So I don’t know how many of you are Disney fanatics like I am, but I used to LOVE The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Admittedly, I remember some scenes did frightened me, but that was part of the thrill of the film. Besides, the real reason anyone (me) watches movies as a child is for the music–and to sing along (is that only me too? Oh. Alright.).
It’s been years since I actually watched the movie, however. Don’t get me wrong–I’ve been keeping up PLENTY on my Disney addiction. Beauty and the Beast is my go-to, feel-good movie. (Inner Child Age = 5yrs old) However, in the last few weeks, I’ve been on a real Disney music kick, and I have to admit, if there is one film whose music trumps all other Disney films’ music, (as far as number of catchy tunes goes) it’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. So today, while folding laundry, I decided to kill the time by watching the film. Now, I know the film has some incredibly dark themes, and I’ve been warned before by friends that there are several things in the film that you don’t pick up as a child, but–
Seriously guys, what is wrong with this movie?
I haven’t even made it through the first half of the film, and already I am wondering how my parents ever let me watch this thing. I even had a little suitcase with Esmeralda on it as a child; little did I know I was rolling around a depiction of Disney’s most obvious sex symbol. Yeesh.
And what about that Frollo dude, I mean, right? He’s got the creep turned up to x1000 and constantly lives on the edge…of sexual assault and harassment. Not to mention he’s a lying, murdering, sacrilegious crow-like character. Seriously, take a look at this dude, if you think your eyes can handle it:
(Btw: while looking this photo up, I realized that there are, for some reason beyond my comprehension, a lot of fan-made pictures of this guy with several other female characters from a variety of Disney films. Weird. Totally weird.)
But despite the alarming number of un-kid-friendly things going on in this film, I couldn’t help but make continuous connections back to Tangled. I know what you’re thinking–Tangled, really? That is just beyond insane.
What does this:
Have to do with this:
Well, for starters, Quasimodo seems to have a very Rapunzel-like conundrum in being FORBIDDEN from leaving his bell tower in Notre Dame. Not that, like Rapunzel, he listens to his “master”–Frollo–just as Rapunzel doesn’t listen to her mother. In fact, I seem to recall that Frollo and Mother Gothel lay some very similiar reasons for why both Quasimodo and Rapunzel should never venture outside of their towers.
Flynn Rider and Phoebus also seem to share many of the same character traits, if it wasn’t obvious from things like this:
I mean, it sort of makes sense that Disney would look for influence in the one other film that deals with that creepy, weird relationship between parent/abductor/oppressor and not-your-real-child/oppressed-yet-strangely-still-normal-and-independent
Well, whether I’ve made my point or not, I think I’ve dwelled on the useless topic long enough. But, if you have any of your own thoughts about this, other Disney films, or even which film you think has the best music, please contribute a comment below!