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
Esmeralda has emerald green eyes, the reason presumably being because "esmeralda" is the Spanish and Portuguese word for "emerald". During the Middle Ages, green eyes were often considered to be a sign of either magic, evil, and/or witchcraft (which explains why many of Disney's earlier villains had green eyes, and therefore such was originally restricted to villains). This explains why she was designed to look malicious-looking despite being the heroine and why Frollo (who is outright evil) actually sees her as being evil despite her true, good nature. See more »
During "Heaven's Light", Victor's drawing changes from the goat-like claw with a semi-circular line to his final stick figure drawing of Esmeralda. See more »
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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Other than the production logo and the title, there are no opening credits. See more »
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 »
The timeless tale of the seductive gypsy Esmeralda and the tortured hunchback Quasimodo
Walt Disney version based on popular novel by Victor Hugo in which a hunchback provides sanctuary to a sensuous gypsy . Amusing and lively retelling of the Victor Hugo novel that packs an excellent animation and spectacular scenes , depicting the known story about a deformed bell ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend , a bombshell gypsy dancing girl . It is set in fifteenth century Paris, 1482 , Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo . Quasimodo's mother dies after being pushed to the ground and hitting her head , he then is taken by Frollo . Today is the festival of the fools, taking place like each year in the square outside Cathedral Notre Dame . Among jugglers and other entertainers is Esmeralda (voice by Dudley Moore) and her goat , co-female star of the film . From the cathedral , Frollo (Tony Jay , filmmakers cast this actor because they loved his voice when they worked with him on Beauty and the Beast) , an evil judge , gazes at her lustfully . Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne (the gargoyles are named "Victor" and "Hugo", after Victor Hugo , the third gargoyle, Laverne, is named after Laverne Andrews, one of The Andrews Sisters) decides to take part in the festivities . The freakish hunchback named Quasimodo , falls in love with the young gypsy queen, Esmeralda, who in turn is in love with Phoebus (voice by Kevin Kline) , a gentleman captain . After that , Quasimodo is crowned 'King of Fools', and wears a royal crown . The hot-blooded young gypsy is accused by officials of being witch and the deformed Parisian bellringer provides her sanctuary . Unknown to him, his love is dangerous, because Frollo has lustful obsession for Esmeralda and is willing to kill the handsome soldier to possess her. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's brutality and his attempts to eliminate the Court of Miracles . But the hunchback will tolerate no harm coming to her , not even if it comes from his own master .
This Walt Disney retelling of Victor Hugo's ever popular novel with classical characters such as an appropriately gorgeous gypsy who performs a bewitching dance in front of delighted spectators and a deformed bell ringer . Best cartoon updating in which is combined hand-drawn animation with 3D scenes ; it is infused with songs , sweep , a love story , drama , multi-plane effects and an attempt at capturing a degree of spirited Hugoesque detail . However , this movie is considered to be one of the darkest Disney animated features along with The Black Cauldron and the Brave Little Toaster . Good drawings from Quasimodo character , the Hunchback in Hugo's eponymous novel , reflecting perfectly his contortions and expressive gestures . In addition , overwhelming camera work that pans through the Parisian buildings , Notre Dame and the Palace of Justice . There are several computer generator frames and digital images , such as all the bells appearing throughout the movie are 3D-rendered , also when Quasimodo was sliding down the flying buttress and when he was rappelling down from Notre Dame to save Esmeralda , the background flames are one good example of CGI , during the "Topsy Turvy" sequence, the confetti and the crowd of hundred people during the "Hellfire" sequence ; at the flames scenes that big and appearing too fast were hard to animate traditionally , so probably the animators used computer generated images for this . This properly melodramatic and fun flick packs a colorful cinematography , impressive images and is full of computer animation and CGI backgrounds . Blue and red colour were used to symbolize good and evil, respectively , Quasimodo's and Esmerelda's disguising cloaks are blue while the firelight Frollo is near as he plots evilly to himself reflects off his face as red . The sweeping musical score was provided by the great Alan Menken , furthermore a lot of Latin chants heard throughout the movie are adapted from actual Gregorian chants, including the Dies Irae , a portion can be heard in the scene where Frollo kills Quasimodo's mother. This 34th full length animated film from Walt Disney was stunningly directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale , being followed by another and inferior Disney sequel .
This is an animated remake of several earlier films , including the followings : 1923 silent vintage take on by Wallace Wolsey with Lon Chaney Sr ; classic version by William Dieterle (1939) with Maureen O'Hara , Charles Laughton , Edmond O'Brien and Cedric Hardwicke ; 1956 update by Jean Delannoy with Anthony Quinn , Gina Lollobrigida and Alain Cuny . And subsequently realized for TV as 1982 rendition with Anthony Hopkins , Derek Jacobi and Lesley-Anne Down and 1998 by Peter Medak with Salma Hayek and Mandy Patinkin .
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