The Case for Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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    Lindsay EllisLindsay Ellis

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    Hunchback is the metaphorical Quasimodo of the disney animated feature film canon--weird, hidden away, and relegated to its master's hairshirt. Some common and consistent criticisms of the film have cropped up over the years, but they often miss crucial context and the original goal of Victor Hugo's dark tale of human brutality.
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    Sources:
    1. Callow, Simon. "Laughton as Quasimodo: Epic Agony." Editorial. The New York Times [New York] 14 May 1988: n. pag. 14 May 1988. Web.
    2. Dretzka, Gary. "`Hunchback' For The '90s." Tribune Digital. Chicago Tribune, 16 June 1996. Web.
    3. Hugo, Victor. Notre-Dame De Paris. N.p.: Gosselin, 1831. Print. www.bartleby.com/ebook/adobe/312.pdf
    4. Hugo, Victor. "War on the Demolishers!" Editorial. Oeuvres Complètes De Victor Hugo 1825: n. pag. Print. courseworks2.columbia.edu/courses/10532/files/579150/preview?verifier=6gyITpcPKDUdLGio7aqwyELfcLXyM7JLYP2hY60M
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    6. King, Susan. "The Hunchback From Hope." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 1997. Web.
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    8. ""U" Making "Notre Dame"." The Film Daily 12 Aug. 1922: 1. Print. archive.org/stream/filmdaily2122newy#page/n352/mode/1up/search/hunchback
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    10. Karger, Dave, and Anne Thompson. “Disney's ''Hunchback'' Has Murder, Lust, and Corruption.” EW.com, Time Inc, 21 June 1996, ew.com/article/1996/06/21/disneys-hunchback-has-murder-lust-and-corruption/

Adrian J A A
Adrian J A A

I just need to know, what's the movie with the weird green crystal thing at 22:02?

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Cabbage Patch
Cabbage Patch

The Great Gatsby

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Martin Frog
Martin Frog

I. Got. A. Disney ad before this video.

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Terézia Marková
Terézia Marková

On the subject of the french musical - well how dare you, Belle legitimately slaps, especially in russian. Now granted, I haven't seen the musical itself, BUT GOOD GOD THE MUSIC.

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Djed Vartanes
Djed Vartanes

Interestingly Hugo himself wrote a similar ending to the Disney movie in a different book. In "Toilers of the Sea" the main character Gilliat takes the task of recovering a crushed steam ship because the owner's daughter, Deruchette, promises to marry whoever accomplishes this. But after successfully returning with the steam engine Gilliat finds out Deruchette is secretly in love with a priest. Gilliat helps the two lovebirds to get married in secret and leave the island instead demanding Deruchette keep her promise.

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Noah Ross
Noah Ross

oui

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Northern Coriolis
Northern Coriolis

Well, after the fire, press F

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deni kehi
deni kehi

11:37 I think he did xD or it was powdered sugar :'D

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Amal Rehman
Amal Rehman

1:14 not just millennials, I was traumatized watching that movie tor the first time and so were may three sisters

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MG Wray
MG Wray

The Robert Moses tangent had me cracking up. I'm from Brooklyn, and Robert Moses' name is synonymous with the Devil's.

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ClaraFreesky
ClaraFreesky

omg I cried

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Thy Huynh
Thy Huynh

Nobody: Esmeralda: *J U S T I C E !*

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Hiro Aki
Hiro Aki

Why is no one talking about this person? 11:28

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TIFFANY PERSAUD
TIFFANY PERSAUD

"Foreigners" *chuckle* "You came yesterday, we came today." Wow. Thanks for including other versions. This Disney movie resonates now more than it was made. Every time I remember it, and the last time I saw it I was a kid, I think it was well before its time. It was cinematic and theatrical, so I preferred it as a kid more than the romance of the other Disney renaissance films for the way its story was told, and that it was bold to address abuse, an conquer it. I later grew to appreciate that it gave you a friendship instead of a romance and that is great too. Marketing sucks a lot. Even sometimes the movie-making part of it. I think that often movies are made to attract a family-audience but they instead make adult movies that throw in fun fanciful goofy stuff for children, and to sell figurines. It is possible to bridge adults and children in a medium they can enjoy and learn from, even have meaningful discussions about years later, even as the children grow up. But yeh... figurines.

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Layne Lord of Cinder
Layne Lord of Cinder

Burnt.

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Purlsama
Purlsama

I find the whole bashing Esmeralda thing silly. x3 Isn't it narrativly imperative to literally every event of this movie that Esmeralda be outstandingly attractive? XD Like... literally every event? Like every single action the 3 males in this movie do is a consequence of her and how she has intoxicated them? XD So... yeah... kinda makes sense she is a bit more provocative.

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Ed M
Ed M

Honestly other than that one really obnoxious gargoyle the gargoyles aren't even that bad imo. I do think the humor in this movie is pretty bad, but I feel the same way about a lot of the Disney renaissance movies, and at least it's such a minor part of this one that that doesn't really have any negative effect on it as a whole.

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Ayame0ki
Ayame0ki

Notre Dame de Paris, the French québécois musical =

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EightTimesInsanity
EightTimesInsanity

I only just started this video, but I want to say that I feel like if you took out the gargoyles from this film, you'd be left with an insanely gorgeous (if not totally child-appropriate) piece of filmmaking. The soundtrack to this movie is, I feel, the best of any Disney movie before or since.

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That's My Opinion
That's My Opinion

No one: Lindsay Ellis: *Dude enters frame and hides a whole bag in a bush then leaves* Lindsay: *"Did he just... like hide a stack of cocaine there?"*

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Kjetil Håland
Kjetil Håland

I see the problem with the gargoyles, but as a kid I really liked them because it showed he had supportive friends. Kinda shows a kid that they should be friends with people regardless of what they look like. Quasimodo not having friends in a kids movie might give kids the impression that they shouldn't be friends with "someone like him" either, because it's not acceptable. Regardless of what the final message of the movie is

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Oksana Kosarenko
Oksana Kosarenko

"a soundtrack that makes church music sound cheery by comparison" also lowkey shoutout to the guy who hides a package in the bushes :/

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John Burns
John Burns

Now I'm wondering when Disney will come out with the film version of Charlotte's Web where Charlotte doesn't die at the end... OH! Spoiler alert.

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Anna Garcia
Anna Garcia

I won’t @ you, because it _is_ Alan Menken’s best score for a Disney movie

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Jt Misivono
Jt Misivono

I want a Sexy Lamp

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pink cloud
pink cloud

The Québécois version looks like a fever dream.

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Magmoormaster
Magmoormaster

This video has had a profound influence on me, ironically because of the architecture (original intent much?). So many of the architecture-related, tertiary points really resonate with me. I'm currently a 3rd year architecture student, in a classically focused program. This semester, we've talked a great deal about the lost art of classical architecture. How the ancients were guided in their design by fundamental rules of form and proportion, and how in the last hundred years or so architects have sacrificed those principles on the altar of modernism. So Hugo's line "we would want to rebuild these edifices, but we will not be able to. We no longer possess the genius of centuries past," seems even more relevant today than it was in the middle of the neoclassical revival. But more importantly, the comment that "architecture was the dominant way to communicate and dogmatize big ideas on a wide scale." Or to use the french term, "liber pauperum" (the poor man's book). This is a huge, huge, deal to me. The idea that architecture is more than just walls and a roof. You can see this throughout history, all the way up until the 1800s, from the Pyramids in Egypt to the palace of Persepolis to the Pantheon in Rome. I can't even put to words the feeling of inspiration and obligation this gives me. How humbling it is, to think of how much power architecture can have and how much better I need to become as a designer. If you had asked me 2 years ago, if I wanted to go to Paris, I would have scoffed. "Paris has no appeal to me whatsoever," I would say. "I have no interest in seeing the Eiffel Tower." This video singlehandedly turned Paris into one of my most-anticipated travel destinations (there's been some talks about a study abroad trip to Paris for my program). It made the fire at Notre Dame earlier in the year relevant to me (seriously, I was crying at my desk at work). I spent all evening writing a paper about French Gothic architecture, with an emphasis on Notre Dame. IDK, maybe I'm just impressionable. But this video has really changed the way I see the world, and the points hit me harder now than ever before. Which is funny, because this video really isn't about architecture or the building of Notre Dame de Paris.

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BooksByMarbles
BooksByMarbles

This is my favorite Disney movie.

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Daniel de Solano
Daniel de Solano

"It is fair to say that if not for the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Notre Dame cathedral might not even be there today... Or at least, it would still be pretty bu--" 2019: Like FIRE, H E L L F I R E

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Elisha Grey Music
Elisha Grey Music

HUMAN FLOWER CROWN, TOM HULCE

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WeirdSoundingVoice
WeirdSoundingVoice

He's fine. It's fine. This is fine. He's fine. ಠ-ಠ

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tauhid ershad
tauhid ershad

I wonder how they are gonna do it,in live action.

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The Shamanite
The Shamanite

Blessed be Notre Dame cathedral. You survived the fire.

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damneastsideboys
damneastsideboys

How is nobody talking about that rando putting something in that bush and acting as shady as humanly possible.

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Tiger _3
Tiger _3

God Help the Outcasts and Hellfire are possibly my two favorite Disney songs

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Foxtrot Delta
Foxtrot Delta

33:43 yeah about that... Edit: autocorrect

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Ryan Cole
Ryan Cole

So Frolo is the first alt right Incel?

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grapefruit 8
grapefruit 8

Now notre dame is kind of busted again

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c182SkylaneRG
c182SkylaneRG

Crazy question (you've been warned): Upload that Robert Moses tangent in its entirety? :) Honestly, I think there's a lot of good info in there that not many people are aware of. I started digging into the fate of Penn Station after trying to figure out "what that gorgeous train station was in those pictures I found", and was deeply disheartened to learn what happened. :(

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bug boi
bug boi

"This is the Notre Dame cathedral" yeah maybe the hellfire got a bit out of hand since then...

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Nenilein
Nenilein

Not gonna lie, rewatching this and seeing the images of the not-destroyed Notre Dame with you in front of it made me feel sad for a moment. You never know what the world had until it's kinda gone...

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AronRa
AronRa

Well done.

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Better With Bob?
Better With Bob?

Adding to the fact that Esmeralda in the 1939 version is played by an Irish actress - and Maureen O'Hara was young enough to have been born while Ireland was still under British oppression. In fact, it was in the process of becoming independent from Britain when this film was made. And the Irish were historically demonized, as the Romani were, and many of them were displaced over the world thanks to having to emigrate after a famine that was caused by British oppression. So while Maureen may have only been this promising young actress to the filmmakers, the fact that she plays the first version of Esmeralda to be ethnically part of the oppressed group has another powerful undercurrent.

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Gaussamer
Gaussamer

I love Clopin though

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Brain rich
Brain rich

Still love this movie, the musical score is amazing!

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The Man In Black
The Man In Black

The animation was really impressive.

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rj benjamin
rj benjamin

I'm losing to a bird

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Matthew Thomson
Matthew Thomson

RIP Notre Dame

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Grumpy Goof
Grumpy Goof

Easily my new favorite YouTube channel. You have so much talent and are vastly underrated.

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Anne Marie Johnson
Anne Marie Johnson

Dingo pictures is hands down the best adaptation 😂😂😂

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Sebastián Rivas
Sebastián Rivas

omg you are so cute and intelligent, you are the complete package! hunchback is by far my fav from disney, excellent vidio :D!

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Parth Savyasachi
Parth Savyasachi

me and my daughter loved the movie though.

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Tanuvein
Tanuvein

I'm sorry, the video needs to redirect into an investigation of the cocaine drop for my own curiosity.

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Sarah Gemma
Sarah Gemma

100% agree with this take! Also, I learned so much about the context and history; thanks!

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Andrew Hanson
Andrew Hanson

You are awesome.

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mustardseed
mustardseed

I understand that the gargoyles at best do nothing for the film and realistically just muddy the tone, but. I've learned to completely block out Hugo in every scene and I would die for Victor. He's a man after my heart. I can't help it.

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Anna Klum
Anna Klum

I still prefer the American Hunchback musical. It's more realistic and true to the source which really fits the whole ominous cathedral vibe better. It also makes the characters more well-rounded instead of archetypes. And it made me cry. 10/10

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Flag Coco
Flag Coco

As one of the many critics who believe Disney's adaptation is ridiculous in comparison to Victor Hugo's masterpiece, I am pleasantly overwhelmed by the thought put into this video, the research, the clippings, and the underlying thesis of how an original work gets morphed over the years through various media and cultural values. I still hate the Disney version, but I can at least accept the various adult themes expressed in the animated movie. Hunchback has been my favorite novel for twenty years, read the whole thing in one sitting, I reread it every few years. I did my own research on the entire story, on Quasimodo and Esmeralda, on how they were portrayed over the decades (disappointedly, you made no mention for used a clip from the 1956 version starring Anthony Quinn and Gina Lollabrigeda), and the one thing that always brings me back around to holding the original novel as superior to the rest is a moment when Esmeralda tells Gringoire she could never love him, because he was so facile, so weak, and she so wanted a love who could protect her, and the reason it resonates throughout the novel is because here's Quasimodo, who rescues her from the gallows, who brings her to the church's walls, who feeds her, who watches over her, and she cannot bear to look at him, she still pines for the Phoebus who only saw her as a piece of ass, who betrayed her. That juxtaposition is what makes the novel worth reading again and again, because the beautiful Esmeralda is as flawed as every other character in the novel, just as full of contradictions that balance one off the other. The only truly noble being in the novel is Quasimodo, and even his nobility of heart is balanced by his hideous appearance that no one around him can overcome, to a degree not even himself. The key word I'm trying to wrap my head around is ADAPTATION. No opera, musical, play, or motion picture has ever been faithful to the original material. Disney's version is an adaptation of an adaptation of an adaptation. The same criticisms I have against Disney, I can only be honest if I lob them against the many other versions as well, some I find delightful in and of themselves. The retelling of the story of Quasimodo should be seen in the same way we accept the retelling of the story of Superman, where pretty much anything goes so long as you maintain a few key points. Neither Charles Laughton not Anthony Quinn nor Mandy Patinkin nor Tom Hulce nor any other actor can actually be Quasimodo, and that's something I've never completely been able to accept, and because of that, I'm disappointed in them all. As for Esmeralda, I've always seen her in the same way I've seen Bizet's Carmen, a seductive beauty forced to weave her way in and out of the patriarchal rules of her day, refusing to permanently give herself to any one man. I suppose it's a feminist point of view, these central characters seeking to assert their personhood while being pulled in different directions by those who want to claim her. Their allure is always manipulated in the minds of those who want them. Even the noble Quasimodo is guilty of this in the novel, frustrated as to why she cannot love him back no matter how hard he tries. Her individuality is not completely virtuous, she holds the same flesh failings the rest of us do, but in an age well before gender equality, their desires to live life on their own terms are revolutionary.

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Erik Ravenclaw
Erik Ravenclaw

8:10 lmaooo i've watched this video 3 times and just have too ask Are you in a warzone or something???

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Edwin Palacio
Edwin Palacio

I’m confused. What’s does “Union Stuff” mean?

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Austin Starke
Austin Starke

Should you ever feel the need to absolutely obliterate someone in the bedroom, I officially volunteer.

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