Archive for August 16, 2012

Ranking Disney: #29 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

I have an interesting history with this film. I’d never seen it until junior year of college, when some friends decided they really wanted to watch it. So, I sat with them, in my room, on Halloween night, 2008, watching this (before I went out and got shitfaced, but you know).

I remember watching it and thinking that it was okay, but was definitely not the classic Disney I remembered from when I was a kid. And in the three years between that night and when I saw it for these articles, my opinion of it went down considerably. I just didn’t remember it as a good film, and I was perfectly ready to put this very low on this list. Very low. I think I originally shortlisted it high-30s, and then at one point it was as low as like, 41. But the time came for me to actually watch it and find a specific place for it, and, I have to say — I was very surprised at how good this actually is.

I’m not sure why I didn’t think this was very good, but, after watching it again, I realize that my idea of the Disney Renaissance ending in 1995 wasn’t the case at all. (It ended in 2000.) This is a very solid film all-around, the the worst thing I can say about it is — why the hell isn’t it on Blu-ray yet?

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Pic of the Day: “What’s going on? Why aren’t you seizing the boy?” “I have a big head and little arms. I’m just not sure how well this plan was thought through.”