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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic novel, Disney brings the heroic adventures of Quasimodo, the gentle and lonely bell ringer of Notre Dame, to spectacular life. This critically acclaimed Disney masterpiece is an "uplifting, thrilling story with a heart-touching message that emerges from the comedy and song" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). At the urging of his hilarious gargoyle pals Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, Quasimodo leaves the solitary safety of his tower, venturing out to find his first true friend, the gypsy beauty Esmerelda. The most unlikely of heroes, Quasi fights to save the people and the city he loves and, in turn, helps us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear. The star-studded voice cast includes Jason Alexander, Tom Hulce, Kevin Kline, and Demi Moore in a magnificent Disney musical from renowned composer Alan Menken.
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I'm a fan of (the musical) Les Miserables (original story also by Victor Hugo), and the Hunchback was the Les Mis of Disney! I immediately ordered the movie to watch again at home!
Look, this isn't a kid's movie. Themes of lust, sin, religion, unrequited love and persecution are all over this movie, told through the eyes of physically deformed, (essentially) imprisoned man who copes by making believe some stone gargoyles are alive and are his friends. The villain in this film is truly, frighteningly evil and I think the movie would be a bit too scary for younger kids. But for everyone else, a must see!
I know not everyone loves this movie, and I'm not going to recount the plot here (bc others have already done that), so I'll say this: If you're a fan of the musical film version or broadway version of Les Mis, you're going to love this movie.
In this movie, the music is well-done. It has one of the best soundtracks for any Disney movie. Each song matches the animation and the tone that the movie is trying to convey. Here is a list of the main songs:
-The Bells of Notre Dame, the opening of the movie, which brings a feeling of something gigantic about to happen. The mood and tone of this song makes everything much bigger, and grander, and much more important.
-Topsy Turvy Day is a comedy song that brings a lot of joy to kids and adults alike.
-Out There is the heartfelt song of the movie, sung by Quasimodo, about how he wants to be free and be accepted.
-Hellfire is the villian song that everyone remembers about the movie. The animation in that song sequence is fantastic. The messages in this song include sin, lust, torture, guilt, conflict, and above all sanity. This song is sung by Judge Frollo as he sings about how he slipping into insanity brought on his desires.
-Heaven's Light is another soft melody about Quasimodo's unrequited love for Esmeralda.
-A Guy Like You is another comedy song that is sung by gargoyles.
This movie is by far one of the darkest movies Disney has ever done and probably took the most risks, but overall it payed off because it applied to the general audience. Kids could see the good and loving relationships and then they can see the bad in just mindless, vengeful lust. There is also a lot of sophisticated humor and character telling that only adults can catch on, but it still keeps the children entertained.
I recommend it to those who either love Disney, love dark story-telling, or love the book, they should love it. Just put it on on TV and check it out for yourself.
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