History YMMV / TheHunchbackOfNotreDame

11th Feb '16 9:44:22 AM creader
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Moving to its own page.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: ** It's a great score, but [[VillainSong "Hellfire"]] and the instrumental track "Sanctuary" take the cake. "Made of Stone" from the stage version certainly counts as well. ** "Out There". The combination of the gorgeous music, beautiful lyrics and Tom Hulce's spectacular performance makes it one of the most magnificent songs of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon (or any Disney film, for that matter). *** Think "Out There" is awesome in the film? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1HKnZZg_M4 Listen to Alan Menken himself singing the demo of it—both Frollo and Quasimodo's parts]]. The WhatCouldHaveBeen concept art throughout is a nice touch too. ** ''Sing the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, '''BELLS OF NOTRE DAME!!!''' '' *** Pay attention, dear listener, to Clopin's voice toward the end of that song (particularly in its first iteration). God knows why they decided to practically drown it out with the chorus, but actor/singer Paul Kandel holds an absurdly high note (a high D, a very impressive note for a male singer to hit) perfectly for an absurdly long time. ** While "Sanctuary" is about four different kinds of incredible (it's a four part piece), and "Hellfire" is without a doubt, the best villain song ever included in a Disney movie (if not any film), the real crowner here is without a doubt, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEEpavnk7Uw God Help The Outcasts]]". The music is incredible, but the lyrics deserve special mention, as they are a deconstruction of the typical Disney IWantSong, in that a Gypsy who doesn't even believe, or doubts, in God ("I don't know if you can hear me, or if you're even there") is offering to God a more humble prayer than the Catholics there who are asking for money, fame, and glory, whereas Esmeralda simply says "I ask for nothing; I can get by. But I know so many less lucky than I." *** Equally heartwarming in the original movie the animated film was based on when Esmeralda gives the same prayer when she is introduced to Mary and Jesus. ** "Heaven's Light" is the sweetest, most perfect love song ever written. Anyone who has ever been unpopular or different knows that feeling when someone notices you, even for a moment, and this song perfectly captures that feeling: ''knowing'' that they'll probably never love you back, but for the moment, you can hope, just a little. --->''I dare to dream that she/Might even care for me/And as I ring these bells tonight/My cold dark tower seems so bright,/I swear it must be heaven's light!'' *** Even ''better'' is how it's a perfect counterpoint to "Hellfire", which follows immediately after. From gentle hope and love to fiery rage and passion. ** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CVwYC7WrP0 "Paris Burning"]] plays in the scene immediately following "Hellfire" and perfectly embodies the fear and terror that the citizens of Paris are forced to suffer as Frollo's madness drives him to burn the city to the ground. [[{{HSQ}} The last twenty-five seconds of the track are guaranteed to require the listener to]] [[BringMyBrownPants bring their brown pants]].
11th Feb '16 9:42:54 AM creader
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* CrazyAwesome[=/=]CreepyAwesome: Quasimodo. He's deformed, socially inept, and possibly afflicted with a [[AmbiguousDisorder mental disorder]], but he fiercely defends Esmeralda ''and'' thwarts a mob of rioters who were attacking Notre Dame.
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* CrazyAwesome[=/=]CreepyAwesome: CreepyAwesome: Quasimodo. He's deformed, socially inept, and possibly afflicted with a [[AmbiguousDisorder mental disorder]], but he fiercely defends Esmeralda ''and'' thwarts a mob of rioters who were attacking Notre Dame.

* GeniusBonus: Gargoyles were carved for medieval churches for two reasons. The first being to divert water (namely rain) from the church, thus preventing the mortar from getting worn down and the second to protect against evil. [[spoiler: Which makes Frollo's death scene even scarier if you understand medieval architecture.]]
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* GeniusBonus: GeniusBonus: ** Gargoyles were carved for medieval churches for two reasons. The first being to divert water (namely rain) from the church, thus preventing the mortar from getting worn down and the second to protect against evil. [[spoiler: Which makes Frollo's death scene even scarier if you understand medieval architecture.]]]] ** 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.
11th Feb '16 9:40:25 AM creader
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Trivia tropes.
* [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have]]: Despite being around his 50's-60's, Frollo has a '''lot''' of fangirls.

* 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.
1st Feb '16 6:35:49 PM DoctorCooper
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Sorry, but it was deemed In Universe Examples Only
* MagnumOpus: While not the most successful film of the Renaissance Era, the film has definitely earned its massive cult following, who praise it as one of Disney's darkest and most mature animated films ever.

* VindicatedByHistory: When it was released, it was a moderate hit with both critics and audiences - the consensus was "Hey, it was better than ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', but nowhere near as good as ''Disney/TheLionKing'' or ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''". However, it gradually became a contender for the MagnumOpus of Disney's Renaissance era.
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* VindicatedByHistory: When it was released, it was a moderate hit with both critics and audiences - the consensus was "Hey, it was better than ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', but nowhere near as good as ''Disney/TheLionKing'' or ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''". However, it gradually became a contender for the MagnumOpus Magnum Opus of Disney's Renaissance era.
24th Jan '16 5:54:06 AM VoxAquila
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The sequel has some good ideas that Many fans liked: Phoebus and Esmeralda facing realistic challenges in their marriage and the raising of their son, the idea of Quasimodo gaining his own LoveInterest, and feel Madelline herself is a fairly interesting character who provides a nice contrast to him (as someone who is beautiful on the outside but feels she is ugly on the inside), but so much about the sequel is just so poorly executed it ruins the whole concept.
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The sequel has some good ideas that Many many fans liked: Phoebus and Esmeralda facing realistic challenges in their marriage and the raising of their son, the idea of Quasimodo gaining his own LoveInterest, and feel Madelline herself is a fairly interesting character who provides a nice contrast to him (as someone who is beautiful on the outside but feels she is ugly on the inside), but so much about the sequel is just so poorly executed it ruins the whole concept.
24th Jan '16 5:14:06 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: [[HangingJudge Judge Claude Frollo]] is likely one of the [[KnightOfCerebus most evil characters]] Disney has ever invented. In the film's opening, he pursues a young woman on horseback, and pushes her onto steps of the church, causing her to tumble to her death. [[WouldHurtAChild He tries to drown her infant son, Quasimodo, in the well for being ugly,]] but the archdeacon stops him. Solely out of fear of being punished for his crimes, Frollo takes the boy in, [[AbusiveParents keeping him under strict rule, isolation, and emotional abuse]]. He initially seems to have [[StalkerWithACrush fallen in love]] with the young gypsy girl Esmeralda, but when she rejects him, he decides she must burn in hell. Taking his anger out on all gypsies, Frollo tries to burn an innocent family alive for harboring them. After that, Frollo tries to have a massive section of the city burned so he can kill Esmeralda. Even being a classic case of KnightTemplar, his actions cast his "good intentions" as being a hollow sham. As Clopin asks at the beginning, "Who is the monster and who is the man?"
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* CompleteMonster: [[HangingJudge Judge Claude Frollo]] is likely one of the [[KnightOfCerebus most evil characters]] Disney has ever invented. In self-proclaimed [[SinisterMinister Minister of Justice]], but is in truth a deeply prejudiced corrupt official. Frollo [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain holds the film's opening, he pursues gypsies scattered around Paris in deep contempt]], and [[FinalSolution seeks to eradicate them]]. Killing a young woman gypsy mother on horseback, and pushes her onto the steps of the church, causing her Notre Dame, Frollo then attempted to tumble to her death. [[WouldHurtAChild He tries to drown her infant son, Quasimodo, in the well son for his deformities]], only being ugly,]] but stopped by the archdeacon stops him. archdeacon. Solely out of for fear of being punished for his crimes, Frollo takes the boy in, naming him Quasimodo and [[AbusiveParents keeping raising him under strict rule, in isolation, and emotional abuse]]. He initially seems teaching him to have think of himself as a monster]]. Frollo [[StalkerWithACrush fallen in love]] with lusts after the young gypsy girl Esmeralda, but dancer Esmeralda]], resolving to force her to be his, or kill her. Frollo terrorizes Paris while searching for her, imprisoning many gypsies and having a massive portion of the city burnt down. He finally besieges the gypsy hideout and captures them all, including Esmeralda. Accusing Esmeralda of witchcraft, Frollo attempts to publicly execute her when she rejects him, he decides she must burn in hell. Taking his anger out on all gypsies, advances before launching an attack upon the cathedral when Quasimodo rescues her. When Esmeralda seemingly dies, Frollo tries to burn an innocent family alive asks a mourning Quasimodo for harboring them. After that, Frollo tries forgiveness, only to have a massive section of the city burned so try and stab him when he can kill Esmeralda. Even being a classic case of KnightTemplar, lets his actions cast his "good intentions" as being guard down. He finally pursues Quasimodo and Esmeralda onto a hollow sham. As balcony and attempts to murder them both. Perhaps Clopin asks at the beginning, puts it best, when he asks, "Who is the monster and who is the man?"
22nd Jan '16 3:15:06 AM annieholmes
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** In the stage show, as pointed out by the actors themselves on Twitter. Patrick Page plays Frollo, Quasimodo (Michael Arden)'s father figure. Come the ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' revival, directed by Michael Arden, Page plays the Adult Man - a composite of multiple characters, one of which is Herr Rilow, Hänschen Rilow's father. Hänschen is played by Andy Mientus, Michael Arden's fiancé.
15th Jan '16 1:43:48 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* HarsherInHindsight: Frollo's VillainSong "Hellfire" sounds eerily similar to rhetoric used by misogynistic mass shooter [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Isla_Vista_killings#Perpetrator Elliot Rodger]].
14th Jan '16 11:24:00 PM Geauxlightly
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* Earworm: "Beata Maria. Hellfire! Mea Culpa! Be mine or you willllll buuuuuuuuuuurrrrrnn!"
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* Earworm: EarWorm: "Beata Maria. Hellfire! Hellfire! Mea Culpa! Be mine or you willllll buuuuuuuuuuurrrrrnn!"
14th Jan '16 11:23:16 PM Geauxlightly
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* Earworm: "Beata Maria. Hellfire! Mea Culpa! Be mine or you willllll buuuuuuuuuuurrrrrnn!"
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