Twenty years later, Quasimodo has grown into a kind yet isolated young man, now with a pronounced hunchback caused by kyphosis. He has lived his entire life in the cathedral with his only company being a trio of living stone gargoyles Victor, Hugo, and Laverne. The gargoyles encourage him to attend the annual Festival of Fools, despite Frollo's warnings that he would be shunned for his appearance. Quasimodo attends and is celebrated for his appearance but then, prompted by Frollo's guards, is humiliated by the crowd. Frollo refuses Quasimodo's pleas for help, but he is rescued by Esmeralda, a kind Traveller. Frollo, who intends to commit genocide against Romani people living in Paris, orders her arrest but Esmeralda escapes using a magic trick.
Following protests in the United States, thousands of British parents banned their kids from seeing The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 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." 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. I think, for example, the issue of disabilities is treated with great respect." 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. The only thing we've been asked to be careful about is the word hunchback, which we have to use in the title."
The story is set in Paris in 1482 during the reign of Louis XI. Esmeralda, a beautiful, sixteen-year-old Romani dancer, is the romantic and sexual interest of many men; including Captain Phoebus de Chateaupers; poet Pierre Gringoire; the hunchbacked cathedral bell-ringer Quasimodo, and his guardian Archdeacon Claude Frollo. Frollo is torn between his obsessive lust for Esmeralda and the rules of Notre-Dame Cathedral. He orders Quasimodo to kidnap her, but Quasimodo is captured by Phoebus and his guards. After he saves her, Esmeralda becomes besotted with Phoebus. Gringoire, who attempted to help Esmeralda but was knocked out by Quasimodo, unwittingly wanders into the "Court of Miracles", populated by the Romani and the truands. They are about to hang him for being an outsider, but Esmeralda saves him by agreeing to marry him for four years.
The buried story of the film--the lesson some younger viewers may learn for the first time--is that there is room in the world for many different kinds of people, for hunchbacks and gypsies as well as for those who scornfully consider themselves the norm. Judge Frollo wants to rid Paris of its gypsies, and assigns Phoebus to lead the genocide, but the captain instinctively feels this cannot be right. And when he meets Esmeralda, gypsies suddenly gain a human face for him, and he changes sides.
"Chaney was not merely horrific, he was exactly what the hunchback ought to be...Exactly what he was in the Victor Hugo novel...And with all that makeup glued onto him and limping under that hump, there's still a performance...a huge performance, entirely satisfactory in its own terms." - Orson Welles
Frollo attempts to kill the child but is stopped by a priest and is guilt-tripped into raising the child naming him Quasimodo and trying his best to shone him from the world.This was probably the first and only Disney movie to actually succeed in making me cry and I remember being an elementary school kid, who was terrified of how the hunchback looked. I later realized that Frollo was the real frightening one because of what he did to the gypsy race and attempted to eradicate them.
Parents need to know that The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1996 Disney animated feature based on the Victor Hugo novel. There's animated violence and pratfalls: Characters fight with swords and knives, and one character is injured after getting hit in the shoulder by an arrow. There is some demonic imagery: orange-flamed backgrounds and fire-eyed panther statues. Frollo is a threatening villain who fights with swords and lusts over main female character Esmeralda; he sings a song of "burning desire" about her and asks for her destruction -- or possession. There are some moments of humor that may be inappropriate: The gargoyles, who provide comic relief, make reference to "cut[ting] the cheese" while making flatulent noises with their armpits, and a goat belches after eating. Natural deformities are addressed because the main character has a hunchback. Also, since this story does take place in Notre Dame Cathedral, religious symbols, icons, and religious themes abound. Esmeralda fights for justice for her people. She stands up to tyranny and defends outcasts such as Quasimodo and her family of Gypsies. Quasimodo shows kindness and loyalty and is willing to do what it takes to help his friends.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Notre-Dame de Paris in French) is a famous 1831 French novel written by Victor Hugo. It is about a deformed hunchback named Quasimodo who lives in the bell towers of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in late 15th century Paris, his master Claude Frollo, a gypsy girl named Esmeralda, and the tragedy that ensues with their interactions.
Three thousand costumes had to be specially made. Planning and measurements were completed about a month before shooting was to begin. A building on the lot, which was 125 feet long with 18 windows, was enlarged to about double that size to handle the large number of costumes to be handed out to the extras at the windows. Around 200 men were necessary to handle wardrobe duties. Col. Gordon McGee, of Western Costume Company, supervised costume research and production. The fancier clothes were worn by characters of the court, the 50 men and 50 women attending the grand ball at the mansion of Madame Gaundalaurier, Esmeralda, and certain of the Gypsies. The more conspicuous extras were put on the payroll two days early so they could become accustomed to wearing their costumes in order that they would behave on camera as though they were wearing the normal clothes of their day.
In 15th century Paris, there is an uneasy ebb and flow of peace between the upper classes and the people of the Parisian streets. In such a time, opportunists rise, as is the case of the politically manipulative Jehan (Hurst) and rabble-rousing Clopin (Torrence). Years ago, Clopin bought an infant girl from gypsies and raised her as Esmeralda (Miller), forcing her to perform in the streets as a dancer for money. In the Notre Dame, a hunchbacked bellringer, the deaf and half-blind Quasimodo (Chaney), assists in the caretaking of the cathedral. His contempt for the masses in the streets far below the parapets of the church roof is borne of years of social rejection, his sanctuary is the lofty and lonely roof of the ornate building.
The siege on the church is largely thwarted single-handedly by Quasimodo, the by-product of which is the impending death of Clopin. But, seeking an rapacious opportunity, Jehan attacks Esmeralda, who is again rescued by the hunchback. Carried away by Quasimodo, Jehan manages to mortally wound him before being thrown from the church roof to the rabble-filled streets that being cleared by the Phoebus-led guards below. Soothed by the thought that he has saved Esmeralda and that she is successfully reunited with Phoebus, Quasimodo crawls to his beloved bells before the last of life ebbs away. 781b155fdc