Esmeralda from Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Esmeralda from Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame

Last Month Disney had a vote for people to vote for which characters the would like to see at the Disney land park. One of the options was Esmeralda, Clopin and Frollo and I’m happy to say that they won.

The other winners were;
-From “Pocahontas” – Pocahontas, John Smith, Meeko and Governor Ratcliffe
-From “Robin Hood” – Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Prince John and Sheriff of Nottingham
– And Scrooge McDuck and Ludwig Von Drake

 

They will only be there til April 14th so if you go see them,

Source; http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/04/long-lost-disney-friends-coming-to-disneyland-park-for-limited-time-magic-april-8-14/

BIG NEWS!

Alan Rickman picture image

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman has been  confirmed to play Frollo in the upcoming Hunchback movie. I think this really great casting as he fits  Frollo perfectly. Finally something good about the Brolin version.

 

Check out this site to read all about;

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/Alan-Rickman-plays-Frollo-Hunchback-011831

 

Hunchback of Notre Dame Graphic Novel by Tim A Conrad

Hunchback of Notre Dame Graphic Novel by Tim A Conrad

Today marks the release of Tim Conrad’s Graphic Novel version of Hunchback of Notre Dame.  So far it’s gotten mixed reviews but I’ll you  be the judge of it that till I get my hands on it and find something the comment on (other than Esmeralda’s red hair).

Click here to order it from Amazon

 

Sony Pictures Animation  is releasing a new 3-d movie called  Hotel Transylvania. It’s about a hotel for monsters and the character of Quasimodo is it. Quasimodo is played by Jon Lovitz and is a gourmet cook.

Quasimodo as a monster archetype comes out the 1923 reputation, so this interpertation of Quasimodo has nothing to do with the book. The fact that he’s a gourmet chef is more of a  parody of the French than Quasimodo. However since this movie isn’t about Quasimodo and him being a straight-up monster and a chef doesn’t bother me

Quasimodo in Hotel Transylvania picture image

Quasimodo in Hotel Transylvania

My biggest annoynace is the design of Quasimodo. For a character that is famous for being deformed and ugly he sure looks normal albeit slightly ugly but not up to standards for the character. I mean look at this eyes, where his protrusion? Even cutesy Disney Quasimodo got that much. It’s a bad character design when the identifiable characteristic are his legs and feet.  If it wasn’t for the legs and the shoes I wouldn’t believe this as Quasimodo. For a movie about monsters they could have made him look more like a monster but they didn’t. I have to wonder though, for a movie about a haven for monsters where no humans are allowed, how do they explain Quasimodo being there in the first place?

I have no issue with Jon Lovitz for the voice.  I loved him in The Critic and I’m sure he’ll be fine in this.

Hotel Transylvania hits theaters September 28, 2012. You can see Quasimodo at 1:32 in this trailer.

I think the movie looks entertaining enough. Not an original concept but seems silly.

 

 

 

Notre Dame de Paris 2012-2013 Tour picture image

Notre Dame de Paris 2012-2013 Tour

Good News! The English World Tour of Notre Dame de Paris has dates in Russia. It premires October 31 2012 the Crocus City Hall and lasts till November 4th.

When I hear more on dates and locations I’ll post them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2FLMZrXrng

Crocus City Hall 

General Entertainment Associates

Pictures and Trailer from the upcoming 2012 Les Misérables  movies. I’m still not sure on the casting and the production values seem a bit to  much like “Notice Me Academy”.

 

(Please Note –  I’m not as familiar with Les Mis so I may have misidentified  characters or actors)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7_pOyPYGUQ

How do you think Notre Dame de Paris would translate to a movie format? I think a cinematic treatment could be cool but the musical doesn’t have the best “narrative.”

Last week it was announced that July 9th and 10th the original cast was performing the Notre Dame de Paris Concert in Beirut. Now they have added three more Concerts in March 2013 in Kiev on March 5th, Moscow on the 7th and 8th and  St Petersburg  on March 10th. It was reported on http://jzenatti.forumactif.com/ and has been confirmed on Bruno Pelletier Facebook page.

Notre Dame de Paris Beirut Concerts 2012 picture image

Notre Dame de Paris Beirut Concerts 2012

Does anyone else find it curious that they’re holding the Kiev concert in March next year?The Concerts have been performed for the last two years in Kiev in December and now they’ll be March and no 2012 Kiev performance.  Though more of these concerts are a good thing so I’m happy.

Good news, July 9-10 The Original Notre Dame de Pris Troup (Garou, Helene Segara, Daniel Lavoie, Bruno Pelletier, Patrick Fiori, Luck Merville and Julie Zenatti ) will perform in Beirut, Lebanon.  For more info co this website; Evention

Notre Dame de Paris Beirut Concerts 2012 picture image

Notre Dame de Paris Beirut Concerts 2012

While this is great news, I just wonder how long it will take for one the Notre Dame de Paris concerts to be in Canada or for that matter somewhere in the Westren Hemisphere. I mean 4/7 of the original cast members are Canadians. And there is a decent number of past cast members who are from the Western Hemisphere. So when will it happen? I know there was a rumor last year about the Original Troupe performing in Montreal in the summer but Garou was in Cirque du Soleil, so that didn’t happen. But I hope it happens soon.

So I had said the Robert Marien, Matt Laurent, and Myriam Brousseau were in the World Tour Cast but it seems that they are in the Asian Tour 2011-2012 Cast. I Suppose with two English Tour cast information get a little confusing. Or Perhaps I’m Waaay off and was wrong about a World Tour.

Anyway here is the Cast of the 2011 Asian Tour Cast

Cast of Notre Dame de Paris Asian Tour 2011 picture image

Cast of Notre Dame de Paris Asian Tour 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confirmed Cast (Source) and (Source

Quasimodo – Matt Laurent
Esmeralda – Candice Parise
Frollo – Robert Marien
Gringoire – Dennis Ten Vergert
Phoebus – Stephen Webb
Clopin – Ian Carlyle
Fleur de Lys – Lilly-Jane Young

 

Alternates
Quasimodo/Frollo – Nigel Richards
Gringoire/Phoebus – Tim Driesen (Source)
Esmeralda/Fleur de Lys – Myriam Brousseau (Source)
Quasimodo/Clopin -Marc Akinfolarin

Unconfirmed
According to Twitter posts, Rachel Muldoon and Tom Muggeridge are in cast, my guess is that they maybe dancers but I don’t know, some how they’re are linked with the cast.

EDIT 6/25/12
There is a World Tour. It Starts October 31th in Russia. Tour will be English.

(((I’m sorry I got it wrong, but I’ll post something when (and if) and cast news is released on the 2012-2013 cast unless the Asian Tour is in fact the tour that General Entertaiment Associates meant and if that’s the case, why did the say it would be 2012-2013 when the Asian Tour only going to last for a reported 8-9 months? My guess is that the Asian Tour is the Tour Cast and General Entertaiment should have been more clear in their write up. But still it would be cool to have a world tour of Notre Dame de Paris)))

 

After some research (mainly trying to figure out a name from Chinese Characters @_@),  Candice Parise will be playing Esmeralda Asian Tour Cast.

Candice Parise singing in a Press Conference in China Esmeralda Notre Dame de Paris picture image

Candice Parise singing in a Press Conference in China