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
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 »
[as Quasi hesitantly reaches down to pick up a loose grape so as not to wake the unconscious Pheobus, who is hidden under the table]
I think... you're hiding something.
[sitting back up]
Oh no, Master, I... There's no...
You're not eating, boy.
[gobbling his grapes]
'Tis very good. Thank you.
[we hear Pheobus groan]
[Pheobus groans again, then Quasi kicks him in the chin to silence him, then coughs loudly to cover up the noise]
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Other than the production logo and the title, there are no opening credits. See more »
I saw "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in the cinema when it first came out and I was about 5 or six years of age. I didn't think much of it, but having revisited it after all these years, I am convinced that this is Walt Disney Studios' most amazing effort yet. Despite the fact that it ignores much of its somber source material (understandibly), it is an incredible film on any level and certainly not one to be missed.
In case you're unfamiliar with the story, the film centers around the, well, Hunchback of Notre Dame: Quasimodo. Kept high up in the bell tower of the cathedral because of his hideous appearance by his cruel master Judge Claude Frollo (one of Disney's best villains), Quasi longs to be outside in the real world. After being convinced by his gargoyle friends to venture out into the world on the Festival of Fools, Quasi is beaten and humiliated because of his appearance, but is saved by the beautiful gypsy dancer Esmeralda. Frollo wishes to rid the city of the "gypsy scum" and Esmeralda is forced to take sanctuary inside the cathedral, where she befriends Quasi. To complicate matters, Captain of the Guard Phoebus has fallen in love with Esmeralda and so has Frollo. Phoebus defies Frollo's wishes to kill innocent gypsies and becomes, like Esmeralda, a fugitive, who is forced to hide in the cathedral as well under the protection of Quasimodo. However, once Frollo finds out the Quasi has been helping those who Frollo hates, it leads to an all out battle on the steps of Notre Dame, with a heart-pounding climax and bittersweet resolution.
This is by far Disney's best film, with beautiful animation, amazing voice talents, and a wonderful (if not completely faithful) story. Highly Recommended!
WARNING: Some material in this film may be too intense for young children; there is talk of hell, damnation, a woman being trampled to death on the steps of the cathedral, a man being publicly humiliated, whipping, and suggestive material. Parent be cautioned.
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