The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

DVD - 1996
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This movie doesn't get the love it deserves. Sure, it's got a few tonal issues, but if you just look past them, this movie is amazing. Quasimodo is so sweet and pure, I love his character so much. Esmeralda is strong, stubborn, and beautiful, I love her, and her interactions with Quasi are heartwarming. Phoebus is hilarious and respectful. But oh boy, Frollo, he's... He's one of the best Disney villains, he's actually a complex villain, he isn't just evil for the sake of being evil, he's got mislead prejudices and so much more. AND THE MUSIC. The best music in a Disney movie Period. Hellfire, Best Villian song period. God help the outcasts is painfully beautiful, heavens light is (Sorry to repeat, but) Beautiful, and The bells of Notre Dame is a jam. The disembodied voices singing in their epic booming chorus voice is just so amazing to hear along with the amazing visuals.
Beauty and the Beast used to be my favourite Disney movie, but then I rewatched Hunchback, and this movie is now my favourite movie. It's darker and isn't afraid to tackle heavier subjects like Religious prejudice, Lust, and racial bias. I love this movie so much and really wish more people would see for the thing it is, a masterpiece. Maybe not perfect (That stupid gargoyle) but very close.

A fantastic opening sequence that rivals The Lion King. Much darker than you typically expect from Disney, but the art style is amazing and it feels like one of the most realistic and grounded movies.

Gina_Vee Dec 11, 2017

I get a completely different perspective on this movie watching it as an adult.

Oct 25, 2017

I wasn't really impressed with this one though I do appreciate the fact that Disney took the classic story, put it onscreen and made it child friendly.

I just couldn't connect with the characters or get with the story line.

Apr 10, 2015

I have not seen this in years, but wow!! All the references to other movies and Shakespeare. I did not get those when I was a kid. Also this is a pretty dar film. I laughed a lot, but the subject matter is really dark and sort of twisted. Lots of laughs for the kids and plenty of more mature content to keep the adult's attention. Disney at its best. Great music too. Very sad that Esmeralda was demoted from being a Disney Princess. Her "I Want" song is the least selfish of all the Disney Princess songs.

Apr 09, 2015

What smudla512248 said!

Feb 08, 2015

This movie is creepy. One of the plot lines has the villain - Frollo - wanting to sleep with the gypsy woman. Because he can't, he'll destroy her. (There's even a song about it.) In one scene he even grabs her from behind (against her will) and buries his head in her hair to sniff it. This movie won't be watched again in my house.

i'm glad that you got that movie i really like this movie it was really good it is on t.v on cbc sunday every year i really like this movie i liked this movie since i was little i was also Esmarelda for halloween when i was in gr. 2 .

Aug 22, 2013

Although at first this movie was confusing for me, as it neared the end, pretty much all the pieces fit together. This story was really fantastic, and both the animation and characters topped for a film by disney not involving any main princess (think the little mermaid, beauty and the beast, etc.) or any main animal (think lion king, bambi, etc.). As britprincess1 below stated, Disney stepped out onto a limb here and did something they were not used to doing. However, they succeded with flying colors. Although I will agree that this movie is not for young children (it's scarier and has a higher comprehension level than most disney movies), it's one disney film that you really should see.

Jul 18, 2012

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME has somehow got a bad reputation over the years as a mediocre Walt Disney film, but to be honest, I can't understand why. It is a fantastic film with great writing and story development. Perhaps it is its tone, as it is a little more harsh (and so more suitable for older children, eight or nine years at least) and it is set in a historical setting (like Mulan, Pocahontas, etc.) that is pretty serious in its aesthetic (think French cathedrals) and that might not appeal to the eye as much as the rainbows and sunshine of other Disney films. However, it is a fantastic film, and takes an incredible risk by taking a stance on religious righteousness and the corruption of certain officials. It even says something about the problem with men of the cloth and celibacy (although only older audiences will notice it, so not to worry, it will most definitely fly over little children's heads). It is more serious, though, and I think that might be the only alleged "fault" one can find in what is truly a cinematic gem.

Jun 22, 2012

Amazing. Very un-Disney like, ubt the songs were awesome, and so was the story line and characters. Loved it. Isn't really for really young children though-- I think older people would understand it better.

smudla512248 Feb 02, 2012

I've Heard Some Nasty Comments About This Movie. People Have Stated That They Don't Like It Because The People Are Mean To Quasimodo. Gimme A Break! That's Like Saying That The Lion King Is A Bad Movie Because Scar Kills Mufasa. Classics Are Classics, And This Is Just As Great As Any Other Disney Movie!!

Dec 11, 2011

I honestly thought it would be better, as a Disney fan. I didn't really like the songs in the movie, it wasn't Alan Menkan's best work, to be honest. And I was actually so surprised how they portrayed Claude Frollo so closely to the actual story line...It's not really for kids....:P

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