The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

DVD - 1996
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Story of the deformed bellringer Quasimodo who rescues a gypsy girl from the evil intentions of his guardian who wants to kill her.
Story of the deformed bellringer Quasimodo who rescues a gypsy girl from the evil intentions of his guardian who wants to kill her.
Quasimodo ventures from his tower to the joyous festival of fools, but the crowd turns cruel and rejects him because of the way he looks. The gypsy Esmeralda rescues him and he finds himself battling to save the people and the city he loves--while reminding us to see people as they are rather than how they appear.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Walt Disney Home Entertainment, [1996]
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780788830129
Branch Call Number: J HUN 2019-05
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1


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Sep 08, 2020

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a unique story, but definitely not my favourite. I found the music and script to be disheartening, as opposed to uplifting, such as the song where Quasimodo is expressing how he is made to feel, and believe, that he is ugly and deformed. I think that the overall movie had a very good message, but it definitely isn’t as light-hearted as many other Disney films. I didn’t particularly enjoy this movie, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this movie to other viewers; however, I do believe that the overall message of not judging others based off of their appearances is very important for all audiences. @PenelopeScriptor of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

aforrest_0 Aug 31, 2020

A great Nineties Disney classic. A powerful retelling of the classic Victor Hugo novel, with great messages and music: the most important of the former being that it is not how you look on the outside but how you are on the inside that counts the most . Esmeralda is most definitely one of the best Disney heroines put out there and Frollo for sure one of the scarier villains. I love "Quasi" too for sure as the sympathetic hero! I had already loved the great soundtrack for sure before I finally saw the movie for the first time. My favorite songs are "Someday" and the song I can identify with the most (because I have felt that way from time to time and known one or two myself): "God Help the Outcasts." The latter one still gets me tearing up whenever I hear it!
The more dramatic parts of the story might be a little intense for the youngest viewers, but the messages of the story are still valuable, as I mentioned. Because it is done the Disney way, you can still expect a happy ending, but I'm not giving away any spoilers! Beautiful and powerful, overall!

Aug 29, 2020

One of my favorites of the newer Disney movies. Loved Demi Moore and the rest of the cast and the music and animation are wonderful!

adport1 Aug 18, 2020

The music in this movie is fantastic. I'm really glad I gave this movie the chance that it deserves.

Aug 15, 2020

Fantastic! It’s not only entertaining but also meaningful.

Jan 28, 2020

This movie doesn't get the love it deserves. Sure, it's got a few tonal issues, but if you just look past them, this movie is amazing. Quasimodo is so sweet and pure, I love his character so much. Esmeralda is strong, stubborn, and beautiful, I love her, and her interactions with Quasi are heartwarming. Phoebus is hilarious and respectful. But oh boy, Frollo, he's... He's one of the best Disney villains, he's actually a complex villain, he isn't just evil for the sake of being evil, he's got mislead prejudices and so much more. AND THE MUSIC. The best music in a Disney movie Period. Hellfire, Best Villian song period. God help the outcasts is painfully beautiful, heavens light is (Sorry to repeat, but) Beautiful, and The bells of Notre Dame is a jam. The disembodied voices singing in their epic booming chorus voice is just so amazing to hear along with the amazing visuals.
Beauty and the Beast used to be my favourite Disney movie, but then I rewatched Hunchback, and this movie is now my favourite movie. It's darker and isn't afraid to tackle heavier subjects like Religious prejudice, Lust, and racial bias. I love this movie so much and really wish more people would see for the thing it is, a masterpiece. Maybe not perfect (That stupid gargoyle) but very close.

A fantastic opening sequence that rivals The Lion King. Much darker than you typically expect from Disney, but the art style is amazing and it feels like one of the most realistic and grounded movies.

Gina_Vee Dec 11, 2017

I get a completely different perspective on this movie watching it as an adult.

Oct 25, 2017

I wasn't really impressed with this one though I do appreciate the fact that Disney took the classic story, put it onscreen and made it child friendly.

I just couldn't connect with the characters or get with the story line.

Apr 10, 2015

I have not seen this in years, but wow!! All the references to other movies and Shakespeare. I did not get those when I was a kid. Also this is a pretty dar film. I laughed a lot, but the subject matter is really dark and sort of twisted. Lots of laughs for the kids and plenty of more mature content to keep the adult's attention. Disney at its best. Great music too. Very sad that Esmeralda was demoted from being a Disney Princess. Her "I Want" song is the least selfish of all the Disney Princess songs.

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Jul 18, 2012

Other: Religious statements are made (predominantly of the Christian faith). Some statements are made that may go against religious dogma and may offend fundamentalist believers. However, the film can be viewed without seeing it as a religious (or anti-religious) manifesto.

Jul 18, 2012

Sexual Content: Implicit expressions of physical forces of passion and sexual desire (very PG and family-friendly, though).

Jul 18, 2012

Violence: Death of a villain. Vegetables are thrown. Arson is depicted.


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Jul 18, 2012

(as wine is poured on his wound) Feels like a 1470 burgundy. Not a good year.

Jul 18, 2012

You speak of justice, yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help.

Jul 18, 2012

All my life, you've told me that the world is a dark, cruel place! But now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like you!


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Jul 18, 2012

This tale is one of a physically deformed "hunchback" orphan who is adopted by the religious radical Judge Frollo. He lives in isolation in the bell tower of the Notre Dame Cathedral to ring its bells, which suits Frollo just fine. However, his life of seclusion is broken when he wanders down for the Festival of Fools, in which he befriends a gypsy with low status but a heart of gold. He learns to reject Frollo's teachings that appearance is everything, learning to look past first impressions and determine good or evil through how people act towards others, rather than their reputation and the facade they maintain.

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