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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

The classic tale of a loveable, outcast hunchback and the gypsy girl he adores is transformed into a musical, warmhearted animated classic in this delightfully updated version of a stirring... See full summary »

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Victor Hugo (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Ail Tony Ail ... (voice)
Nathan Aswell Nathan Aswell ... (voice)
Bailee Reid ... (voice) (as Cheralynn Bailey)
Kathleen Barr Kathleen Barr ... (voice)
Garry Chalk ... (voice) (as Gary Chalk)
Lillian Carlson ... (voice) (as Lilliam Carlson)
Ian James Corlett ... (voice) (as Ian Corlett)
Michael Donovan Michael Donovan ... (voice)
Kent Gallie Kent Gallie ... (voice)
Philip Maurice Hayes ... (voice) (as Phil Hayes)
Roger Kelly Roger Kelly ... (voice)
Ellen Kennedy ... (voice)
Terry Klassen ... (voice)
Joanne Lee Joanne Lee ... (voice)
Andrea Libman ... (voice) (as Andrean Libman)
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The classic tale of a loveable, outcast hunchback and the gypsy girl he adores is transformed into a musical, warmhearted animated classic in this delightfully updated version of a stirring masterpiece. Produced by Golden Film. Directed by Diane Eskenazi. Written by Anonymous

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USA | Japan

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English

Release Date:

30 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Glöckner von Notre Dame See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

During the scene where Esmeralda marries Pierre, her bronze hand turns the color of his skin for a few frames while he is holding her wrists. See more »

Alternate Versions

All Golden Films and Jetlag Productions films released by GoodTimes Entertainment on DVD in 2002 and 2003 were edited with a new animated opening logo of "Children's Classics." The animated montage only featured characters from Jetlag Productions' films. See more »


Soundtracks

Love Is Everything
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Produced by Andrew Dimitroff
Composed by Nick Carr, Ray Crossley and Andrew Dimitroff
Lyrics by Joellyn Cooperman
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Has its good and bad points
13 July 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I have always liked the Jetlag animations, they have their foibles but also have a certain charm to them. Their Hunchback of Notre Dame is not one of their best though, alongside Alice in Wonderland and Jungle Book it is one of my least favourites(though neither of those are bad, I need to re-watch Christmas Carol) and not on par with the likes of Heidi, Magic Gift of the Snowman and Little Red Riding Hood. Where it is let down is in the animation, script and storytelling. I have seen far worse cases many times before in animation or otherwise, but I did find the animation rather flat in colour and repetitive at times while the scripting while having many moments of heart was corny and somewhat over-simplified(though not as badly as Alice in Wonderland) and the storytelling while more faithful in spirit than Disney's(which I did find superior to be honest) is uneven in tone with moments where it is confusingly told and the happy ending while understandable is tacky in comparison(of course there are other adaptations that don't have Hugo's grim resolution but even then they were more poignant to me). However, there are redeeming qualities. The voice acting is decent, and the characters are endearing at least. Quasimodo does make you feel for him, Frollo while not as complex is not clichéd, Phoebus is arrogant without being too irritating and Esmeralda is appropriately sensual. But it was the music that really sold it. The score is both whimsical and intense, and the three songs are just lovely. I found the most effective to be Queen of Your Heart, which really does well in conveying Esmeralda's inner beauty and kindness as well as how much she is admired. Pity Not Quasimodo also is a pleasant listen, I would have liked it to have been longer but I liked the message, likewise with Love is Everything, though its basic message of love may remind people of other Jetlag songs. All in all, this Hunchback of Notre Dame has its good and bad points but I do partially recommend it. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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