Like most of the other elements in the Jetlag version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame the animation is just lazy. But more than that it’s dull and joyless.
First, the colors. They’re dull and muddy. If it was meant to be stylistic, it failed but I don’t think it was. I think the color story was done quickly and without much thought.
Second, the repeat animation. Quite often in this movie the animation will repeat frames of animation for what seems like an eon. It does this because it has to padded out the story. The movie also does this with still frames. The effect of this method is sheer boredom. It’s almost painful to have to sit there a watch baby Quasimodo wiggling around for a few seconds.
Three, the movement of the characters. It’s awkward, weird and sort of jolty. Nothing looks smooth or fluid. Also the lip sync is bad. It gets very annoying. In fact at one point Fleur de Lys is talking but nothing in coming out of her mouth. This could be the dub cutting dialogue or repeat animation. Take your pick, either choice is the result of laziness.
More than that the screen composition and framing is just really dull and not interesting to look at. It just feels lazy, rushed and joyless which just further the boredom that this movie brings on.
The animation is just so soulless. There is not joy or style in it and it really makes the movie feel so much longer that 40 minutes.
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