The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Golden Films)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the 1996 Golden Films animated adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (the Victor Hugo novel).

Summary

The “story” is about the hunchback of Notre Dame, Quasimodo, and a gypsy girl called Melody. The troubles are caused by Jean Claude, an arrogant, greedy killjoy who wants to stop Melody because he thinks she diminishes the taxes.

Why It Sucks

  1. This movie was made to cash in on Disney's version. It also can be seen as a cash-in to Disney’s ”Beauty and the Beast”.
  2. God awful and choppy animation.
  3. Completely disloyal and an absolute disgrace to the source material.
  4. Terrible character designs, especially Quasimodo who looks far too good-looking to even be considered “ugly” and Jean Claude who looks like a Gaston knock-off.
  5. The characters barely act or portray anything like they did in the novel.
  6. Misleading Title: The film is called The Hunchback of Notre Dame (who’s aka Quasimodo) yet he‘s barely in this movie and serves little to no purpose whatsoever. In fact, the film centers more around Melody than Quasimodo.
  7. For a strange reason, several names have been changed in this film, like Esmerelda’s name is changed to Melody and Claude Frollo’s name is changed to Jean Claude.
  8. Pierre is nothing like he is in the novel where he’s a poet that falls in love with Esmeralda; while here, he’s been reduced to Jean Claude’s goofy sidekick here.
  9. Jean Claude is an extremely watered down antagonist.
  10. Stiff and edgy voice acting.
  11. Forgettable and cringe worthy songs.
  12. The characters have very disturbing movements and sometimes pause for a few seconds before doing anything.
  13. The characters are incredibly bland and empty-headed compared to the ones from the novel.
  14. Idiotic dialogue, especially the “Doing anything against the law is illegal” line.
  15. The anthropomorphic characters are all annoying, especially the bats who laugh at literally EVERYTHING.
  16. Melody’s talking musical instruments feels like a rip-off of the talking household item staff in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”.
  17. A very pointless, unfunny running gag of Jean Claude’s father being very overweight and always eating.
  18. Several noticeable errors.
  19. Numeorus plot holes, like how can objects come to life around Melody.
  20. Making Quasimodo and Jean Claude brothers in this film instead of father and son is just a dumb, unoriginal idea.
  21. Very little to no story development.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. At least Melody is a pretty character.
  2. It's one of the very few adaptations that Quasimodo does get the lead girl in the end.

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