The Hunchback of Notre Dame

1996, Animation/Kids & family, 1h 26m

56 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Disney's take on the Victor Hugo classic is dramatically uneven, but its strong visuals, dark themes, and message of tolerance make for a more-sophisticated-than-average children's film. Read critic reviews

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An animated Disney adventure follows disfigured Quasimodo (Tom Hulce), the bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, who bides his time locked away in a tower. With only gargoyles to keep him company, Quasimodo longs to be with other people, leading to his chance encounter with the enchanting Gypsy Esmeralda (Demi Moore). When the beautiful young woman catches the attention of Quasimodo's guardian, sinister Frollo (Tony Jay), Quasimodo must help to keep her out of his clutches.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hulce
Quasimodo
Voice
Demi Moore
Esmeralda
Voice
Tony Jay
Judge Claude Frollo
Voice
Kevin Kline
Captain Phoebus
Voice
Paul Kandel
Clopin
Voice
Mary Wickes
Laverne
Voice
David Ogden Stiers
The Archdeacon
Voice
Heidi Mollenhauer
Esmeralda (singing)
Voice
Mary Kay Bergman
Quasimodo's mother
Voice
Corey Burton
Brutish Guard
Voice
Jim Cummings
Misc. Guards and Gypsies
Voice
Bill Fagerbakke
Oafish Guard
Voice
Dana Hill
Additional voice
Voice
Patrick Pinney
Misc. Guards and Gypsies
Voice
Gary Trousdale
The Old Heretic
Voice
Frank Welker
Baby Bird
Voice
Jane Withers
Laverne (additional dialogue)
Voice
Kirk Wise
Director
Ray Conli
Producer
Don Hahn
Producer
Alan Menken
Original Music
Stephen Schwartz
Original Music
David Goetz
Art Direction
Tab Murphy
Screenwriter
Irene Mecchi
Screenwriter
Bob Tzudiker
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Noni White
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Critic Reviews for The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Audience Reviews for The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Dec 30, 2014
    Finally saw this. Great stuff, but why Phoebus gotta c--- block?
    Jared H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2014
    Disney bastardizes Victor Hugo's literary classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame as a romantic musical. The story follows a hunchback named Quasimodo who befriends a gypsy named Esmeralda who seeks sanctuary in the Notre Dame cathedral after being hunted by Minister Frollo, who's attempting to rid the city of gypsies. Featuring the voice talents of Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, and Jason Alexander, the film has a bit of an eclectic cast. And the music, despite being written by legendary Disney composer Alan Menken, is fairly unremarkable and lacks any standout songs. However, the real problem is that this is not Disney material, and Disney misses the point of this beautiful tragedy by Disneyfying it. The Hunchback of Notre Dame isn't a bad film, it's just the wrong film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2013
    One of Disney's boldest and darkest animated films (there certainly hasn't been anything like it since), "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is surprising in both the level of thematic substance and the detail in the animation. It tries to juggle the sophisticated Victor Hugo plot with Disney conventions to far less success (those gargoyles are less comic relief and more an annoying tonal inconsistency), but like its protagonist, this film goes largely hidden within Disney's sparkling legacy -- and that's a shame.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2013
    "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is one of the darkest Disney movies to date. With enough animated detail, action sequences, and character development, the film catapults light years beyond anything before its time. This film is often a struggle to endure at times, as you witness the brutal mistreatment of Quasimodo and the quarrel between the handsome and gentle Phoebus and Quasimodo, both vying for the hand of Esmeralda. Many of the characters face developments of an adult nature. The villain, Frollo, whose animated details are beyond anything I've quite seen before, wants the gypsies dead, but cannot deny the beauty of Esmeralda and wants her all to himself, so much so that he'll kill her if she doesn't comply. This is a whole new level of animosity and, yes, we've faced this before with Disney, as Jafar captures the Princess, but you're never under the impression that lives are at stake. In "The Hunchback", the serious nature of the film often has you at extremes. Although the songs match the style of the film, there's nothing quite memorable enough to latch on to and the comedy is mainly lost on the three gargoyles, there's a sincerity and emotional tension built throughout the film that causes a deeper connection to the material compared to most animated films. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is stunning on most levels, and with such a dark nature, Disney ushers in a new level of animated entertainment.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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