Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (Theater in 1996, video and 29 Apr 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The re-telling of Victor Hugo’s tale of a deformed man who must learn independence from his master in order to help a friend fleeing from the law.
My Take on it – I have always loved Disney movies and in the 90’s, I made sure to see every one of them in the theater and usually also would buy the soundtrack of their amazing music.
After 5 amazing hits in the early 90’s, this movie proved that the success would have to stop somewhere.
This movie is darker than all of the previous Disney movies [besides The Black Cauldron (1986)] and I think that’s one of the reasons this movie didn’t do so well.
Most of the previous Disney films had loveable characters, but the main character here of Quasimodo just isn’t loveable like Simba, Aladdin or even Belle.
The themes explored here are too deep (and somewhat disturbing) to appeal to kids. The gargoyles are funny at points, but they are merely humorous sidekicks and are there to cheer him on.
The music makes the movie feel like something similar to Phantom of the Opera, but it just doesn’t work as well IMHO. and the songs and music aren’t as memoprable as we expected from Disney in the 90’s
Bottom Line – Not Disney’s best, much darker than usual. Interesting but deep themes. Can be considered the beginning of Disney animation’s fall back to Earth in the mid-90’s.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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