Disney / The Hunchback Of Notre Dame II

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The sequel to Disney's The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. Quasimodo (Tom Hulce) falls in love with the beautiful and mysterious Madellaine, while trying to stop an evil magician from stealing a famous bell from the cathedral's belfry.

Part of the problem with this movie is that in the original story, everybody dies, giving Disney absolutely nothing to work with, so they have to fabricate something totally from scratch. And one of their most impressive villains has also died one of their most impressive deaths, so they couldn't bring him back to torment the heroes. This sequel is what happens when Disney creates a completely original story and completely original villain from scratch.

It's not a pretty sight, even by YMMV standards.

Tropes

  • Adult Fear: Zephyr's disappearance and Sarousch using him as a hostage.
  • Art Evolution: Inverted. Despite coming out after The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, which contained some decent animation, the animation in Hunchback 2 is usually considered to be some of the worst amongst the Disney sequels, along with Aladdin: The Return of Jafar (which could be classed as an experiment in DTV) and Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.
    • That said, there are some moments of fluidity despite the quality, as some scenes (or animations) look like they had more attention put onto them than others.
  • Babies Ever After: This sequel shows that Phoebus and Esmerelda have had a son, Zephyr.
  • Becoming the Mask: Madellaine, who initially is friendly to Quasi only to find out information, but comes to love him after he treats her with genuine respect and affection.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Quasimodo towards Zephyr. While he is already friendly to kids, this kid in particular is his honorary nephew.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Quasimodo and Madellaine share one at the end of the movie, after declaring their love for one another.
  • Broken Aesop: In the first movie, the lesson was supposed to be not to judge people on their looks. In the sequel it seems to be that your only route to happiness is to get a beautiful woman to fall in love with you.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Madellaine's tightrope walking. Early on she confides to Quasi that she wants to learn it, and he encourages her. At the end, she pulls it off to save Zephyr.
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: Madellaine struggles with her ambition to become a tightrope walker. At the end, she pulls it off to save Zephyr.
  • Crocodile Tears: Sarousch, when he tries to pin the thefts on Madellaine.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Madellaine escapes her abusive father figure and finds true love.
    • For Quasimodo, it's finding true love.
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: One sanctioned by society. Parisians couples publicly declare their love during the festival.
  • "I Can't Look!" Gesture: Phoebus has to look away when Sarousch forces him to let him sail away with "La Fidele", on penalty of Sarousch harming his son.
  • I Have Your Wife: During the climax, Sarousch uses Zephyr as leverage for the bell.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When Phoebus tells his suspicions against Madellaine plotting to steal the La Fidele with Sroausch, Quasimodo asks if Phoebus thinks if anyone could love him for him. Phoebus immediately realizes his error and corrects what he means in a slightly more tactful manner.
  • Ironic Echo: Early on, Sarousch tells Madellaine that her job is to "stand around and look pretty", because it's all she's good for. After she saves Zephyr, they have this exchange:
    Sarousch: What are you doing?
    Madellaine: Just standing around looking pretty.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than the original movie. The villain here is a thief instead of a Knight Templar bigot.
  • Narcissist: Sarousch. Phoebus lampshades it after interrogating him: "I'll let you get back to... yourself."
  • No Song for the Wicked: Sarousch does not get a song.
  • Not So Different: Quasi and Madellaine; both of them are clumsy and nice people who are dominated by evil father figures.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: a small running gag in the sequel is Phoebus asking rhetorical questions to his Silent Snarker horse Achilles, who taps his hoof in response both times.
    • First when Phoebus is getting reports on robberies involving the Circus
    Phoebus: A string of robberies begins the moment a circus comes to town. Coincidence? I don't think so. How many times have I ever been wrong?
    Achilles [counts on his hoof *Tap. *Tap* *Tap*]
    Phoebus: Achilles, that was a rhetorical question.
    • The second time, he reports that the circus is responsible for robberies, which does not delight Quasi or his family (Quasi due to being romantically in love with Madellaine, Esmeralda due to believing that Phoebus still holds prejudice views towards gypsies, and Zephyr due to admiring the circus), and they all angrily leave.
    Phoebus: Achilles, do you believe this? Everybody mad at me! How often does that happen?
    Achilles: [counts on his hoof *Tap*. *Tap* *Tap*]
    Phoebus: Rhetorical!
  • Sissy Villain: Sarousch. He speaks in an effeminate way and is in love with himself.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Quasimodo meets (and eventually) falls in love with Madellaine.
  • Time Skip: The sequel takes place six years after the first movie.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Sarousch's band of minions from the carnival who he sent out to rob the townspeople are not seen again after they've done his bidding, and no mention is made of whether any of them were also arrested after Sarousch was caught.
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