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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Poster

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Anachronisms 

In the movie, Notre Dame is seen with a wide square in front of it. However, during the time the movie is set (15th-16th century) this square did not exist. It was occupied by the Hotel Dieu, a medieval hospital which was not demolished until the 19th century.
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All the exterior sculptures on the cathedral are shown as plain, natural-colored stone. At the time the story is set, they were polychromatic - painted in colors.
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After Quasimodo is named the King of Fools, among the food thrown at him are tomatoes. Tomatoes are native to Central America, which had yet to be discovered by Europeans at the time the film takes place.
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When Quasimodo is seen singing "Out There" on the cathedral's roof we can see a set of copper green statues - the 12 apostles - around the central needle. These statues were not added until the 19th century during a general restoration directed by Viollet-le-Duc, a French architect who had read Victor Hugo's novel and was concerned about the possibility of Notre Dame being demolished, as some authorities of the time had considered. Consequently, it would have been impossible to see those statues at the time the movie is set.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Just as Frollo starts scolding Quasimodo for helping Esmeralda escape Notre Dame, he knocks Quasi to the floor. In the next shot, Quasi is seen mouthing something like, "But I...", but no sound is heard.
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Character error 

During the final battle scene, Frollo grabs a sword from another soldier and holds it in his left hand. When he enters the Cathedral later the sword is in his right hand. The sword's position continues to switch back and forth between his left and right hand until he drops it right before his death. It is possible that this is not a mistake and simply the animators way of showing that Frollo is ambidextrous. But the inconsistency is still very distracting.
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Continuity 

The gargoyles used for drainage are supposed to be hollow, but when Frollo breaks them they are solid.
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During the final siege battle, Frollo takes a sword from a soldier, later putting it into his robe on his way up the stairs, when he draws the sword on the roof he draws it from a scabbard never acquired.
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When Phoebus is shot the arrow strikes him in the back. Later the wound is seen to be in the front, with no wound visible in the back.
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The lead that Quasimodo pours soon disappears.
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When Esmeralda sings "God Help the Outcasts" while passing people in Notre Dame, the gold coins from her sash are missing.
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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.
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After Esmeralda and Phoebus meet, Djali the goat smacks him in the stomach. Esmeralda explains that he doesn't like soldiers. However, throughout the rest of the movie, as well as the sequel, it seems like Djali is female, once Hugo starts taking a shine to Djali.
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Quasimodo swings down from the top of the bell tower to the ground on a rope that was previously only about 15 feet long.
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Before Quasimodo turns to talk to the baby pigeon, the nest is empty. In the very next shot, the pigeon is clearly visible in the nest, even before it wakes up.
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When Esmeralda and Quasimodo are about to jump off the top of Notre Dame, Esmeralda ties a kerchief around Djali's eyes and it wraps around the top of his head. In the next shot, however, the kerchief is wrapped vertically, from top to bottom, and it looks much larger.
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When Quasimodo is desperate to hide Phoebus beneath his table he knocks over the small sculpture of Frollo. In the next shot it is Esmeralda's sculpture that has been knocked over.
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During the song "Bells of Notre Dame," the Archdeacon's eyebrows change from gray to black.
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While Frollo is singing "Hellfire", he pulls out Esmeralda's sash. At various points throughout the song, the sash disappears and reappears in his hands.
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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.
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After Esmeralda unveils the new carvings, she picks up the baker and marvels at it. When she goes to set it down, she sets down the blacksmith. Then when she turns to Quasimodo the sculpture disappears.
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At the end of the song "God Help the Outcasts", Esmeralda is singing the last note and there's no one nearby. In the next shot, her goat Djali is next to her.
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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.
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When Phoebus is hit with the arrow he is in full armor when he falls into the river. After Esmerelda jumps in to save him and pulls him to the surface, his armor is gone and he is in simple clothes.
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When the ferryman demands passage to the gypsies during the attempted escape from Paris in "The Bells of Notre Dame", an arrow pierces his staff. A second later, when the soldiers surround them, the arrow is gone.
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Just before the crowd throws ropes around Quasimodo at the festival, a man yells out, "Where you going, hunchback?" despite Quasimodo not moving to leave until after the man yells out.
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The grapes on Quasimodo's plate change from scene to scene.
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During the "Out There" number, when Quasimodo sings "If I was in their skin", he is standing over a wall completely in shadow. When he slides down the flying buttress in the very next shot, the wall is brightly lit.
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When Frollo gets angry with Quasimodo for helping Esmeralda escape Notre Dame he slams the sculpture of her down on the table close to and on the left side of a candle. In the next shot the sculpture is on the right side and is farther away from the candle.
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In all the scenes with Quasimodo's model village of Paris, we see additional carvings on the model of Notre Dame, especially on the towers. In some scenes, the additional carvings are visible, and in some, they're not.
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After Quasimodo slaps Phoebus on his right shoulder (when they call a truce to help Esmeralda and her people), Phoebus is shown rubbing his left side, not his right.
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In a scene where Phoebus is in the cathedral with Esmeralda, when he says "Not as long as you're here, I can't.", his cape is gone. Then in a shot where he says thank you, the cape appears.
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When Quasimodo is pulled on stage, Frollo only recognizes him after a person in the crowd identifies him as "the bell-ringer of Notre Dame", even though he should have been able to recognize him immediately as his adoptive son.
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When Quasimodo jumps from the bell tower by a rope to rescue Esmeralda from the burning fire, there is an overhead shot where several men including Frollo are stood on the platform surrounding the fire however seconds later as he swings out above the crowd only Frollo is stood on the platform.
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The bugs crawling on the block that Frollo holds while talking to Phoebus about the Court of Miracles.
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Factual errors 

The Festival of Fools takes place at Twelfth Night, on January 6 - the song "Topsy Turvy" mentions "the sixth of 'Januervy'". But in a later scene, Frollo brings Quasimodo fresh grapes. Grapes are not ripe in January in France.
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When Quasimodo slides down the roof on the "shingle" there are sparks shooting out behind. Only ferrous materials, like iron, will spark. The roof of Notre Dame is made of lead, a metal that will not spark.
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Miscellaneous 

At the time of the movie, the use of digital technology to create large crowds of people was fairly new. Thus in many places if you watch the crowds instead of the main characters, you can clearly see how the crowd members all have simple, almost undefined faces and move in very computerized ways. This is especially easy to see at the end of the movie when the little girl pulls Quasimodo into the crowd - watch the crowd that parts for them. Other good examples are just after that when the crowd carries Quasimodo across the square (watch individual crowd members), at the Festival of Fools, and in the shot during the final battle where the gypsies and villagers, moving en masse towards the cathedral, are seen from above.
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