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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

After the critical and commercial success of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and , the Walt Disney Pictures animation studio embarked on their most serious and ambitious animated feature to date with this adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel Notre Dame de Paris. Quasimodo (voice of Tom Hulce) is a grotesquely deformed but kind-hearted young man who was abandoned by his parents as an infant and thrown down a well; he was rescued by the priests of Notre Dame, the massive cathedral in the heart of Paris, and he lives there, earning his keep as a bell ringer. Quasimodo has become the ward of Judge Frollo (voice of Tony Jay), an outwardly pious but deeply hateful man who treats Quasimodio with indifference and violently loathes the Gypsies who spend their days in the cathedral's courtyard. Frollo hopes to clear the Gypsies out of Paris with the help of Phoebus (voice of Kevin Kline), leader of the troops under Frollo's command. However, Phoebus does not share Frollo's racist views and harbors no ill will against the Gypsies. When Quasimodo is crowned King of the Fools after leaving Notre Dame during the annual festival of Topsy Turvy Day, the hunchback is ordered beaten by the guards as punishment, but Esmerelda (voice of Demi Moore), a hot-blooded but compassionate gypsy beauty, shows pity on him and helps free him from his chains. The lovely Esmerelda is the first woman to show kindness to the unfortunate Quasimodo, and the hunchback soon falls in love with her. However, the dashing Phoebus is also infatuated with her, and Esmerelda is attracted to Phoebus as well, though she feels a motherly affection for the hunchback. Judge Frollo finds that he also desires Esmerelda, which only inflames his hatred for the Gypsies when she refuses his proposals. Darker and less outwardly comic than most of Disney's features, The Hunchback of Notre Dame does feature comic relief in the form of Victor (voice of Charles Kimbrough) and Hugo (voice of Jason Alexander), a pair of gargoyles who befriend Quasimodo, as well as several songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 21, 1996

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Menken Best Musical or Comedy Score 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen Schwartz Best Musical or Comedy Score 1996 Nominee

Cast

Tom Hulce
as Quasimodo
Demi Moore
as Esmeralda
Kevin Kline
as Phoebus
Tony Jay
as Frollo
Jason Alexander
as Hugo
Charles Kimbrough
as Victor
Mary Wickes
as Laverne
David Ogden Stiers
as Archdeacon
Mary Kay Bergman
as Quasimodo's Mother
Corey Burton
as Brutish Guard
Jim Cummings
as Misc. Guards and Gypsies
Bill Fagerbakke
as Oafish Guard
Patrick Pinney
as Misc. Guards and Gypsies
Gary Trousdale
as The Old Heretic
Frank Welker
as Baby Bird
Jane Withers
as Laverne in additional dialogue
Tim Pigott-Smith
as Pierre Gringoire
Jack Angel
as Additional Voices
Joan Barber
as Additional Voices
Bob Bergen
as Additional Voices
Susan Blu
as Additional Voices
Maureen Brennan
as Additional Voices
Rodger Bumpass
as Additional Voices
Victoria Clark
as Additional Voices
Philip L. Clarke
as Additional Voices
Jennifer Darling
as Additional Voices
Debi Derryberry
as Additional Voices
Jonathan Dokuchitz
as Additional Voices
Bill Farmer
as Additional Voices
Laurie Faso
as Additional Voices
Merwin Foard
as Additional Voices
Dana Hill
as Additional Voices
Paul Kandel
as Clopin
Eddie Korbich
as Additional Voices
Alix Korey
as Additional Voices
Sherry Lynn
as Additional Voices
Mona Marshall
as Additional Voices
Howard McGillin
as Additional Voices
Mickie T. McGowan
as Additional Voices
Anna McNeely
as Additional Voices
Denise Pickering
as Additional Voices
Philip Proctor
as Additional Voices
Jan Rabson
as Additional Voices
Peter Samuel
as Additional Voices
Kath Soucie
as Additional Voices
Gordon Stanley
as Additional Voices
Mary Stout
as Additional Voices
Marcelo Tubert
as Additional Voices
Jan Rabson
as Additional Voices
Merwin Foard
as Additional Voices
Maureen Brennan
as Additional Voices
Mickie T. McGowan
as Additional Voices
Howard McGillin
as Additional Voices
Bill Fagerbakke
as Oafish Guard
Joan Barber
as Additional Voices
Denise Pickering
as Additional Voices
Paul Kandel
as Clopin
Dana Hill
as Additional Voices
Jennifer Darling
as Additional Voices
Sherry Lynn
as Additional Voices
David Ogden Stiers
as Archdeacon
Victoria Clark
as Additional Voices
Charles Kimbrough
as Victor
Mary Stout
as Additional Voices
Bob Bergen
as Additional Voices
Anna McNeely
as Additional Voices
Tim Pigott-Smith
as Pierre Gringoire
Gary Trousdale
as The Old Heretic
Mary Kay Bergman
as Quasimodo's Mother
Susan Blu
as Additional Voices
Jonathan Dokuchitz
as Additional Voices
Debi Derryberry
as Additional Voices
Frank Welker
as Baby Bird
Gordon Stanley
as Additional Voices
Mona Marshall
as Additional Voices
Alix Korey
as Additional Voices
Philip Proctor
as Additional Voices
Patrick Pinney
as Misc. Guards and Gypsies
Jim Cummings
as Misc. Guards and Gypsies
Corey Burton
as Brutish Guard
Jason Alexander
as Hugo
Rodger Bumpass
as Additional Voices
Laurie Faso
as Additional Voices
Peter Samuel
as Additional Voices
Mary Wickes
as Laverne
Kath Soucie
as Additional Voices
Bill Farmer
as Additional Voices
Eddie Korbich
as Additional Voices
Philip L. Clarke
as Additional Voices
Jack Angel
as Additional Voices
Jane Withers
as Laverne in additional dialogue
Tony Jay
as Frollo

Crew

Kirk Wise
Director
Gary Trousdale
Director
Don Hahn
Producer
Bob Tzudiker
Screenwriter
Tab Murphy
Screenwriter
Jonathan Roberts
Screenwriter
Noni White
Screenwriter
Alan Menken
Composer (Music Score)
Ellen Keneshea
Editor
David Goetz
Art Director
Roy Conli
Co-producer
Phil Lofaro
Associate Producer
Ruth Lambert
Casting
Tab Murphy
Historical Consultant
Stephen Schwartz
Lyricist
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