The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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A couple scenes may frighten very little ones if Mom or Dad aren’t there to reassure; three stone gargoyles who hang from the Cathedral parapets, come to life to befriend the unloved Quasimodo - although these three are far from fearsome, some consider gargoyles satanic; one sequence has the villain singing his frustrated desire over Esmeralda in the midst of fiery flames - this may cause questions from the little ones; the three lead men are each enamored of Esmeralda, bringing sexuality into this production, but I felt it was handled tastefully; the film deals with the suppression of the masses, but is far tamer than Hugo’s tragic themed book.May 20th, 2015 · Details
Really good Disney film and has one of the best intros ever to a movie! I absolutely love the beginning! Frollo is a great, but surprisingly dark, villain for this Disney movie. I've always been a big fan of "Hunchback".January 1st, 2015 · Details
I will admit this film is darker than other Disney films in the animated section but it's actually a very good Disney movie. They put the story in a nice way and still has songs that are very good. I believe it's sort of something different from Disney that I thought worked out very well.December 13th, 2013 · Details
Significantly more violent and sexy than the Disney baseline, this depiction of the titular Hunchback's tale is nonetheless dramatically toned down for children compared to the classic novel.
For example, the novel's depiction of general societal corruption and decadence is in the film combined down into a single lustful, self-righteous Catholic priest who personifies the adage that power corrupts. One of the songs is entirely dedicated to his perception that a gypsy dancer must be evil because she has somehow made him lust after her, a deeply disturbing depiction of realistic villainous motive (namely, sexual coercion).
That plus overt discrimination against gypsies, a primary good guy getting violently bloodied in combat, and a perpetual threats against life and limb place this film on the mature side of PG, if not edging it into PG-13.July 14th, 2013 · Details
Solid Pg-13 for multiple scenes of violent content which include: A woman dying from being slammed against the steps of a cathedral, arrow puncture, hazing style abuse of the title character, Bad guy falling to a firey death and more. this is not a children's show. It is dark and serious most of the time. Attempts are made at lightening it up with the gargoyles. but to no avail. But to no avale. Overrall the message and artistic beauty of the film are really good. But only for adults.June 1st, 2012 · Details
It's a pretty good movie but the characters do say some bible words that may be upsetting to little kids. I think it should've been rated PG just for some bible words they've said and for some of the abuse scenes with Quasimodo and the Esmeralda fire stake burning scene. And the battle scenes at the Church.March 22nd, 2012 · Details