Disneys Hunchback of Notre Dame

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My son recently became enthralled with Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame from 1996, and I watched it again with him after not having seen it since it was first released thirteen years ago.  When I first saw the film I was still a teenager, and I didn’t remember how dark the undertones of the movie were.  From the subtle indications of torture, whipping, genocide the film is actually the darkest Disney film I have ever seen.  I couldn’t believe I didn’t realize how dark it was back then.

However the film to me is just simply superb, it feels like an opera (like Phantom) and really draws your emotions out.  Only serves to remind me that Disney has been making exceptional films for more than fifty years and if they can make this dark of an animated film, it shows that Marvel is in good hands with Disney and I am certain we can expect good things for Marvel films and cartoons in the future.

-Justin Germino

Updated: September 5, 2009 — 6:25 pm