The Hunchback of Notre Dame Reviews
With all that in mind, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" can easily be called one of Disney's best XX century releases, with its only shortcoming being a rather weak ending. That being said, this 1996 piece of truly great art is a must-watch not only for Disney maniacs, but also for anyone seeking cinematographical fulfillment
Quasimodo is a hunchback that lives in the bell tower of the Notre Dame. He wishes to get of home but his adoptive father Frollo won't allow it, but determined to fulfill his wish he disobeys Frollo but his naïve approach will bring upon him serious consequences.
Everyone has a film that didn't achieve big critical acclaim and/or isn't hold in high regard by most and one of those films for me is Disney's adaptation of Victor Hugo "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". This is a film that gets overshadowed by the rest of the films from the Disney Renaissance when it is better than most of them as it has likable characters, the songs are the best that Disney has ever put on film (I'm talking about the whole score), Frollo is undeniably the greatest villain in Disney history as he is scary, charming and well developed; it touches many mature themes (going from religion/sins to cultural tolerance), the art direction is extremely peculiar as it looks like a theater play on a gran scale, some of the imagery is straight out of the French Gothic era (they may scare children), the script manages to make a marvelous adaptation of a quite cruel and heavy book for a young demographic,the voice acting is on point (as most Disney films), it doesn't overstays its welcome, and it is more than fun to watch. However the biggest flaw this film has is Disney itself, as it was more than obvious that they would kiddify Victor Hugo's book by adding extremely childish comedy (particularly the inclusion of the comedic trio) thus creating enormous tonal issues as it goes from a dark and religious vibe to slapstick humor.
Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is an overlooked and enjoyable film of the Renaissance era of the animation company. While its comedy aims to the youngest audience, it is more mature than the average animated film and it's a pretty impressive adaptation from the Mickey Mouse company. Never again will Disney go to this dark territory so it is a diamond in the rust.