The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Courtesy of Disney Animation
There was a lot to be said for the idea of this Disney movie, as the visuals of Paris would be breath-taking, Hugo's story is an epic tale, and possibilities abound for cute gargoyle characters and the like.
|The star of our show, ladies and gentlemen|
|Better than four dogs playing poker on black velvet, I suppose|
|Paradoxically, the stone gargoyles are the liveliest part of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"|
|Very pretty picture that really didn't need animation to achieve|
|"Look at me, I can fly... Oh wait, wrong Disney movie"|
|"I'm just a wild and crazy guy!"|
|There is something very disturbing about this picture|
|"Nyah Nyah, I have Esmeralda and you don't!"|
|Oh, my poor little soldier man|
|"If you're sexy and you know it, clap your hands"|
|"I really shouldn't have eaten that lemon...."|
|Watch that hand, buddy!|
When you mess with the classics like "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," you take your chances with the critics. Here, Disney escaped without too much damage, though, looking at it now, one might wonder whether today this would have had lower-profile actors and gone straight to video. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was a fairly good adaptation of the novel, and the same team went on to do "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," another mediocre animated Disney movie. Neither of those was nearly as good as the team's first effort, "Beauty and the Beast," but few Disney movies are.
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is worth a look, but this Disney movie may not be appropriate for the youngest children. It also may require a little patience from some others, though ultimately it should be worth the trouble. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" will be released for the first time ever on Blu-ray alongside its sequel in a Special Edition "2-Movie Collection" on March 12, 2013. so if you are interested, you might pick that version up.
Below is the theatrical trailer for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."