The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996 movie)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Directed byGary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
Produced byDon Hahn
Written byTab Murphy
Irene Mecchi
Bob Tzudiker
Noni White
Jonathan Roberts
Based onThe Hunchback of Notre-Dame
by Victor Hugo
Starring
Music byAlan Menken
David Newman
Edited byEllen Keneshea
Production
company
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • June 21, 1996 (1996-06-21)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$100 million[1]
Box office$325.3 million[1]

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1996 American animated musical drama movie. It was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 34th Disney animated movie. The movie is based on Victor Hugo's novel of the same name. The story is about Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his struggle to gain acceptance into society.

Directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale and produced by Don Hahn, the movie's voice cast features Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline, Paul Kandel, Jason Alexander, Charles Kimbrough, David Ogden Stiers, and Mary Wickes in her final movie role. Produced during a period known as the Disney Renaissance, the movie is considered to be one of Disney's darkest animated movie because its narrative explores such mature themes as infanticide, lust, damnation, genocide, and sin, despite the changes made from the original source material in order to ensure a G rating received by the MPAA. The musical score was written by Alan Menken, with songs written by Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who had previously collaborated on Pocahontas, released the year before.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released on June 21, 1996 to largely positive reviews and was a commercial success, grossing over $325 million worldwide and becoming the fifth highest-grossing release of 1996. The movie received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Menken's musical score. A darker, more Gothic stage adaptation of the movie, was rewritten and directed by James Lapine and produced by Walt Disney Theatrical in Berlin, Germany, as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame, and ran from 1999 to 2002. A direct-to-video sequel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, was released in 2002.

Released Date & Premiered[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Canada June 21, 1996
 Mexico June 21, 1996
 United States June 21, 1996
 Japan August 24, 1996
 Turkey January 24, 1997

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  2. Stewart, Jocelyn (February 10, 2008). "Artist created many famous film posters". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 10, 2008.