100 Facts About The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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When it comes to seriously underrated Disney movies, this film definitely falls into the top 10. the Hunchback of Notre Dame has great characters, great scenery, great animation and a great score. What is not to love about this film?

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  1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released June 21st
  2. It was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation.
  3. It is the 34th film in the Disney Animated Canon.
  4. The film was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise.
  5. The film is loosely based around Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name.
  6. Disney changed most of the novels substance to make the story more family friendly.
  7. Hellfire is considered one of the darkest songs ever written for a Disney film
  8. It was very nearly cut for this reason.
  9. The film was very nearly given a PG rating from the MPAA I the US because of its dark and sexual themes.
  10. This was the last Disney animated film to use very mild bad language.
  11. The MPAA insisted that Disney make Esmeralda’s clothing in Hellfire more well-defined as she seemed to be nude.
  12. Belle from Beauty and the Beast can be seen in the Out There scene, walking through the city.
  13. Pumbaa from the Lion King is being carried on a pole in the bottom of the screen by two men.
  14. Another man in this scene is shaking out the carpet from Aladdin.
  15. In the original novel, Frollo is Archdeacon but filmmakers changed him to judge as he would be more menacing this way.
  16. Kevin Kline was given a sword during his recording sessions so he would portray the part of Phoebus better.
  17. The horse was also named Achilles because it’s funny to hear him say, ‘Achilles, heel’.
  18. The latin chants throughout the movie are adapted from actual Gregorian chants.
  19. This includes a portion of the Dies Irae music which can be heard in the scene where Frollo kills Quasimodo’s mother.
  20. The gargoyle that resembles a warthog is an actual gargoyle that can be seen in the real Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
  21. The opening scene where clopin sings ‘The Bells of Notre Dame’ was originally all spoken dialogue.
  22. After two revisions it was decided that it was too dry and boring and so was turned into a musical number.
  23. During one script revision, all of the gargoyles were going to be male.
  24. They were going to called Chaney, Laughton and Quinn.
  25. They were named after Lon Chaney, Charles Laughton and Anthony Quinn; three actors who have played Quasimodo in other adaptions of the story.
  26. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was the final screen credit for actress Mary Wickes who died before finishing the recording of her lines.
  27. She had all but six of her lines recorded.
  28. Janes Withers was hired to be her vocal stand-in and record the remaining lines.
  29. Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi were considered for the role of Frollo.
  30. Blue and red in the film were used to symbolise good and evil.
  31. The directors of the film have suggested that the three gargoyles might exist only in Quasimodo’s imagination and may be split-off pieces of his own personality.
  32. Two of the gargoyles are named Victor and Hugo after the author of the original novel.
  33. Laverne, the third Gargoyle is named after Laverne Andrews, one of the Andrews Sisters.
  34. Animators spent several weeks in and around the actual cathedral in order to keep accuracy.
  35. They were given office space at Disneyland Paris in the interim as the park had only recently opened.
  36. Michael Surrey, one of the supervising animators, noted that a portion of Court of Miracles sounded similar to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia.
  37. He then animated Clopin lifting up his robe and skipping towards the level after Mickey Mouse’s movements in Fantasia.
  38. Tony Jay was cast as Frollo as the directors had loved his voice from playing Monsieur D’Arque in Beauty and the Beast,
  39. This film was one of two Demi Moore films released in 1996 where she plays an exotic dancer who catches the eye of and ultimately brings down a man in a position of power.
  40. Bette Midler sang another version of God Help the Outcasts for the soundtrack release.
  41. Various words in the Bette Midler version are changed, notably Gypsy is changed to humble.
  42. The parts sung by the people in the church are also not present in this version
  43. During the song ‘A Guy Like You’, the gargoyles put a wig on Quasimodo that is similar to the wig Tom Hulce wore in Amadeus.
  44. During the Out There scene, one of the buildings in the bottom left corner has a satellite dish on it,
  45. As the soldiers fall after Quasimodo pulls the roped they were climbing, you can hear a Goofy holler.
  46. All the exterior sculptures in this film are shown as plain and naturally coloured, however, at the time the story is set, they were painted in colours.
  47. Quasimodo’s monologue which begins with ‘What? What am I supposed to do?’ and ends with ‘I’m tired of being something I’m not’ was recorded in one take.
  48. Frollo’s horse is called Snowball.
  49. This was former CEO Michael Eisners favourite of the studio’s films.
  50. This is the Disney animated film featuring the fewest number of trees.
  51. All the bells that appear in this movie are 3D rendered.
  52. After the films initial release, a limited-edition printing of Victor Hugo’s novel was released.
  53. It contained original artwork and an introduction by producer Don Hahn.
  54. The film had its premiere on June 19th 1996 at the Superdome in New Orleans.
  55. It was preceded by a parade through the French Quarter.
  56. The song Someday was sung over the credits by the group All-4-One
  57. The European version of the film replaced them with the band Eternal.
  58. Esmeralda is barefoot through the entire movie.
  59. The multiplane effect was used in several scenes of this movie.
  60. Eric Idle was considered for the role of Clopin.
  61. Several times during the film there are references to war.
  62. The conflict in question was the 100 Years War between England and France which engulfed all of Europe.
  63. Andreas Deja really wanted to animate Esmeralda from the beginning of the films conception.
  64. The original setting of the film is January 4th 1482, the day of the Feast of Fools whih was a popular festival during the Middle Ages.
  65. Mandy Patinkin was considered for the role of Quasimodo.
  66. He dropped out due to clashes with the producers regarding the character.
  67. Laverne’s name was at first considered to be Marie, after Victor Hugos middle name
  68. The film takes place between 1482 and 1502.
  69. Gary Trousdale, the director, voiced The Old Heretic.
  70. There are no opening credits on this movie.
  71. Quasimodos mother dies after being pushed to the ground and hitting her head however in the novel, this is how Esmeraldas mother dies.
  72. The filmmakers briefly considered killing Quasimodo as that is his fate in the original novel.
  73. In the movie, Notre Dame is seen with a wide square in front of it, however, during the time this novel is set, this square did not exist.
  74. This is the second film that Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz collaborated.
  75. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was the first Disney animated film to have a budget of around $100 million.
  76. The hunchback of Notre Dame was first released on VHS on March 4th
  77. On March 19th 2002, it was reissued to DVD.
  78. A Blu-Ray of the film was released on March 12th
  79. When Esmeralda is looking at Quasimodo’s model of Paris, the town baker she notices is the same baker who appears in Beauty and the Beast,
  80. In it’s opening weekend, the film grossed $21.3 million.
  81. Esmeralda’s singing voice was not done by Demi Moore but instead by Heidi Mollenhauer.
  82. The film would eventually gross over $325 million worldwide.
  83. This made it the fifth highest grossing film of 1996.
  84. The film was originally scheduled for a Christmas 1995 release.
  85. It is believed this was pushed back due to Jeffrey Katzenbergs departure from Disney.
  86. Three songs that were written for the film were disguarded during the storyboarding process and not used.
  87. These three songs were ‘In A Place of Miracles’, ‘As Long as There’s A Moon’ and ‘Someday’.
  88. Someday was going to replace God Help the Outcasts.
  89. Although not used in the main body of the film, Someday can be heard over the end credits.
  90. This is performed by R&B group All-4-One.
  91. Luis Miguel recorded the version for the Latin American Spanish version, which became a major hit in Mexico.
  92. The Archdeacon was voiced by David Ogden Stiers.
  93. Animators from the UK and Canada were hired to join the production team for Hunchback.
  94. The idea to adapt Hunchback of Notre Dame into a Disney film came about in 1993.
  95. Production on the film began in the summer of 1993.
  96. Director and Art Directors took a ten day trip to Paris in order to gain influence and inspiration.
  97. Three days of this trip were dedicated to exploring Notre Dame in it’s entirety.
  98. This included a private tour of passageways, stairwells, towers and hidden rooms within that are not open to the public.
  99. Also included in the trip was a visit to the Palace of Justice.
  100. The film was produced by Don Hahn.

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