Directed by Gary Trousdale
and Kirk Wise
Perhaps the darkest film for the Disney 53, and certainly of the Renaissance period, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
was the first to focus on a major religion, and led to some controversy during production, mostly due to the heavy subject matter. There were many issues that caused friction between the creative team and the studio, notably the character of Frollo, his profession and motivation.
Like many/most of Disney’s adaptations, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
is considerably lighter, and somewhat happier than Victor Hugo
’s original novel, but its themes of religion, racism, moral and social commentary and the rights of all peoples to exist in peace remain firmly in place.
Synopsis: Paris, the fifteenth century; the kindly, deformed Quasimodo
lives a lonely existence within the belltower of Notre Dame cathedral. His only living companions are a trio of stone Grotesques (not Gargoyles