Humiliation Conga : Ironically after Frollo's guards incite a riot and torture Quasimodo they suffer one themselves by falling down after getting hit in the family jewels and beaten into unconsciousness. It happens again in the later battle. Ignored Epiphany : The Archdeacon calls out Frollo for committing murder of an innocent woman and going after her baby.
He says no matter what Frollo does, the eyes of Notre Dame are watching him, and tells him to atone for his mistake by raising the baby as his own. It seems to work at first, as Frollo gains an Oh, Crap! In the "Hellfire" sequence, Frollo realizes that his lust for Esmeralda is driving him to sinful acts.
Rather than using this moment of self-awareness to tone down his cruelty, he instead blames Esmeralda for being sexy and God for allowing temptation to exist, and then, free of actually being at fault for any of his wrongdoing, resolves to burn down all of Paris to find her. Improbable Aiming Skills : Frollo tells his soldiers to not hit his horse when stopping Phoebus. To their credit they DON'T hit the horse! Clopin holds the A of Esmeralda's name for an incredibly long time in "Topsy Turvy" too. From the stage show, the last line of "Made of Stone".
Also, the characters' personalities have all been drastically reworked. While there are scenes that echo events from the book, even these appear in mixed-up order, or are performed by different characters, changing their context. Disney's Hunchback is probably better considered as an update of the film, with which it has many similarities.
In the Hood : Esmeralda uses a cloak to disguise herself and evade the guards. Infernal Background : The song "Hellfire," where Frollo sings about his Villainous Crush on Esmeralda, is sung in front of a fireplace. Later, it's backed by Inverted with Quasimodo and Phoebus, whose names have been de-ironized. In the book, Quasimodo is called such because Frollo finds him on Quasimodo Sunday, with its meaning of "half-formed" an ironic coincidence; in this film, Frollo gives Quasimodo the name because he's a Jerkass. Also, Phoebus' name, meaning "sun god", is meant to contrast with his cowardice and dickishness in the novel; in this film, though, Phoebus is legitimately heroic.
It's Quiet Too Quiet : [ While searching for the Court of Miracles ] Phoebus: Speaking of trouble, we should have run into some by now. Quasimodo: What do you mean? Phoebus: You know, a guard, a booby trap Or an ambush. Frollo : Shall we review your alphabet today? Quasimodo : Oh, yes, Master. I would like that very much. Frollo : Very well: A. Quasimodo : Abomination. Frollo : B? Quasimodo : Blasphemy. Frollo : C? Quasimodo [ nervously ]: C-C-Contrition. Frollo : D? Quasimodo : Damnation. Frollo : E?
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Quasimodo : Eternal damnation. Frollo : F? Quasimodo : Festival. Frollo [ gives Quasimodo an angry stare ] Excuse me? Quasimodo : F-f-forgiveness. Frollo: Can stone Quasimodo: No, it can't. Dark was the night when our tale was begun On the docks near Notre Dame. Four frightened gypsies slid silently un- -der the docks near Notre Dame. And these are crimes for which the world has little pity You do not comprehend. You are my one defend- -er.
Out there they'll revile you as a monster. Out there they will hate and scorn and jeer. Why invite their calumny and conster- -nation? Stay in here. Out there, sitting in the sun, Give me one day Out there; all I ask is one, To hold forever Out there, where they all live un- -aware What I'd give, what I'd dare Just to live one day out there.
Whatever their pitch, you Can feel them bewitch you, The rich and the ritu- -al knells Of the bells of Notre Dame. Hugo: Paris, the City of Lovers, is glowing this evening. True, that's because it's on fire, but still, there's l'amour. Oblivious to Love : Esmeralda has no idea of Quasimodo's crush. Obsession Song : "Hellfire" again. Frollo when he realizes his soul is in danger after the Archdeacon scolds him for killing Quasimodo's mother.
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Quasi when he suddenly runs into Frollo and then accidentally gives away his intention to attend the Festival of Fools. One of the gypsies very clearly has this expression when Frollo first arrives in the Court of Miracles. Frollo also has it after Quasimodo throws down a wooden block that smashes his carriage.
Frollo when he comes face to face with the demon that drags him into the molten lead for his death, probably also realizing God has passed judgment on him. Ominous Latin Chanting : Given the setting, this happens often. A good deal of it is during Frollo's Villain Song where it quotes Latin Catholic prayers — in particular, the confiteor , which serves as a nice counterpoint to Frollo's Never My Fault attitude.
It's not my fault Mea culpa I'm not to blame Mea culpa It is the gypsy girl, the witch who set this flame Mea maxima culpa It's not my fault Mea culpa If in God's plan Mea culpa He made the devil so much stronger than a man!
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Mea maxima culpa. DVD commentary: Here's some more of our ham-fisted symbolism—Frollo falls down in the shape of a crucifix! Phoebus: Citizens of Paris! Frollo has persecuted our people! Ransacked our city! And now, he has declared war on Notre Dame herself!
Phoebus: With all due respect, sir, I wasn't trained to murder the innocent. Will we allow it!? Citizens: NO! Phoebus: With all due respect, sir, I was not trained to murder the innocent.
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Frollo: But you were trained to follow orders. Frollo: The sentence for insubordination is death. Hopefully, it will help others rediscover and appreciate this classic a little bit more. Hunchback had a set of very unconventional characters for a Disney film : Quasimodo, the deformed protagonist; Esmeralda, the spirited gypsy; Phoebus, the rebellious soldier; and Frollo, the lascivious and oppressing judge.
From the get-go, the film lets us know through no uncertain terms that this is not your typical Disney movie. But not only does the film stand out for choosing to go forward with a cast of characters that defy the norms of appearance and behavior. The characters are also inherently imperfect in a way that many classic animated characters rarely are. Quasimodo, despite being the tragic figure we are supposed to root for, is also a reluctant hero. He can be stubborn, rude, and even defeatist, as seen in his interactions with Phoebus and his initial unwillingness to help Esmeralda once she chooses the soldier.
Likewise, Esmeralda and Phoebus have shades of gray to them. Esmeralda, for example, has problems trusting in people outside the gypsies, which makes her initial interactions with Phoebus charged with suspicion despite his willingness to aid her. Although he helps Esmeralda in the shadows, he has no problem seeing the Judge almost drown a group of innocent gypsies in order to find her. Frollo is an interesting villain, as he is both god-fearing and intelligent, yet also cruel and manipulative.
And it should be remembered that long before Mother Gothel insulted and humiliated Rapunzel into submission while raising her, Frollo had done the same to Quasimodo after almost taking his life while he was merely an infant. Unlike Maleficent, Jafar, Ursula, etc.
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Instead, he is terrifying because he could be real , and he holds a position of power given to him by the law —considering that he is a Judge in this version of the tale. A good example of this is Esmeralda. As a non-white character, she still suffers from the sexualized exoticism that pervaded the design of persons of color during the 90s think of Jasmine, Pocahontas, and The Girl in The Jungle Book long before them.
However, she is still a step forward in the right direction, as she is assertive, strong, fearless and compassionate. Seeing her stand up to Frollo and claim justice as Quasimodo is publicly humiliated after his coronation as the King of Fools, is a powerful moment that can inspire children —and adults- to use their voice in favor of those who are being oppressed.