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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Just watched Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame for the first time. Not sure how I missed seeing it the last 14 years. From what I understand, the original novel was seriously, seriously Disneyfied, but taken on its own it was enjoyable. The music is pretty forgetable, and there were the obligatory wise-cracking sidekicks, but the animation of the cathedral made me want to see the real thing, and from a story point of view I really liked the trio of Quasimodo, Esmeralda and Phoebus. Plus some of the lines made me LOL, especially Phoebus':

"Is this the Court of Miracles?"
"Offhand, I'd say it's the Court of Ankle-deep Sewage."

"Why is it, whenever we meet, I end up bleeding?"

From a marketing standpoint, Disney doesn't include Esmeralda in their 'princesses' canon, but she is seriously kick-ass.

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The 1939 film is unforgettable. (It's frequently marveled at, how 1939 was a year such as Hollywood never saw before or since. Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Hunchback - the list of blowout hits is astounding.)