History Trivia / TheHunchbackOfNotreDame

23rd Jul '16 3:36:04 AM Evighet
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* FanNickname: Frollo's Swedish voice actor, Stefan Ljungqvist gained the nickname "Swedish Saruman" or "Swedish Creator/ChristopherLee" due to his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDSem1CAvZc almost identical deep bass voice]]. Coincidentally, Christopher Lee himself spoke fluent Swedish.

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* FanNickname: Frollo's Swedish voice actor, Stefan Ljungqvist Ljungqvist, gained the nickname "Swedish Saruman" or "Swedish Creator/ChristopherLee" due to his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDSem1CAvZc almost identical deep bass voice]]. Coincidentally, Christopher Lee himself spoke fluent Swedish.
23rd Jul '16 3:34:22 AM Evighet
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* FanNickname: Frollo's Swedish voice actor, Stefan Ljungqvist gained the nickname "Swedish Saruman" or "Swedish Creator/ChristopherLee" due to his almost identical deep bass voice.

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* FanNickname: Frollo's Swedish voice actor, Stefan Ljungqvist gained the nickname "Swedish Saruman" or "Swedish Creator/ChristopherLee" due to his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDSem1CAvZc almost identical deep bass voice.voice]]. Coincidentally, Christopher Lee himself spoke fluent Swedish.
23rd Jul '16 3:14:25 AM Evighet
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* TheCastShowoff: In the Swedish dub Mikael Grahn sings the last note of "[[https://youtu.be/aIpRpOt4OOI?t=5m2s Bells of Notre Dame]]" using his chest voice and is the only actor playing Clopin to do so.

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* TheCastShowoff: In the Swedish dub Mikael Grahn sings the last note of "[[https://youtu.be/aIpRpOt4OOI?t=5m2s "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyGYjVb_p1U Bells of Notre Dame]]" using his chest voice and is the only actor playing Clopin to do so.
30th Jun '16 7:50:34 PM PrincessGwen
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* CelebrityVoiceActor: Demi Moore at the time became the highest paid voice actor in Hollywood, receiving $1 million for lending her voice to Esmerelda. Also Kevin Kline as Phoebus and Jason Alexander as Hugo. The sequel casts Jennifer Love Hewitt as Madeleine.

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* CelebrityVoiceActor: Demi Moore at the time became the highest paid voice actor in Hollywood, receiving $1 million for lending her voice to Esmerelda.Esmeralda. Also Kevin Kline as Phoebus and Jason Alexander as Hugo. The sequel casts Jennifer Love Hewitt as Madeleine.Madellaine.



* FlipFlopOfGod: The movie's directors have hinted that the gargoyles may all be figments of Quasimodo's imagination (a popular fan theory), but certain events in the film - namely Hugo startling Esmerelda's goat and them all taking part in the final battle - suggest they are real.

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* FlipFlopOfGod: The movie's directors have hinted that the gargoyles may all be figments of Quasimodo's imagination (a popular fan theory), but certain events in the film - namely Hugo startling Esmerelda's Esmeralda's goat and them all taking part in the final battle - suggest they are real.



** A much more tragic ending was considered. [[spoiler: Frollo would have fatally stabbed Quasimodo before being killed by Esmerelda. Phoebus would have then found them and Quasimodo's last wish would have been to ring the bells one last time]].

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** A much more tragic ending was considered. [[spoiler: Frollo would have fatally stabbed Quasimodo before being killed by Esmerelda.Esmeralda. Phoebus would have then found them and Quasimodo's last wish would have been to ring the bells one last time]].
23rd Jun '16 4:00:53 PM fearlessnikki
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* ActorAllusion:
** During "A Guy Like You", the gargoyles put wigs on Quasimodo. The wigs are similar to the ones his voice actor Tom Hulce wears in ''Amadeus''.
** Demi Moore had starred in another 1996 project where she [[{{Film/Striptease}} played an exotic dancer who brings down a man of power]].



* CelebrityVoiceActor: Demi Moore at the time became the highest paid voice actor in Hollywood, receiving $1 million for lending her voice to Esmerelda. Also Kevin Kline as Phoebus and Jason Alexander as Hugo. The sequel casts Jennifer Love Hewitt as Madeleine.
* CreatorCameo: Director Kirk Wise voices the old man who gets freed from the stocks.



* FlipFlopOfGod: The movie's directors have hinted that the gargoyles may all be figments of Quasimodo's imagination (a popular fan theory), but certain events in the film - namely Hugo startling Esmerelda's goat and them all taking part in the final battle - suggest they are real.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Phoebus's speech rallying citizens to rebel against Frollo during the climax of the movie was originally said by Clopin, but the directors/producers felt that Phoebus needed to be more involved in the uprising.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Phoebus's speech rallying citizens to rebel against Frollo during the climax of the movie was originally said by Clopin, but the directors/producers felt that Phoebus needed to be more involved in the uprising.




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** The prologue was originally going to be a straightforward narration. After a couple of read-throughs, the filmmakers found it too slow and plodding. So they rewrote it as a musical number - "The Bells of Notre Dame".
** A much more tragic ending was considered. [[spoiler: Frollo would have fatally stabbed Quasimodo before being killed by Esmerelda. Phoebus would have then found them and Quasimodo's last wish would have been to ring the bells one last time]].
1st Jun '16 1:57:16 PM ofrah1
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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Tony Jay, who is JEWISH in real life, voices the evangelical Catholic Judge Frollo.
26th Mar '16 5:55:24 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatVoice:
** David Ogden Stiers (aka [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Cogsworth]]) as the Archdeacon.
** Creator/TonyJay (aka [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Monsieur D'Arque the corrupt asylum official]], aka the Super Mutant Lieutenant from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'', aka '''[[ReBoot Megabyte]]''') as Minister Frollo.
*** So, Judge Frollo is played by the same guy who does the voice of... [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} DR. LIPSCHITZ?!?!?]]]] *cue dramatic sting*
*** And the [[VideoGame/LegacyofKain Elder God]], a religious extremist in his own right.
** [[Creator/BillFagerbakke Patrick]] [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Star]] is one of the guards!
** Spanish!Frollo is freaking [[StarWars Darth Vader]]/Creator/ClintEastwood/[[TheTerminator the T-800]]/[[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa]].
*** In France, he's Mufasa's brother, Scar.
*** Speaking of France, let's go over that cast just because the film is set in Paris. Phoebus is [[Film/GoldenEye James Bond]], while Clopin is [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Owl]].
** Jason Alexander as Hugo.
** Kevin Kline (aka Cole Porter in ''De-Lovely'', Dreyfus in ''ThePinkPanther'', and Otto in ''AFishCalledWanda'') is Phoebus.
** Creator/DemiMoore (''Film/{{Ghost}}'', ''Film/AFewGoodMen'') as Esmeralda.
** Quasimodo is [[{{Amadeus}} Mozart]]! No ''wonder'' he can sing so well!
** [[Series/MurphyBrown Jim]] is Victor.
** It's really weird hearing [[{{Disney/Pocahontas}} Governor Ratcliffe]] as a good guy.
*** Reversed in Sweden, in the dub the same guy voices Ratcliffe and Frollo.



* FakeNationality: In the 1939 version, the French characters are played by British and American actors. In the 1956 version, most actors are French, but Esmeralda is played by the Italian Gina Lollobrigida and Quasimodo by the Mexican American Anthony Quinn.
* HeyItsThatGuy: In the 1997 version, [[HarryPotter the first Dumbledore]] apparently trained as a priest before becoming headmaster of Hogwarts.
** In a recent (and amazing) production by the La Jolla Playhouse in New York, Esmeralda is [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow Kendra Saunders]].

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* FakeNationality: In the 1939 version, the French characters are played by British and American actors. In the 1956 version, most actors are French, but Esmeralda is played by the Italian Gina Lollobrigida and Quasimodo by the Mexican American Anthony Quinn.
* HeyItsThatGuy: In the 1997 version, [[HarryPotter the first Dumbledore]] apparently trained as a priest before becoming headmaster of Hogwarts.
** In a recent (and amazing) production by the La Jolla Playhouse in New York, Esmeralda is [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow Kendra Saunders]].
Quinn.
1st Mar '16 8:52:03 PM Tailikku
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** Instead of Victor, Hugo and Laverne the gargoyles would have been named Chaney, Laughton and Quinn as homage to actors LonChaney, CharlesLaughton and AnthonyQuinn who had played the title character in previous adaptations. This idea was brought back into the German musical only named Charles, Antoine, and [[GenderBenderName Loni]].

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** Instead of Victor, Hugo and Laverne the gargoyles would have been named Chaney, Laughton and Quinn as homage to actors LonChaney, CharlesLaughton and AnthonyQuinn who had played the title character in previous adaptations. This idea was brought back into the German musical only named Charles, Antoine, and [[GenderBenderName [[GenderBlenderName Loni]].
1st Mar '16 8:51:03 PM Tailikku
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** Instead of Victor, Hugo and Laverne the gargoyles would have been named Chaney, Laughton and Quinn as homage to actors LonChaneySenior, CharlesLaughton and AnthonyQuinn who had played the title character in previous adaptations.

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** Instead of Victor, Hugo and Laverne the gargoyles would have been named Chaney, Laughton and Quinn as homage to actors LonChaneySenior, LonChaney, CharlesLaughton and AnthonyQuinn who had played the title character in previous adaptations.
adaptations. This idea was brought back into the German musical only named Charles, Antoine, and [[GenderBenderName Loni]].
11th Feb '16 9:41:33 AM creader
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* GeniusBonus:
** The actual, present day Notre Dame has two pillars missing, a damaged gargoyle, and a broken doorknob. Not only does this damage happen in the climax, it's all significant in some way.
** Also, the background singing in Frollo's scenes throughout the film has several layers of meaning:
*** 'Kyrie Eleison', a refrain which is repeated throughout the film, means 'Lord have Mercy'...appropriate.
*** The chanting when Frollo is chasing Quasimodo's mother through Paris comes from a Gregorian chant called the Dies Irae - Day of Wrath - and includes a phrase that roughly means 'Beware the coming of the judge.' Again, appropriate.
*** And, during "Hellfire", the shadowy figures that torment Frollo in his madness chant 'Mea Culpa' - 'Through my Fault' - something which Frollo constantly denies.
** Quasimodo's climatic scene (being chained to the pillars of the church, then tearing them down in rebellion) is lifted directly from the story of Samson in the Bible.


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* TechnologyMarchesOn: When the film was being promoted, the CGI people were touted as a huge technological advancement. They were the logical next step after the CGI stampede scene from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Instead of using CGI to reproduce the same model making the same movements over and over again, the crowds of ''Hunchback'' were randomized, with different elements such as clothing, body types, and behaviors being mixed and matched to create these gigantic ''Film/BenHur'' crowd scenes that would, otherwise, either be much too expensive to animate, or have to be static parts of the matte. It's more noticeable now (especially if you remember watching "Behind the Scenes" featurettes which showcased the various behaviors back on the '90s Disney Channel), but at the time, especially on a first-time viewing, they ''were'' pretty impressive and evocative towards the party atmosphere in "Topsy Turvy" especially.
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