Quasimodo ventures from his tower to the joyous Festival of Fools, but the crowd rejects him because of how 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.
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Reaches for an almost Miyazaki-like solemnity, as scenes of historical atrocity & political persecution are presented with a genuine menace & despair. Unfortunately, later appeals to cute supporting characters & coarse childish humour typical of the Disney "brand" means the film fails to deliver on its potential. A missed opportunity, but one that maintains traces of genuine cinematic poetry & real emotional depth.
Mid 90's DIsney is remarkably bad, using some incredibly lifeless animation. Look at how dull the backgrounds are, smoothed and sanded down until any edge or grit has been lost. The ravishing colors from Sleeping Beauty have been long forgotten as shown by how terribly mishandled the Hellfire sequence is. What should be one of Disney's great moments is rendered into oblivion.
One of Disney's darkest animated films is also one of its best. Often swept under the rug by Disney like it's the bastard child of the brand, and Frollo's twisted sexual desire for Esmerelda remains startlingly complex for a children's film. The gothic score, the gorgeous rendering of Notre Dame, the grandiose religious symbolism - this is a grown up film masquerading as children's entertainment. And it's fantastic.
My favorite Disney film, perhaps because a lot of what is seen and heard has no business being in a Disney film. The "hellfire" scene, the dark imagery, the haunting, brooding score -- all of it combined actually creates a fairly grim, redemptive and emotional viewing experience.
A shameless attempt to recreate the success of "Beauty and the Beast." The result is by no means a good film... though it is without question a fascinating one. Some moments are beautiful. Most are boring. Probably the only movie that deals with both infanticide and fart jokes. While that is perhaps an achievement in itself, I'm glad that we never got Disney's "Les Miserables." Le stupid.