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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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| (5.1) (L-R)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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While Quasimodo is singing 'Out There', the camera pans over Paris and zooms in on a street. In this scene, Belle from Beauty and the Beast (1991) is seen walking and reading her book (walks out the bottom of the screen, to the right of the well), Pumbaa from The Lion King (1994) is being carried on a pole by two men (carried out of the bottom of the screen, but left of the well), and another man (in a gray-blue tunic) is shaking out the Carpet from Aladdin (1992). See more »


When Quasimodo and Frollo are going over his alphabet, Frollo lifts his cup to his lips before saying the letter "F". In the next cut to Quasimodo when he replies "Festival", Frollo's cup is still on the table, despite the audible spit take from Frollo. See more »


Phoebus: Esmeralda?
Esmeralda: Shh. Shh. Shh. You'll hide here until you're strong enough to move.
[Esmeralda pulls out a flask]
Phoebus: Great. I could use a drink.
[Esmeralda pours it on his wound, and Phoebus cries out in pain]
Phoebus: Yessssss! Mmmm. Feels like a 1470 Burgundy. Not a good year.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Studio C: Episode #5.1 (2014) See more »


The Bells of Notre Dame (Reprise)
Written by Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz
Performed by Paul Kandel and Chorus
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Pure Disney magic
23 November 2005 | by (Chantilly, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, in my opinion, is pure Disney magic. If you ask me, Frollo (voice of Tony Jay) was truly diabolical. On the other hand, Quasimodo (voice of Tom Hulce) and Esmeralda (voice of Demi Moore) were truly meant to be friends. I really enjoyed the music, especially "Someday," by All-4-One. "Out There" was good, too. In my opinion, Tom Hulce can really sing. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed Hugo's (voice of Jason Alexander) and Quasimodo's singing. Before I wrap this up, I'd like to say that everyone involved in this film did very well. Now, in conclusion, I highly recommend this film that's pure Disney magic to all of you who haven't seen it. You're in for a good time, so go to the video store, rent it or buy it, kick back with a friend, and watch it.

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