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Funny: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Disney film

  • "Oh, look! A mime! *prepares to hock loogie*"
  • Very dark funny immediately after the Hellfire sequence, there is this exchange:
    Phoebus: Good morning, sir.
    Frollo: (groans, rubbing his eyes)
    Phoebus: Are you feeling all right?
    Frollo: I had a little... trouble with the fireplace.
  • Esmerelda: You sneaky son of a—
    Phoebus: Ah ah it. We're in a church.
  • Not to mention during Esmeralda's dance routine:
    Frollo: Look at that disgusting display!
  • Another very dark example, in the Palace of Justice:
    Frollo: You know, my last Captain of the Guard was...a bit of a disappointment to me.
    (A lash and a particularly loud scream of pain; Phoebus's expression is a mix of 'What the hell was that???' and 'Dear god, was that the guy who came before me??????')
    Frollo: Well, no matter. I'm sure you'll...whip my men into shape? (Grin.)
    Phoebus: (No, seriously, was that the last captain of the guard? Oh god, I'm in trouble.) Um, yes sir, great honour...
  • "Achilles, sit!"
  • Several moments involving the gargoyles are quite funny
    • Most of "A Guy Like You" (Hugo cross-dresses as Esmeralda, gets his horns stuck in the ceiling, and the gargoyles say Quasi is shaped "like a croissant is", when they mishear a conversation and come to the conclusion that "Frollo's nose is long and he wears a truss" and when they all appear to be sketching Esmeralda, except Hugo who sketches Djali the goat instead.
    • Laverne to the pigeons: "Fly, my pretties! Fly! Fly! AHAHAHAHAhahahaha!!! *cue Leitmotif*
  • "Frollo's nose is long and he wears a truss!"
  • The epic exchange after Phoebus and Quasimodo decide to go find the Court of Miracles:
    Phoebus: Truce? (He pats Quasi on the back encouragingly)
    Quasimodo: Well...okay. (He hits Phoebus in the spot where the arrow hit him, causing him to groan in pain) Sorry.
    Phoebus::, you're not.
    • A lot of Quasimodo and Phoebus' interactions during this period of the movie is hilarious.
    • The DVD commentary made the previously heartbreaking scene where Quasimodo discovers Esmerelda's love of Phoebus hilarious, with the filmmakers almost MSTing their own movie at some points:
      Gary Trousdale: (as Esmerelda) Quasimodo, this is my boyfriend Phoebus. He wrecked his dad's car, can he stay at your apartment for a few days?
    • Quasi's "cool loft apartment" is a Running Gag through the commentary.
  • Then there's Clopin, indulging in a bit of literal Gallows Humor:
    Clopin: Any last words?
    *Quasimodo and Phoebus, being Bound and Gagged, can only make some indecipherable noises*
    Clopin: (rolling his eyes at the Fourth Wall) That's what they all say.
    • Immediately followed by:
      Clopin: Now that we've heard all the evidence— [interrupting himself with a hand puppet] Wait, I object! [as himself] Overruled! [as puppet] I object! [as himself] Quiet! [as puppet] ...Dang.
    • Then Esmaralda interrups the "trial" and explaines that they are friends, Clopen exclaims in the most innocently bemused voice: "Well, why didn't they say so!?"
    "WE DID SAY SO!"
  • "I'm free! I'm free! ...Oof! ...Dang it."
  • The entire Esmeralda/Phoebus scene in the cathedral, but especially:
    Phoebus: You fight almost as well as a man.
    Esmeralda: Funny, I was going to say the same thing about you!
    Phoebus: That's hitting a little below the belt, isn't it?
    Esmeralda: No. This is.
  • The part when it emerges that Frollo taught Quasimodo his alphabet using words like abomination, blasphemy, contrition, damnation, eternal damnation, and forgiveness. It's both a blessing and a shame that they stopped at f; one wonders what the rest of the alphabet would have been like...
  • Absolutely everything in Esmeralda's chase/escape sequence; the best parts would have to be the aforementioned "I'm free!" bit, and Phoebus, after ducking a ricocheting helmet, in dazed admiration: "What a woman!"
  • The gargoyles building a fully functional catapult from assorted items found in the cathedral and then... shoving it off the roof onto the soldiers.
    Victor: "Are you sure that's how it works?"
    • Made even funnier when the catapult crushes a few soldiers in a manner similar to a mouse trap.
    Hugo: Works for me!
  • "Ah, Paris. The city of lovers is glowing this evening. (blissful sigh) True, that's because it's on fire ... but still there's l'amour."
  • Clopin spends most of the 'Topsy-Turvy' number trolling Quasimodo. At one point he takes part in a chorus line, skirt included!
  • A piece of Mood Whiplash while Paris is burning.
    Victor: It's hopeless.
    Hugo: You're telling me! I'm losing to a bird!
    (cut to Hugo playing poker with a pigeon)

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