The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • G
  • 1h 31m
  • 1996
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Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic novel, Disney brings the heroic adventures of Quasimodo, the gentle and lonely bell ringer of Notre Dame, to spectacular life. At the urging of his hilarious gargoyle pals Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, Quasimodo leaves the solitary safety of his tower, venturing out to find his first true friend, the gypsy beauty Esmeralda. The most unlikely of heroes, Quasi fights to save the people and the city he loves and, in turn, helps us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear.

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Common Sense Says
Touching but dark Disney tale cheers on the outcasts.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1996 Disney animated feature based on the Victor Hugo novel. There is regular cartoon 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 bad guy who fights with swords and ogles over the suggestively dressed Gypsy Esmeralda; he sings a song of 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.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:June 21, 1996
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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