, In June 1996, the Southern Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly to urge its sixteen million members to boycott Disney films, theme parks, and merchandise to protest behavior it believes "disparages Christian values. The only thing we've been asked to be careful about is the word hunchback, which we have to use in the title.".  However, the sequel was delayed from its planned fall release in order to accommodate the recording of "I'm Gonna Love You" by Jennifer Love Hewitt. After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies. This page was last edited on 1 December 2020, at 00:04. Stainton then proposed the idea to then-studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg. Try this: a singing 'Hunchback of Notre Dame,' a chunky 'Nutty Professor,' a Cruise-ing 'Mission: Impossible' and a pumped-up "Independence Day.' , The Hunchback of Notre Dame grossed $21.3 million in its opening weekend, placing it in second place at the box office behind Eraser. Phoebus refuses to arrest her for alleged witchcraft inside Notre Dame and instead tells Frollo that she has claimed asylum inside the church; the archdeacon orders Frollo and his men out. In the 1996 film, … When the movie was over 90 min. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Wallace Worsley. , According to the film's production notes, Quasimodo is "symbolically viewed as being an angel in a devil's body." Frollo prepares to burn Esmeralda at the stake after rejecting his advances, but Quasimodo rescues her and brings her to the cathedral. and "Quasimodo is really the underdog who becomes the hero; I don't think there's anything better for anybody's psychological feelings than to become the hero of a movie. When Frollo discovers that she escaped, he instigates a citywide search for her, which involves bribing and arresting gypsies and setting fire to countless houses in his way. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame. The Hunchback of Notre Dame can teach us all a thing or two about what it means to be good and just. Josh Gad, David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are set to produce, with Gad being possibly considered to play Quasimodo. Medievalism and Modernity in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame This article talks about the history behind the novel, the medieval city of Paris, and the things Hugo decided to up and change about both in his novel. Early adaptation of the novel by Victor Hugo starring Lon Chaney. One literary device included in the song is the use of contrast and irony; the rich citizens pray for wealth, fame and "for glory to shine on their names" while the destitute Esmeralda prays for the poor and downtrodden.. The version of the alphabet Quasimodo recites in a daily ritual reflects Frollo's view of the world – full of abominations and blasphemy. You can unsubscribe at … For that reason, the CGI department, headed by Kiran Joshi, created the software Crowd to achieve large-scale crowd scenes, particularly for the Feast of Fools sequence and the film's climax. During the song "God Help the Outcasts," Esmeralda brings up the point that Jesus – the person in whose name religious people such as Frollo persecute and subjugate "children of God" – was in fact an outcast too. 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Frollo refuses to help Quasimodo, but Esmeralda, a kind gypsy, intervenes by freeing the hunchback, and uses a magic trick to evade arrest. The 34th Disney animated feature film and the seventh produced during the Disney Renaissance, the film is based on the 1831 novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. As we end on a beautiful shot of the bells ringing, and the word "Dame" is sung with the cymbal crash, the title "THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME" appears on screen. Layout, cleanup, and special-effects artists provided additional support. In fact, the words "God", "Lord", and "Hell" are uttered more times in this film than in any other. With Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell. Bergman also voices Quasimodo's Mother, the unnamed mother of Quasimodo who is accidentally killed by Frollo. Set in Paris during the 15th century, the novel centers on Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer of Notre-Dame Cathedral, and his unrequited love. , Having worked on Pocahontas for a year, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz were offered multiple film projects to work on when they more or less chose to work on Hunchback being attracted to underlying themes of social outcast and Quasimodo's struggle to break free of the psychological dominance of Frollo, according to Schwartz.. Was this review helpful to you? Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, the film's voice cast features Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline, Paul Kandel, Jason Alexander, Charles Kimbrough, David Ogden Stiers, and Mary Wickes in her final film role. A young gypsy woman tries to flee with her baby son and into the cathedral of Notre Dame, but is chased by Frollo and killed. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame. The software was used to create six types of characters – males and females either average in weight, fat, or thin – which were programmed and assigned 72 specific movements ranging from jumping and clapping. Arnaud Later, a leading scholar on Hugo, accused Disney of simplifying, editing and censoring the novel in numerous aspects, including the personalities of the characters. After watching his portrayal as Uncle Ernie in the musical The Who's Tommy, Broadway actor Paul Kandel was selected to voice Clopin. 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. Esmeralda follows Quasimodo inside, only to be followed by Captain Phoebus of Frollo's guard. In 15th-century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released on June 21, 1996, to generally positive reviews and a commercial success, grossing over $325 million worldwide and becoming the fifth highest-grossing release of 1996. As some others have written on here, it's pretty obvious this movie isn't for kiddies from its subject matter.But anyone over 13 who's willing to think as well as be entertained when watching a Disney movie would probably love Hunchback. Esmeralda finds and befriends Quasimodo, who helps her escape Notre Dame out of gratitude for defending him. The two encourage him to leave the cathedral into the outside world, where the citizens hail him as a hero and accept him into society.  It was originally planned for a DVD release in December 2000 as part of the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection, but instead, it was re-issued on March 19, 2002, as a special edition along with its direct-to-video sequel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II. Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame Will Have Its U.S. The Hunchback of Notre Dame's thematic concerns include infanticide, lust, damnation, and sin, as well as the belief in a loving, forgiving God. Burton also voices a miller whose home is burned by Frollo. You can find out more about this movie on its IMDB page. Frollo soon develops lustful feelings for Esmeralda and, upon realizing them, begs the Virgin Mary to save him from her "spell" to avoid eternal damnation. Luis Miguel recorded the version for the Latin American Spanish version, which became a major hit. 922. A cast recording was also recorded in German. Kathy Li. As part of the promotion of the film, Walt Disney Records shipped two million products, including sing-along home videos, soundtrack CD's, and the "My First Read Along" novelized version of the film, aimed at a toddler demographic.  Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly graded the film an A in his review and labeled it: "the best of Disney's 'serious' animated features in the multiplex era, (...) an emotionally rounded fairy tale that balances darkness and sentimentality, pathos and triumph, with uncanny grace". The idea to adapt The Hunchback of Notre Dame came from development executive David Stainton in 1993, who was inspired to turn Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame into an animated feature film after reading the Classics Illustrated comic book adaptation. The consensus reads, "Disney's take on the Victor Hugo classic is dramatically uneven, but its strong visuals, dark themes, and message of tolerance make for a more-sophisticated-than-average children's film.  Lyricist Stephen Schwartz also worked closely with the writing team even suggesting that the audience should be left wondering what the outcome of what Phoebus would do before he extinguishes the torch in water in retaliation against Frollo. However, Disney's legal department objected to the proposed names of the gargoyles, fearing that the estates of Lon Chaney, Charles Laughton, or Anthony Quinn (who was still alive at the time) would file a lawsuit over using their names so the names were dropped. Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, the film's voice cast features Quasimodo and the gargoyles pour molten lead onto the streets to ensure no one enters, but Frollo successfully manages to get inside. Re-watching Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" helped me realize why. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, also known as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame ("The Bellringer of Notre Dame") is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by James Lapine.  French critics and audiences found resonance in the film which recounted a real-life incident from August 1995 when French police raided a Parisian church and seized over 200 illegal immigrants seeking refuge from deportation under France's strict expulsion laws. Trousdale and Wise were not certain what musical number could be placed for the third act, though Menken and Schwartz conceived two love songs, "In a Place of Miracles" and "As Long as There's a Moon", between Esmeralda and Phoebus in the film. "During that time," explained Trousdale, "while we working on it, we got a call from Jeffrey. From 1997 to 2002 Disney-MGM Studios hosted a live-action stage show based on the film and Disneyland built a new theater-in-the-round and re-themed Big Thunder Ranch as Esmeralda's Cottage, Festival of Foods outdoor restaurant in Fantasyland and Festival of Fools extravaganza, which is now multipurpose space accommodating private events and corporate picnics. The creative team and the studio executives did butt heads on various issues, especially those relating to the religious content in the story, "for their failure to defend the poor and the powerless" and concerns that the story was "too controversial". Their portrayal as comedic friends and confidantes of Quasimodo was inspired by a portion of the novel, which reads "The other statues, the ones of monsters and demons, felt no hatred for Quasimodo…The saints were his friends and blessed him the monsters were his friends, and protected him. It was the first new Disney world confirmed for the game.  Trousdale and Wise then suggested naming the characters Lon, Charles, and Anthony – which would have resulted in the same legal concern – before naming the first two gargoyles after Victor Hugo, and the third gargoyle after Andrews Sisters singer Laverne Andrews. Notre-Dame de Paris = Our Lady of Paris = The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a French Romantic/Gothic novel by Victor Hugo, published in 1831. Following Stephen Schwartz's suggestion to musicalize the sequence, French animators Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi storyboarded the sequence to Menken and Schwartz's music resulting in "The Bells of Notre Dame". Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. In the early drafts, Quasimodo served as a Cyrano between Phoebus and Esmeralda, but it was discarded to focus more on Quasimodo. ; Disney takes a risque with sexy scenes", "Baptist Group Rebukes Disney, Urges Boycott", "Courting Controversy? , Alongside Pocahontas (1995), storyboard work on The Hunchback of the Notre Dame was among the first to be produced for an animated film on the new Disney Feature Animation building adjacent to the main Disney lot in Burbank, which was dedicated in 1995. ", Production on The Hunchback of Notre Dame went underway in the summer of 1993.  Variety also gave the film a positive review, stating that "there is much to admire in Hunchback, not least the risk of doing such a downer of a story at all" and also saying: "the new film should further secure Disney's dominance in animation, and connoisseurs of the genre, old and young, will have plenty to savor". , "We knew it would be a challenge to stay true to the material while still giving it the requisite amount of fantasy and fun most people would expect from a Disney animated feature. While fleeing, Phoebus is struck by an arrow and falls into the River Seine, but Esmeralda rescues him and takes him to Notre Dame for refuge. It challenges us to look on our own lives and decide what makes us good, or what makes us evil.  The film was widely released two days later. , The film also criticizes materialism. Here is a scene from one of the greatest films of the 1930s. The plot centers on Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his struggle to gain acceptance into society. Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization. For example, Disney Comic Hits #11, published by Marvel Comics, features two stories based upon the film. " The cause of the protests – unrelated to the film – stemmed from the company's domestic partnership policy and gay and lesbian theme days at Walt Disney World. The Gospel According to Disney explains that "it is the church...that interposes, or attempts to interpose itself between the villain and his evil intentions." This revised ending was based in part on Victor Hugo's own libretto to a Hunchback opera, in which he had permitted Captain Phoebus to save Esmeralda from her execution. ", "Tom Hulce gives voice to singing Quasimodo in 'Hunchback, "Tony Jay, 73; Veteran Voice Actor in Film and Video Games", "ARCHITECTURE VIEW; Playful, Even Goofy, but What Else? Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan. When Esmeralda sings "God Help The Outcasts," she "walks in the opposite direction of more prosperous worshipers who are praying for material and earthly rewards." , Writer Tab Murphy was brought on board to write the screenplay, and it was decided early on that Quasimodo would be the center of the story, as he was in preceding live-action film adaptations. But of course the most sensational use of Notre Dame is in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame in 1939, based on the Victor Hugo novel (there were … Upon finding that his sponsor, a cruel man named Claude Frollo, hadn't been training him as promised, the young woman takes the Hunchback under her wing to train him herself. ", Following protests in the United States, thousands of British parents banned their kids from seeing The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. This questions the power religious people actually have in making the world a moral and happy place. , The film ultimately grossed just over $100.1 million domestically. A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive. I think, for example, the issue of disabilities is treated with great respect."  Jason Alexander, who voiced the gargoyle Hugo in the film, noted that while "Disney would have us believe this movie's like the Ringling Bros., for children of all ages", he would not take his then-four-year-old child to view the film. A group of Romani sneak illegally into Paris but are ambushed by Judge Claude Frollo, Paris' Minister of Justice, and his soldiers. LIKE many of Disney’s much-loved fairytales, the novel behind The Hunchback Of Notre Dame had a gruesome original ending. The Hunchback of Notre Dame Trailer Cast & Crew. Written by Songs include "The Bells of Notre Dame" for Clopin, Frollo and the Archdeacon, "Out There" for Quasimodo and Frollo, "Topsy Turvy" for Clopin, "God Help the Outcasts" for Esmeralda, "Heaven's Light" for Quasimodo, "Hellfire" for the Archdeacon and Frollo, "A Guy Like You" for the gargoyles and "The Court of Miracles" for Clopin and the gypsies.  The concept obstinately refused to pull together, but while they were working on the project they were summoned to meet with Katzenberg. The plot focuses once again on Quasimodo as he continues to ring the bells now with the help of Zephyr, Esmeralda and Phoebus's son. (1996). The script will be penned by David Henry Hwang with Menken and Schwartz returning to write the music. A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer. A world based on the movie, "La Cité des Cloches" (The City of Bells), made its debut appearance in the Kingdom Hearts series in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. , Criticism additionally generated among viewers over whether the film is too scary or violent for young children, and whether the storyline, which involves issues of sexual obsession and religion, might be too adult.  After several recording sessions and test screenings, Lauper and McMurray were called by the directors who regretfully released them from their roles. WILL IT PLAY TO DISNEY'S YOUNG FANS? Many of the songs were adapted from genuine Latin prayers and chants, such as "Hellfire," which uses the Tridentine form of the Confiteor as a counterpoint melody. Laverne was then revisioned into a wiser, mature character with Mary Wickes cast in the role. later, we both ran frantically to go buy the CD and read the book (which, actually, was rather different than the movie, but hey. That scene where Quasimodo holds Esmerelda up in front of the rose window and yells, "Sanctuary!" BELLS OF NOTRE DAME!  Disney officials would not comment on the motivation for the religious content displayed in the film beyond comments on the subject included in the film's press kit with Disney vice president John Dreyer commenting, "The film speaks for itself.  By 1997, Disney earned approximately $500 million in profit with the spin-off products based from the film.. Out of that decision grew the idea of some sort of a triangle between Quasimodo, Esmeralda and Phoebus. Twenty years later, back in 1482, Quasimodo develops into a kind yet isolated young man, though still deformed and now with a pronounced hunchback, who has lived inside the cathedral his entire life. Because "killing the woman on the steps has put Frollo's soul in mortal danger," he has to take the child and look after him as penance. Subsequently, the filmmakers modeled his portrayal on the personalities of Errol Flynn and John Wayne, and "One of the names on the top of the list all the time was Kevin Kline. In 1994, the film was scheduled for a Christmas 1995 release, though the film was reportedly delayed following the departure of Jeffrey Katzenberg from the Walt Disney Company. Using the map Esmeralda gave him, Quasimodo and Phoebus find the court to warn the gypsies, only for Frollo to follow them and capture all the gypsies present. still gives me chills.This is not a movie for children in any way, shape or form. A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.  In reaction to the controversy, Walt Disney Feature Animation president Peter Schneider said, "The only controversy I've heard about the movie is certain people's opinion that, 'Well, it's OK for me, but it might disturb somebody else." The musical is based on the 1996 Disney film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was inspired by the 1831 Victor Hugo novel of the same name. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a story about a misshapen man and a young female Gypsy. , During early development, Trousdale and Wise realized they needed crowds of people, but for this time, they wanted them to move as opposed to being traditionally drawn as painted backdrops. ", Title: When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother. Whether you become a monster or a man, the choice is yours.  The film premiered on June 19, 1996, at the New Orleans Superdome, where it was played on six enormous screens. Three songs written for the film were discarded for the storyboarding process. An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth century Virginia. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. X Join the mailing list. At one point, the archdeacon says to Esmeralda, "You can't right all the wrongs of this world by yourself... perhaps there is someone in here who can," referring to God. The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: The film was adapted into a darker, more Gothic musical production, re-written and directed by James Lapine and produced by Walt Disney Theatrical, in Berlin, Germany. Schneider also stated in his defense that the film was test-screened "all over the country, and I've heard nobody, parents or children, complain about any of the issues. 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. Disney's Newest Animated Feature, 'Hunchback Of Notre Dame,' Takes On Sensitive Adult Issues", Into the California Sunlight! Afterward, Quasimodo comes to accept that Phoebus and Esmeralda are in love, and he gives them his blessing. The plot centers on Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his struggle to gain acceptance into society. In 1996, to tie in with the original theatrical release, The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy Games was released by Disney Interactive for the PC and the Nintendo Game Boy, which is a collection of mini games based around the Festival of Fools that includes a variation of Balloon Fight.  Meanwhile, while Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida was prepping their first in-house production then titled The Legend of Mulan, at least seven animators penned about four minutes of screentime, mostly involving Frollo and Quasimodo. " Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert rewarded the film 4 stars, calling it "the best Disney animated feature since Beauty and the Beast – a whirling, uplifting, thrilling story with a heart touching message that emerges from the comedy and song". The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. The premiere was preceded by a parade through the French Quarter, beginning at Jackson Square and utilizing floats and cast members from Walt Disney World. Addeddate 2008-05-21 00:12:26 Color Topsy Turvy - Clip - The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1:02.  Digital technology also provided a visual sweep that freed Quasimodo to scamper around the cathedral and soar around the plaza to rescue Esmeralda. At one point I was ready to call in and say 'Things just aren't happening.'". The 34th Disney animated feature film and the seventh produced during the Disney Renaissance, the film is based on the 1831 novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. 145 of 161 people found this review helpful. An English-language revival of the musical premiered in San Diego on October 28, 2014.. '" According to Wise, they believed that it had "a great deal of potential... great memorable characters, a really terrific setting, the potential for fantastic visuals, and a lot of emotion. The Gospel According to Disney explains that "while Frollo's stated goal is to purge the world of vice and sin, according to the opening song, he 'saw corruption everywhere except within.'" 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