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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

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

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

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,143,349 (UK) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

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

When supervising animator Michael Surrey (Clopin) heard the song "Court of Miracles" he noted that a portion of it was similar to "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" music used in Fantasia (1940). After this he animated Clopin lifting up his robe to skip towards the lever after Mickey Mouse's movements. See more »

Goofs

While Frollo is singing "Hellfire", he pulls out Esmeralda's sash. At various points throughout the song, the sash disappears and reappears in his hands. See more »

Quotes

Frollo: [picks up one of Quasimodo's wooden figures] Isn't this one new? It's awfully good. Looks very much like the Gypsy girl. I know... you helped her ES-CAPE!
Quasimodo: But I...
Frollo: And now all Paris is burning because of YOU!
Quasimodo: She was kind to me, Master.
Frollo: [destroying all of Quasi's wooden figures] You idiot! That wasn't kindness, it was cunning! She's a Gypsy!
[pulling Quasi by the collar]
Frollo: Gypsies are not capable of real love!
[shaking Quasi]
Frollo: Think, boy! Think of your MOTHER!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bells of Notre Dame
Written by Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz
Performed by Paul Kandel, David Ogden Stiers, Tony Jay, and Chorus
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A pleasant surprise
19 January 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a surprise of a pleasant Disney film, in my opinion this is the last real great (hand drawn)animated Disney movie. I was eleven when this film was release and I saw it in the theater, I was just absolutely in love with this film. Still to this day I like watching it. It has such a beautiful story, a bit different from the original Hunchback of Notre Dame book, but they had to make it family friendly. Not to mention that the soundtrack to The Hunchback of Notre Dame is just so beautiful and awesome, the best since The Lion King. This is just such a charming and magical film, I can't see someone not falling in love with it.

Quasimodo is a disfigured man who was raised by the evil and cruel Frodo who only keeps him to save himself from eternal damnation. One day Quasimodo goes down to the big fair and bumps into a beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda, who doesn't judge him by his looks but by his charming and kind personality. But when she saves him from the crowd's cruelty, she is a fugitive on the run now, but Quasimodo helps her and falls in love with her. But a new soldier, Phoebus, has also fallen for her and she has for him too, but they all must stick together in order to survive the cruel flames of Notre Dame.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is just such a great film to watch, it's a great family movie for the afternoon. It's such a touching story, it could even bring a few tears to your eyes, and some fun comedy to uplif the story. I loved the old man who is constantly in a trap of some sort and his line every time he gets free "I'm free! I'm free!", then he gets back in the same situation "Dangit!", that was funny. The cast was perfect and seemed to have a lot of fun with their characters. I highly recommend this film, it's a great Disney treasure.

9/10


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