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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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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)
Mary Kay Bergman ...
Guards / Gypsies (voice)
Oafish Guard (voice)
Quasimodo (voice)
Frollo (voice)
Paul Kandel ...
Clopin (voice)
Victor (voice)
Phoebus (voice)
Heidi Mollenhauer ...
Esmeralda (singing voice)
Esmeralda (voice)
Patrick Pinney ...
Guards / Gypsies / Additional Voices (voice)
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 USA:

$21,300,000, 23 June 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

(Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eric Idle was considered for the role of Clopin. See more »


Quasimodo swings down from the top of the bell tower to the ground on a rope that was previously only about 15 feet long. See more »


Quasimodo: [singing] Safe behind these windows and these parapets of stone / Gazing at the people down below me / All my life I watch them as I hide up here alone / Hungry for the histories they show me / All my life I memorize their faces / Knowing them as they will never know me / All my life I wonder how it feels to pass a day / Not above them / But part of them...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, the gargoyle Hugo says, "Good night, everybody!" See more »


Edited into The Frollo Show: Frollo Saves the World (2011) See more »


Heaven's Light/Hellfire
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Performed by Tom Hulce, David Ogden Stiers, Tony Jay, and Chorus
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Dramatic animation- a first and it works
21 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

The original film The Hunchback of Notre Dame was one of the saddest and most dramatic films ever. Now, Victor Hugo's original vision is put with color from disney, and it is still dramatic and sad, but it amazingly works into the Dinsey family fold, even if it is erotic, killing and weird. Great fun in voices from Thomas Hulce, Demi Moore, kevin Kline, Tonyt Jay and Jason Alexander as a gargoyle. One of the better animated films to come around in the 90's. A+

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