The Hunchback of Notre Dame Review
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
21 June 1996
Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
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Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
The song “Hellfire” is considered one of the darkest songs written for a Disney film. It was nearly cut from the film.
Alternate ending of the film
The filmmakers considered having Quasimodo killed off, as he has in the original novel. He was originally supposed to be stabbed by Frollo, then Esmeralda regains consciousness and tries to save him by killing Frollo. Phoebus was then supposed to meet up with them, and Quasimodo’s last wish was to ring the bells one last time, but then Esmeralda and Phoebus help him ring the bells as he dies. Luckily; this is not the ending that was used, because even hardcore fans of the novel agree that the ending they used instead was a more suitable ending for the theme of this film
Refrences to the war
Several times during the film there are references to a war. The conflict in question was the Hundred Years’ War between England and France, that engulfed all Europe from 1337 to 1453 and also involved Portugal, Scotland, Genoa, Navarra, Aragon, Bohemia, Brittany, Castille, Aquitaine, and Burgundy. Ultimately, it was won by France and the reigning House of Valois
The multiplane effect was used in several scenes. When Quasimodo sings “Out There”, the camera pans over Paris and seems to look three-dimensional. Additionally, the camera pans through the Parisian buildings and we see the Palace of Justice.
Original Artwork and introduction by the producer
After the film’s initial release a limited edition printing of Victor Hugo‘s novel was also released. It contained original artwork and an introduction by producer Don Hahn.
Studio trademark: Habitually barefoot character(s): Esmeralda is barefoot for the entire movie
To stay consistent to the architecture and details of Notre Dame, animators spent several weeks in and around the actual cathedral. They were given office space at the recently-opened Disneyland Paris in the interim.
Naming of Gargoyles
Two of the gargoyles are named Victor and Hugo after Victor Hugo, the author of the novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The third, Laverne, is named after Laverne Andrews, one of The Andrews Sisters
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RT/Meta Critic Review
One of the absolute best of Disney’s animated legacy. It approaches the ideas of accepting others for who they are and not allowing antiquated notions of propriety destroy lives. (Click here to see)