… not counting any Pixar movies at all in this of course.
Just random question time- use this template it you can! One movie per post. This is all of course a matter of opinion. I do have more I could use, I just decided on this one (though Mulan and Treasure Planet could have got in there too).
Movie: Hunchback of Notre Dame
Best song (if any) in movie/soundtrack: Hellfire? The opening song? (Clopin’s got some great pipes after all). Yeah I’ll go with Hellfire.
Best/most powerful character : I usually love protaganists more but got to go with Frollo. “And he saw corruption everywhere… except within.” How many people in real life who do terrible things could this apply to? Frollo is terrifying and for a good reason. Love Esmerelda and Quasimodo though.
Read the story this movie is based on if any? Opinions? Yes, I’ve looked at a bit of it… yikes is all I can say. I think this is one of those instances where I prefer the Disney version
Has your opinion on the movie changed since you first saw it? Has it heck. I actually HATED this movie as a kid, it made me feel not at all comfortable, though that’s mainly because I was kind of screwed up by religion for a while as a kid. Now I can appreciate the movie more I feel. Plus while the more adult hints are pretty obvious too, I don’t remember getting them as a kid. XD.
Symbolism/Depth in my Disney? I like to think that the red cloaked individuals in Hell Fire who Frollo is singing with represent cardinals and perhaps the Church in general. Frollo perhaps is not only driven mad by the idea of the afterlife but also earthly concerns. He is also putting a lot of stake perhaps into his reputation and standing and the fact he does not wish to look like a fool or ‘not so above it all’ like the ‘others’ he condemns. He’s not only an extremist, but also technically a hypocrite, but can’t deal with that. He doesn’t want to be ‘weak’ or seen as such by the crowds themselves (OR the church), and let them see this woman get the better of him. Hence another reason he goes completely overboard… or maybe I’m thinking too much on that.
One annoying aspect? The gargoyles. Blech.
I… I have something in my eye… -sniffs-: Thinking Esmerelda is dead, Quasimodo chained up and at first thinking its hopeless, seeing Phoebus and Esmerelda kiss etc. Oh Quasi, I want to hug you.
Well… I’m scarred for life: Frollo… just Frollo. Good grief do I even have to say why? For some reason the fact he implies to Phebus his predecessor is being TORTURED for simply being a disappointment really gets to me. (And even gives tips to the torturer)! Before that we see he chased a woman and killed her on a horse and wanted to kill a baby just because it was UGLY. He’s horrible to Quasimodo making him feel lower than an worm. And he’s willing to ‘burn down all of Paris’ to molest a woman… all while claiming he is a pious figure and better than other people and he’s on some crazed religious mission and blames the object of lust for the fact he just has NO SELF CONTROL and… oh my freakin’ god Frollo is just nightmare fuel!
(Even worse since of course people like this exist today and you know some would do the same things if in his position believing they are doing the right thing or whatever).
Phoebus is actually the best for this I think, when he’s sort of fighting with Esmerelda or going “Yes sir!” to Frollo about witnessing such a display after raising his helmet to see her better as she dances. -snorts-
Quasimodo getting Esmerelda back and saving her. And I have to admit, his realisation over his master is kind of great, though I’m glad he didn’t give the killing blow:
“No, you listen! All my life, you have told me that the world is a dark, cruel place. But now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like you…”
Also Phoebus for refusing to burn the cottage down. And Esmerelda… being Esmerelda I guess. She’s just great all over.
And the people rising up and not taking Frollo any more and freeing the gypsies.
Does this movie have a sequel/midquel/prequel? If so… opinions. Good or bad?
What? What sequel? It’s not like they threw together a half baked plot straight to video movie with animation which practically insults the original masterpiece just to let Quasimodo have a girl this time round or anything.
No that didn’t happen.
No, I am totally not in denial! Why should you say that? IT DOESN’T EVEN EXIST.
Fandom? Are you in it? Nope. But I wouldn’t be opposed to reading some fic if anyone has any recommendations. I mean as long as it doesn’t acknowledge that complete and utter MYTH about there being some sequel. (Honestly some people are crazy aren’t they?)
So yeah, feel free to answer this or also comment on peoples answers, but of course, be civil.