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11. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

"From the opening prologue, its clear that Hunchback is going to be different from all the other Disney films before it. The tone throughout is different the gypsy mother's flight and death, the 'adult' undercurrents of the Hellfire song and sequence, to the final climatic ending when the villain quotes text from the scriptures we know that the filmmakers were attempting to create something deeper and more literal than their previous films. Hunchback may be an acquired taste due to its increased darkness, but those accustomed to the taste, there's no Disney film more fitting."

"Of all the Disney animated features, The Hunchback of Notre Dame has probably the most developed theme, something beyond those of the kid-friendly fairy tale variety traditionally associated with Disney animation (which is not to imply that those are bad, but it sets Hunchback apart as something unique). It does have the "don't judge a book by its cover" message, but looking more closely at the film, it also explores what makes a good and Godly person, as explored in Old and New Testament writings. At the center of this is Frollo and the expertly conceived Hellfire sequence, which is one of the many highlights of this film, not only for its stunning visuals but also for its value in storytelling, for its value in developing Frollo as a three-dimensional character, and for its masterful music. If this wasn't enough, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a thrilling and moving story explored in a film worthy of both Victor Hugo's rich literary tradition and Walt Disney's grand animated storytelling foundation."

"I can safely say that not only is The Hunchback Of Notre Dame my favourite Disney film of all time, but it is my absolute favourite film of all time, period. It has everything and more that a Walt Disney Feature Animation film should. Stunningly realist animation of gothic France, songs that sweep you up in a different mood and emotion every five minutes, great lovable characters and a baddie with more emotional problems than an angry 2 year old. It was a daring move for the Disney company to convert a story like Hunchback into a animated movie (Is this really the same company that made movies like The Fox and the Hound or Bambi?) but I (just like many others) am certainly glad they did."

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