional Voices
Merwin Foard Additional Voices
Dana Hill Additional Voices
Paul Kandel Clopin
Judy Kaye Additional Voices
Eddie Korbich Additional Voices
Alix Korey Additional Voices
Michael Lindsay Additional Voices
Sherry Lynn Additional Voices
Mona Marshall Additional Voices
Howard McGillin Additional Voices
Mickie T. McGowan Additional Voices
Anna McNeely Additional Voices
Bruce Moore Additional Voices
Denise Pickering Additional Voices
Philip Proctor Additional Voices
Jan Rabson Additional Voices
Peter Samuel Additional Voices
Kath Soucie Additional Voices
Gordon Stanley Additional Voices
Mary Stout Additional Voices
Marcelo Tubert Additional Voices

Technical Credits
Gary Trousdale Director
Kirk Wise Director
Roy Conli Co-producer
David Goetz Art Director
Don Hahn Producer
Ellen Keneshea Editor
Ruth Lambert Casting
Phil Lofaro Associate Producer
Alan Menken Score Composer
Tab Murphy Screenwriter
Jonathan Roberts Screenwriter
Bob Tzudiker Screenwriter
Noni White Screenwriter

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't exactly for kids and does have some themes that are probably for older teens. This is the story of Quasimodo who feels that he is a monster and is taken in by the creepy Judge. That's when Esmeralda comes in and helps Quasimodo including Phoebes the Guard leader. The opening scene has to be the saddest next to during the Festival of Fools event where Quasimodo won and later the Esmeralda finds out that he's not wearing a mask. And especially the climatic scene where Quasimodo tries to save Esmeralda from being burned at the stake. Its based on the novel by Victor Hugo and the film does seem to be a bit dark and is for the older crowd. Esmeralda is another favorite character of mine amongst the Disney princesses. Oh yeah and the ending was a little confusing I remember seeing this in theaters and my friend asked me: so are they throwing him out of their city or what? After the people were cheering and picked up Quasimodo and stuff. I just found that weird but loved the film. Anyway check this out and you should watch it with your kids and talk with them in case they get scared or something or are confused.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Well,I love The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and think Hunchback Of Notre Dame 2 is a high quality family film so that's why I wrote my sequel to this and here is some info on it. Syponsis: 7 years now we join Quasimodo who with Madalyn live together as husband and wife in the belltower and take care of an orphan named Fiona and everything goes well for the three. Expect, everything seems well when Phoebus, Esmeralda,Zephyr,and the newest addition Adriana return to Paris. One day while dancing Adriana discovers that Quasi's master Frollo is back in Paris and is looking for her and for Adriana's safety Phoebus sends her to the belltower and tells her never to leave Quasi and Madalyn's sight ,until thhey can get rid of Frollo. Yet, Adriana discovers the true dangers when she meets Frollo's young female deacon Georgia Maella who wittingly traps Quasi in a mysterious web and traps Adriana into Frollo's clutches. One day Adriana goes to tell her parents and brother about Frollo's trap but on the way the guards capture her and lock the poor gypsy youth in a caravan and plunge it into the river. Luckily, Clopin and Phoebus who were watching nerby rescue Adriana and take her to Quasimodo to be treated for her injury. Yay! No yay there is still the question of Does Frollo know that Adriana lived? Cast: Tom Hulce as Quasimodo, Andrea Libman as Adriana, Jason Alexander as Hugo, Tony Jay as Frollo, Kevin Kline as Phoebus, Demi Moore as Esmeralda, Paul Kandel as Clopin and Brittany Murphy as Georgia Maella.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was very good... the animation was excellent, the songs were great, the score was beautiful... but this movie is more of an "older kids and adult" type of movie. If you are expecting "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" to be a non-scary, kid-safe movie like "The Lion King", "Beauty and the Beast", or "Aladdin", you will be pretty disappointed. Frollo (the film's cruel villain) chases a gypsy woman and kills her (though non-bloody. She dies because Frollo pushes her down the church stairs, and she lies there motionless). When Frollo sees that a baby is deformed, he wants to throw it down a well, but a deacon stops him. Frollo also sets fire to innocent people's houses (though everyone makes it out okay). When Quasi and Phoebus enter some catacombs, we see some skeletons and other bones. Frollo also brainwashes Quasimodo by telling him that he's "ugly" and is a "monster". Though the movie had a very good message to it, a lot of violence is played through out the movie. I would not recommend this movie to kids 9 and under, but preteens and teens should enjoy this movie.
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Okay, so this is not the greatest Disney Movie of all time. However, it is really good. I think older, deeper people would appreciate it more than little kids. The music is great, the message is great, and the ending is happy. (So what if they changed it? However, it is kinda bad to change the masterpiece of a brilliant author too much. However, the book is really dark.) Give it a second try.