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
The bugs crawling on the block that Frollo holds while talking to Phoebus about the Court of Miracles. See more »
[Quasimodo is chained down, the gargoyles are encouraging him to free free himself]
Come on, Quasi, snap out of it!
Your friends are down there!
[despondently and weakly]
It's all my fault.
[as she, Hugo, and Victor try tugging the chains]
You gotta break these chains!
I can't. I tried. What difference would it make?
But you can't let Frollo *win*!
He already has.
[dropping the chains]
Say, you're giving up? That's it?
These chains aren't what's holding you back, ...
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After the final credits, the gargoyle Hugo says, "Good night, everybody!" See more »
I've just read a comment that this movie has a lot of bad songs. I absolutely disagree - there may be some weak parts of script or so, but music is indeed very, very good. Alan Menken made a masterpiece, as usual! The orchestration, score, everything, not to mention good voices of characters. But it is true that maybe this story isn't exactly meant for children, although Disney tried to make it closer to a child's ear and eye. I also think that the animation was really good - much more expressive than some of newer Disney's movies that were made almost entirely by computers. It's a pity that Hunchback wasn't more successful - it certainly deserved it.
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