I’ve never seen Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Like most right-thinking people, I gave up on Disney’s animated features in the 90s after Lion King. They all hit the same formula after that.
But I’ve always been amused at how Disney has buried the movie. Not completely. (It’s no “Black Cauldron”/”Song of the South”.) They did issue a Blu-ray of it at one point. They didn’t give it a special designation of any sort, and they rehashed the DVD’s special features for it, but at least they released it.
But while the movie’s contemporaries occupy a regular spot in the rotation on the Disney Channel — Mulan, Hercules, and their sequels — “Hunchback” is noticeably absent.
This article probably explains why:
“I now want to point out that this Disney movie has a song in which the villain sings that he will either rape the main female character or burn her at the stake, because his lust for her is driving him insane. As he sings the song, he sees a vision of her dancing in his fire, and although it is obvious that usually this fiery image is clothed, there are moments when that doesn’t so much seem to be the case.”
That’s the Disney song titled “Hellfire.”
“Hellfire.” The Disney song. About FIRE from HELL.
Yikes, what were they thinking?
The movie is available on Netflix, as is its direct-to-DVD sequel. Might be worth a watch now, just without my daughter…
Also, they might be working on bringing “Disney’s Hunchback” back to Broadway, too. Weird.