The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

DVD - 2002?
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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, CA : Walt Disney Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [c2002?].
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9780788830129
0788830120
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE FAMILY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Walt Disney Pictures presents

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gviarruel Dec 11, 2017

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

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Womanonfire
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.

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forever_ice17
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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pemberely
Apr 09, 2015

What smudla512248 said!

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melissaelvis
Feb 08, 2015

This movie is creepy. One of the plot lines has the villain - Frollo - wanting to sleep with the gypsy woman. Because he can't, he'll destroy her. (There's even a song about it.) In one scene he even grabs her from behind (against her will) and buries his head in her hair to sniff it. This movie won't be watched again in my house.

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czekirda
Sep 26, 2014

i'm glad that you got that movie i really like this movie it was really good it is on t.v on cbc sunday every year i really like this movie i liked this movie since i was little i was also Esmarelda for halloween when i was in gr. 2 .

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Love_Legolas_111
Aug 22, 2013

Although at first this movie was confusing for me, as it neared the end, pretty much all the pieces fit together. This story was really fantastic, and both the animation and characters topped for a film by disney not involving any main princess (think the little mermaid, beauty and the beast, etc.) or any main animal (think lion king, bambi, etc.). As britprincess1 below stated, Disney stepped out onto a limb here and did something they were not used to doing. However, they succeded with flying colors. Although I will agree that this movie is not for young children (it's scarier and has a higher comprehension level than most disney movies), it's one disney film that you really should see.

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britprincess1
Jul 18, 2012

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME has somehow got a bad reputation over the years as a mediocre Walt Disney film, but to be honest, I can't understand why. It is a fantastic film with great writing and story development. Perhaps it is its tone, as it is a little more harsh (and so more suitable for older children, eight or nine years at least) and it is set in a historical setting (like Mulan, Pocahontas, etc.) that is pretty serious in its aesthetic (think French cathedrals) and that might not appeal to the eye as much as the rainbows and sunshine of other Disney films. However, it is a fantastic film, and takes an incredible risk by taking a stance on religious righteousness and the corruption of certain officials. It even says something about the problem with men of the cloth and celibacy (although only older audiences will notice it, so not to worry, it will most definitely fly over little children's heads). It is more serious, though, and I think that might be the only alleged "fault" one can find in what is truly a cinematic gem.

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JinBin
Jun 22, 2012

Amazing. Very un-Disney like, ubt the songs were awesome, and so was the story line and characters. Loved it. Isn't really for really young children though-- I think older people would understand it better.

smudla512248 Feb 02, 2012

I've Heard Some Nasty Comments About This Movie. People Have Stated That They Don't Like It Because The People Are Mean To Quasimodo. Gimme A Break! That's Like Saying That The Lion King Is A Bad Movie Because Scar Kills Mufasa. Classics Are Classics, And This Is Just As Great As Any Other Disney Movie!!

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britprincess1
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.

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britprincess1
Jul 18, 2012

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

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britprincess1
Jul 18, 2012

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

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britprincess1
Jul 18, 2012

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

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britprincess1
Jul 18, 2012

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

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britprincess1
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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Love_Legolas_111
Aug 22, 2013

Love_Legolas_111 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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britprincess1
Jul 18, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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britprincess1
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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