Now watching Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Haven't seen this one in forever. You gotta love Disney's '90s renaissance. Just beautiful ambitious scope in their films and details of their animation, and it took serious guacamole to make a kids movie out of this Hugo classic.
Although the film not without its limitations. A few years before this movie came out there was a little short running animated show called The Critic, (a show that definitely needs to come back. It's more relevant today than ever), and in an episode film critic Jay Sherman sees an atrocious broadway play based on the least likely of stories to be conceived as a musical: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. ("This number is brought to you by Toyota!") Well Disney proved The Critic.... mostly wrong. The songs aren't up there with Lion King or Pocahontas, although it makes up for it through its BOOMING and EPIC orchestra composure.
But this film stands out because it still keeps a touch of the original novels dark side, mostly around Frollo and his killing-lustfull side, emphasized in the films best song. Damn is Tony Jay's voice awesome! This film is much more appealing to an adult audience because it handles such a rich and adult story, and Disney handles it quite well. But its around the end when the film stumbles. Of course it's going to have a happy ending and we all learn to not judge people's looks, beauty is on the inside, don't threaten the girl you like woth death, etc. But the ending has some cringe moments. Spoiler: like seriously, Esmeralda is either dead or not. You can't have it both ways to fuck with the audience, Disney. The ending is a bit sloppy. But one of Disney's most unique entries and a wonder of animation to enjoy. #nowwatching#cinephile#lovemovies#cinema#movies#movie#film#cinephilecommunity#thehunchbackofnotredame#disney#musical