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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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Tab Murphy (animation story by), Victor Hugo (from the novel "Notre Dame de Paris" by) | 24 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Alexander ... Hugo (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman ... Quasimodo's Mother / Additional Voices (voice)
Corey Burton ... Brutish Guard / Additional Voices (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Guards / Gypsies (voice)
Bill Fagerbakke ... Oafish Guard (voice)
Tom Hulce ... Quasimodo (voice)
Tony Jay ... Frollo (voice)
Paul Kandel Paul Kandel ... Clopin (voice)
Charles Kimbrough ... Victor (voice)
Kevin Kline ... Phoebus (voice)
Heidi Mollenhauer Heidi Mollenhauer ... Esmeralda (singing voice)
Demi Moore ... Esmeralda (voice)
Patrick Pinney Patrick Pinney ... Guards / Gypsies / Additional Voices (voice)
Gary Trousdale ... The Old Heretic (voice)
David Ogden Stiers ... 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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G | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

21 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,037,414, 23 June 1996

Gross USA:

$100,138,851

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$325,338,851
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Victor, Hugo and Laverne are never called gargoyles in the movie. That is perhaps because, although commonly known as such, they are not gargoyles but "grotesques", which are statues of demons or monsters said to scare evil spirits. True gargoyles are hollow and used as spouts for draining rainwater, hence the name: it comes from the French term "gargouille", which means to gargle. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Phoebus is arriving in Paris and looking for the Palace of Justice, Achilles sits on one of the soldiers and Phoebus cuts off half of his mustache with his sword. However, in the scene where Quasimodo is being tormented at the festival, the focus goes back to the same soldier. In some scenes he has his entire mustache, in other scenes only half. See more »

Quotes

Frollo: [to his soldiers after Pheobus escapes on Frollo's steed] Get him! And *don't* hit my horse!
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

On Australia's first home video release, about the entire last third of Hellfire was edited out, ending the scene with the line "I'll find her. I'll find her if I have to burn down all of Paris", and then a fade to black before moving on to the next scene. All the parts that were edited out have since been restored. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bell Tower
Music by Alan Menken
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User Reviews

Best Disney film ever made?
25 September 2004 | by cassbahSee 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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