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 grotesquelySee more details below

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2013
UPC:
0786936825602
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1AB
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:37:00
Sales rank:
10,877

Special Features

Disc 1 - Blu-ray: two feature films and bonus; Features Disney enhanced high definition picture and sound; The making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Audio commentary; Multi-language reel - "a guy like you"; Behind the scenes with Jennifer Love Hewitt; A gargoyle's life; ; Disc 2 - DVD: feature film + bonus; The Hunchback of Notre Dame: ; The making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame; ; Disc 3 - DVD: feature film + bonus; The Hunchback of Notre Dame II; Behind the scenes with Jennifer Love Hewitt

Cast & Crew

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28
29. Chapter 29
30. Chapter 30
Disc #2 -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
1. Chapter 1 [3:48]
2. Chapter 2 [3:13]
3. Chapter 3 [1:11]
4. Chapter 4 [2:47]
5. Chapter 5 [3:03]
6. Chapter 6 [6:04]
7. Chapter 7 [1:29]
8. Chapter 8 [2:57]
9. Chapter 9 [2:07]
10. Chapter 10 [1:51]
11. Chapter 11 [:52]
12. Chapter 12 [2:27]
13. Chapter 13 [2:28]
14. Chapter 14 [4:00]
15. Chapter 15 [2:18]
16. Chapter 16 [1:56]
17. Chapter 17 [1:43]
18. Chapter 18 [1:05]
19. Chapter 19 [2:36]
20. Chapter 20 [4:20]
21. Chapter 21 [1:53]
22. Chapter 22 [2:29]
23. Chapter 23 [3:03]
24. Chapter 24 [5:57]

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