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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

G  |   |  Animation, Drama, Family  |  21 June 1996 (USA)
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A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo (voice)
Quasimodo (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman ...
Esmeralda (voice)
Brutish Guard (voice)
Guards / Gypsies (voice)
Oafish Guard (voice)
Frollo (voice)
Paul Kandel ...
Clopin (voice)
Victor (voice)
Phoebus (voice)
Heidi Mollenhauer ...
Esmeralda (singing voice)
Patrick Pinney ...
Guards / Gypsies (voice)
Gary Trousdale ...
The Old Heretic (voice)
Archdeacon (voice)


In 15th century Paris, Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen but gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lovely gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame. Written by Kathy Li

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Release Date:

21 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El jorobado de Notre Dame  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,143,349 (UK) (19 July 1996)


ITL 27,074,967,000 (Italy) (3 January 1997)

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Did You Know?


Two of the gargoyles are named Victor and Hugo after Victor Hugo, the author of the novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." The third, Laverne, is named after Laverne Andrews, one of The Andrews Sisters. See more »


When Esmeralda and Quasimodo are about to jump off the top of Notre Dame, Esmeralda ties a kerchief around Djali's eyes and it wraps around the top of his head. In the next shot, however, the kerchief is wrapped vertically, from top to bottom, and it looks much larger. See more »


Quasimodo: [hollering loudly after rescuing Esmeralda from Frollo; the people answer his shouts by cheering] SANCTUARY! SANCTUARY! SANCTUARY!
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits, the gargoyle Hugo says, "Good night, everybody!" See more »


References Beauty and the Beast (1991) See more »


Heaven's Light/Hellfire
Written by Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz
Performed by Tom Hulce, David Ogden Stiers, Tony Jay, and Chorus
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User Reviews

Best Disney film ever made?
25 September 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Well... No. Not quite. It's not the 'conventional classic' that everyone loves and adores (see: Aladdin, The Lion King) and will show their children and their children's children. But that's just it. How anybody can deny that this is a fantastic film is beyond me.

Okay, it's in no way true to the story. But who cares? This is a Disney FILM. It's hardly setting out to be a serious piece of literature-to-film.

It's just... breathtaking. Not just the animation (which is some of the most accomplished from Disney to date, whilst we're on the subject), but the characterisation and pace of story. Frollo is, arguably, the most evil Disney villain ever committed to celluloid. Here, Disney touches on dark themes never before explored in their animated feature lengths; the main one being lust. The scene with 'Hellfire' is truly chilling.

Quasimodo is a brilliant Disney hero. His alienation is easy to relate to, and yet he's still alien enough for one to feel so sorry for him. He's just so tragic. His unrequited love for Esmerelda as she runs off with someone cooler and better looking is something we can all relate to. I quite like how the ending is part conventional for Disney and part not. Yes, the pretty heroine gets the knight in shining armour, but at the same time the real leading man doesn't have to be paired off with a beautiful leading girl in order to end up happy.

The voices are really talented- the notable standout for me being Kevin Kleine as Phebus, and Esmerelda is arguably one of the best things Demi Moore has ever done. I also adore, against most people's opinions, the gargoyles. Yes, they're a bit OTT, but that's what Disney sidekicks are all about, and they provide essential comedy balance for the darkness of the film.

The Hunchback Of The Notre Dame may not be the most authentic film storyline-wise, but it is dark, touching, scary, poignant, funny, chilling, moving (it never fails to leave me in floods of tears) and is one of the few Disney films that can stand alone from Disney as a wonderful piece of cinematography in it's own right.

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