Film: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Opened: June 21, 1996

Directed by: Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise

Starring: Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline, Paul Kandel, Charles Kimbrough, Jason Alexander, Mary Wickes, David Ogden Stiers, Frank Welker, Corey Burton, Bill Fagerbakke, Gary Trousdale, Mary Kay Bergman, Bob Bergen, Jim Cummings, Patrick Pinney & Philip Proctor

One of the darkest films in Disney history, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is extremely underrated with its masterful animation and haunting soundtrack.

Quasimodo (Tom Hulce) is kept in isolation as the bell ringer of Notre Dame. His master Judge Claude Frollo (Tony Jay) is set upon ridding Paris of corruption but becomes enamored by the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda (Demi Moore).

Despite a G rating, the film covers topics like lust, damnation and genocide. It may not be a great movie for children with some terrifying images, but it’s great to watch as an adult. The scenes of the cathedral are some of the most stunning Disney 2D animation.

Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz provide intense music, which in Clopin’s (Paul Kandel) opening sequence sets the epic tone for the rest of the film.

Final say: An underrated classic. ★★★★★

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