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* Phoebus's song in the USA production, Rest and Recreation. While it starts off fine, [[https://youtu.be/7x_CgJMu19c?t=50s the interlude]] offers something different - Phoebus is still haunted by his "four years at the front", and briefly imagines all those who died at his side. The MoodWhiplash back to the merry tune afterwards doesn't help at all!

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* Phoebus's song in the USA production, Rest "Rest and Recreation. Recreation." While it starts off fine, [[https://youtu.be/7x_CgJMu19c?t=50s the interlude]] offers something different - Phoebus is still haunted by his "four years at the front", and briefly imagines all those who died at his side. The MoodWhiplash back to the merry tune afterwards doesn't help at all!


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** In a more subtle way, the whole song is about how, after being surrounded by all that violence and bloodshed, he's ''finally'' in Paris. Even better, when he first gets there, he's on a three-day furlough! Finally, he can relax and have a weekend's worth of fun without worrying about anyone trying to kill him or trying to kill anyone else. Except no. As soon as he meets Frollo, he puts Phoebus to work in driving out the gypsies, and says there's no time for rest and recreation. Phoebus literally didn't even get ''one day'' of peace before getting thrown into a war ''far'' worse than the one he left behind.

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** The fact that she refused to hand over her baby, probably knowing that he would be killed or abandoned for being 'deformed', and fled for both their lives. She made it as far as the steps of Notre Dame, only to be senselessly killed by Frollo on the steps.


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*** Esmeralda's look of shock when she sees how the crowd has turned on him. It's a mixture of disgust at the display, and guilt over how she brought it on Quasi.


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*** It may bring more happy tears than sad ones but at this point, Esmeralda was nearly attacked by two guards simply for trying to earn a living, shunned by the townspeople and she's hiding in the cathedral for her life (not to mention, Frollo's cruel taunt beforehand). What does she pray to the Virgin Mary for? Help for others and nothing else.
--> "I ask for nothing/I can get by/But I know so many less lucky than I."


* For everyone who grew up with this movie and marveled at the splendor of Notre Dame, the entire film has become this on a meta-level as [[HarsherInHindsight the real-life Notre Dame caught fire on April 15th, 2019]]; the blaze destroyed much of the original structure, meaning much of the iconic structure that had been Quasi's home and so much of what we saw in the film, including the cathedral's iconic spire, ''have been completely destroyed''. While the bell towers survived and the cathedral will certainly be rebuilt and restored, the destruction of such a beloved landmark that many a Disney fan grew fond of through this film is a hard reality to stomach.

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* For everyone who grew up with this movie and marveled at the splendor of Notre Dame, the entire film has become this on a meta-level as [[HarsherInHindsight the real-life Notre Dame caught fire on April 15th, 2019]]; the blaze destroyed much of the original structure, meaning much of the iconic structure that had been Quasi's home and so much of what we saw in the film, including the cathedral's iconic spire, ''have been completely destroyed''. While the bell towers and stained glass survived and the cathedral will certainly be rebuilt and restored, the destruction of such a beloved landmark that many a Disney fan grew fond of through this film is a hard reality to stomach.


* During the opening of "Out There", Frollo curls his fist like his is threatening Quasimodo.

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* During the opening of "Out There", Frollo curls his fist like his is he's threatening Quasimodo.



* "I ask for nothing; I can get by. But I know so many less lucky than I..." Even after ''everything'' Esmeralda goes through--sexual harassment, imprisonment, persecution for her race--she still uses her prayer to ask God to help ''others'', not herself, saying she'll be fine. That single line shows just how selfless she really is.

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* "I ask for nothing; I can get by. But I know so many less lucky than I..." Even after ''everything'' Esmeralda goes through--sexual harassment, imprisonment, persecution for her race--she race -- she still uses her prayer to ask God to help ''others'', not herself, saying she'll be fine. That single line shows just how selfless she really is.



* "What am I supposed to do? Go out there and rescue the girl from the, from the jaws of death and the whole town cheers like I'm some kind of a hero?! She already has her knight in shining armor and it's not me!" ''(deep breath)'' Frollo was right. Frollo was right about everything. And I'm tired of trying to be something that I'm not."

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* "What am I supposed to do? Go out there and rescue the girl from the, from the jaws of death and the whole town cheers like I'm some kind of a hero?! She already has her knight in shining armor and it's not me!" ''(deep ''(Deep breath)'' Frollo was right. Frollo was right about everything. And I'm tired of trying to be something that I'm not."


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*** Quasi being tortured by the crowd. He begs his master to help and Frollo just looks away and does nothing!

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*** Quasi being tortured by the crowd. He begs his master to help and Frollo just looks away and does nothing!nothing! He gives the "Haven't I warned you about the cruel world? Look what it does to you now! I'm ashamed of you!" look.

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*** Before that, Frollo gave an angry look at poor Quasi, who realized that Frollo was right about the cruel and wicked world. He told his master that he would never disobey him again.


*** From Esmerelda's perspective, she was the one who pulled him onto the stage, thinking he was part of the show. Like everyone else, she recoiled in horror when she realized his "mask" was actually his face, then vanishes from view when the crowd seemingly celebrates him, only to turn on him just as fast. Esmerelda knows it's partially her fault that he was put in this position, and immediately does whatever she can to make things right.

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*** From Esmerelda's perspective, she was the one who pulled him onto the stage, thinking he was part of the show. Like everyone else, she recoiled in horror shock when she realized his "mask" was actually his face, then vanishes from view when the crowd seemingly celebrates him, only to turn on him just as fast. Esmerelda knows it's partially her fault that he was put in this position, and immediately does whatever she can to make things right.



*** Worse still, Phoebus is so appalled that he insists he be granted permission to stop this spectacle, and Frollo snidely refuses so that Quasi "is taught a lesson".

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*** Worse still, Phoebus is so appalled that he insists he be granted permission to stop this spectacle, and Frollo snidely refuses so on the grounds that Quasi "is taught a lesson"."A lesson needs to be learned here".


*** The shot of Esmeralda from Quasi's POV, bathed in light, with an expression of pure compassion on her face? Kills me. Kills!

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*** The shot of Esmeralda from Quasi's POV, bathed in light, with an expression of pure compassion on her face? Kills me. Kills!face.


* The fact that Frollo gave Quasi a name that means "half-formed" in and of itself. The guy is the epitome of JerkAss.

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* The fact that Frollo gave Quasi a name that means "half-formed" in and of itself. The guy is more than the epitome of JerkAss.


[[caption-width-right:320:Don't worry, she's not really dead... in this version.]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:Don't worry, she's not really dead... [[SparedByTheAdaptation in this version.]]
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** Quasimodo's death scene at the end is heartbreaking; having been accidentally mortally wounded by Frollo, he is saved from falling off the tower by Esmerelda and Gringoire, who then lay him to rest and set his beloved bells in motion to "sing for him". (Slightly undermined if you are aware that Quasimodo's final line, "Why was I not made of stone like thee?" is pinched from the 1939 film.)


* The sheer intensity of "The Bells of Notre Dame" informing us of Quasi's backstory:

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* The sheer intensity of "The Bells of Notre Dame" Dame", informing us of Quasi's backstory:



The very eyes of Notre Dame..."

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The very eyes of Notre Dame..." Dame!"



* Every song Quasimodo sings is, if not tragic (my God, "Heaven's Light (Reprise)") is unbelievably beautiful and uplifting

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* Every song Quasimodo sings is, if not tragic (my God, "Heaven's Light (Reprise)") is (Reprise)"), unbelievably beautiful and uplifting

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*** From Esmerelda's perspective, she was the one who pulled him onto the stage, thinking he was part of the show. Like everyone else, she recoiled in horror when she realized his "mask" was actually his face, then vanishes from view when the crowd seemingly celebrates him, only to turn on him just as fast. Esmerelda knows it's partially her fault that he was put in this position, and immediately does whatever she can to make things right.


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!! [[Theatre/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Stage Play (Berlin and USA Productions)Productions)]]


*** From the libretto: the man and woman who begin the echo are the ghosts of Jehan Frollo and a gypsy woman... who is just referred to as "Gypsy Woman" in the lyric booklet, but the actual score and libretto refer to her as Florika, aka Quasimodo's mother.

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*** From the libretto: the man and woman who begin the echo are the ghosts of Jehan Frollo and a gypsy Romani woman... who is just referred to as "Gypsy Woman" in the lyric booklet, but the actual score and libretto refer to her as Florika, aka Quasimodo's mother.



** When Clopin and the gypsies join in, they sing about their hopes of finding a place of miracles of their own, as in a place where their kind is accepted, not scorned. Clopin himself really hammers the point home.

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** When Clopin and the gypsies Roma join in, they sing about their hopes of finding a place of miracles of their own, as in a place where their kind is accepted, not scorned. Clopin himself really hammers the point home.



** The number ends with Esmeralda, Phoebus, Clopin, and the other gypsies standing side by side and hand-in-hand, while a lonely Quasi watches from above. It's just one big bittersweet image.

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** The number ends with Esmeralda, Phoebus, Clopin, and the other gypsies Roma standing side by side and hand-in-hand, while a lonely Quasi watches from above. It's just one big bittersweet image.

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