Notre Dame Themes

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an animated Disney movie, based on a book under the same name, that explores dark themes such as racism, corruption, genocide, and sin, among many others. It is one of Disney’s darkest movies, yet its screenplay and dialogue has been written in a way to still have a rating of G from the MPAA. The plot revolved around Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer of the cathedral of Notre Dame. The story began with a group of gypsies who snuck into Paris. They were ambushed by Judge Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice, who captured them. One of the gypsy women fled with her deformed baby, and Frollo, assuming that what she was holding were stolen goods, pursued her. He caught up with the woman and…show more content…
Phoebus discovered Frollo’s dark nature, and defied him. He was struck by an arrow and he fell into a river, but was saved by Esmerelda and nursed to health by Quasimodo. Quasimodo discovered that Phoebus and Esmerelda fell in love, and he became heartbroken, as he himself also had feelings for her. Frollo tricked Quasimodo, telling him that he discovered where the gypsies hideout was, The Court of Miracles. He told him his plan of sending a thousand men to destroy it. Quasimodo then unknowingly lead Frollo to the Court of Miracles using a map Esmerelda gave him. Frollo arrested all of the gypsies and sentenced Esmerelda to death by fire at the stake for witchcraft, but Quasimodo rescued her. Phoebus then started a rally against Frollo, freeing the gypsies and overpowering the guards. Quasimodo poured molten metal around the cathedral, but Frollo managed to enter. He pursued Quasimodo and Esmerelda, and he and Quasimodo fell over the balcony. Captain Phoebus fortunately caught Quasimodo while Frollo fell to his death into the molten metal. After everything settled down, Quasimodo accepted Esmerelda and Phoebus’ love and was accepted into society. In this paper, the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be judged as an excellent Disney movie using a series of set criteria. It will be judged based on its screenplay, soundtrack, art, and cinematography. This…show more content…
According to Brian Tyler, the composer of the score of the movie Truth, “ A great score invisibly gets the audience to feel what is unspoken while at the same time clarifying and streamlining storyline” (Tyler). A good score does not get in the way of the movie, it blends in with the scene, creating the right atmosphere that the movie wants. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, being a musical film, also has musical numbers with lyrics. These songs should have lyrics that either furthers the plot of the movie or clarifies and reveals to us something new about the characters, like how they feel and what is going on in their minds. Many of the tracks in the movie has two parallel contrasting sides to the song, a part that is happy and light, and a part that is
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