…and the quest to see everything

Hunchback of Notre Dame ’86

ph. Burbank DVD

Mom came home with a DVD of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Not the Disney one, the Charles Laughton one nor the silent one. Turns out it’s from a Australian company that released the movie in 1986 and the guy who does the voice for Quasimodo is this Canadian guy who has a lot of acting work in Australia. His Quasimodo sounds like Laughton too. I like the shaded-in quality of the colour, which isn’t the way animation does colour today. The colours that dominate the movie are mostly brown and gray, depicting a Paris gritty like every Medieval European city, centuries before it became fashionable. And the way they coloured the bell is amazing.

This is my first time seeing a full adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel. There’s Quasimodo and his damsel of distress Esmeralda, fighting against the mob who judge them for their appearances. Oh, and where all the male leads have to do is talk funny and people think they’re great, Angela Punch McGregor has the difficult task of playing Esmeralda, and she fails. Her tone doesn’t change whether in distress or not. She doesn’t even sound convincingly in distress when needed.

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8 responses

  1. My fave is still the version where Maureen O’Hara plays Esmeralda. It’s as if they’d filmed it when the book takes place. So haunting.

    December 5, 2010 at 6:09 pm

  2. There’s also one where Merle Oberon plays Esme too, right?

    December 5, 2010 at 11:12 pm

  3. Carolina

    Hi 🙂 Are the gargoyles animated characters in this movie? I saw the film when I was little but I don’t remember. Thanks!

    February 3, 2012 at 4:28 am

  4. gabriella

    I really want to see this film again as i saw it when i was a kid. Where can I find it?

    October 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    • It’s hard to find. The fact that I found it without even looking for it was a miracle in itself. Hopefully it’s online?

      October 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm

  5. gabriella

    I’ve looked everywhere 😦 cant you like record it with ur cellphone or something because it’s really rare.. i watched it when i was like 5 and still remember how scary i thought it was. Also had it on VHS but my mom says we don’t have it anymore:(

    October 27, 2012 at 6:48 am

  6. Leyla

    hello 😀 where can i find this movie

    October 27, 2012 at 7:06 am

  7. Jake

    I haven’t seen this movie but I looks good. I’m also surprised someone made a Hunchback of Notre Dame cartoon movie long before Disney-which is my favorite version but Ill check this one out.

    May 27, 2013 at 9:59 pm

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