Le Rebels Notre Dame in Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
I was watching this crappy anime called Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, which means Wolf Girl and Black Prince and I saw in the background Le Rebels Notre Dame. It was really nothing but I have so many question. Like what is it supposed to be? Even my meager French skills knows it poor grammar which the irony of my own english grammar is not lost on me. But is it a play or a cafe or shop?
Maybe it’s a reference? There is a High School in Missouri that is called Notre Dame Rebels but I doubt that is it. Once I figured out how to write it in Japanese I found mostly random pictures of motorcycles and Moomin stuff, which is pretty great. So I have no idea what this means but the fact that saw in the background is pretty good.
Recently I became a fan of Modern Family and as I’m watching season 2 episode 6, just named Halloween we are treated to a Hunchback of Notre Dame reference, yay.
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron from the Halloween episode of Modern Family
In the episode Cameron makes mentions to his traumatic Halloween of his youth. At the end of episode as the Halloween is being ruined, Cam shares his story and I’m going off of memory to recount it. He was dressed up as Quasimodo. His friend took a whole bowl of candy as the ran off Cam’s Quasi Hunch got caught on a rose bush as his friend got away but every went after Cam saying ” Get Quasimodo” and them Cam wet his pants. Poor Cam
Also as an added bonus Jay is dressed as a Gargoyle. And the show makes other reference to Hunchback so double Yay!
I was over a friend’s house and we decided to play this game a call Smart Ass. It’s a trivia card game and it’s really fun. So it was mine turn to read one of the cards and the player who guessed the answer right landed a bonus tile, so I had to read a card from the hard-ass pile. On card you have a choice of two questions and I kid you not this is the card I drew to read.
Quasimodo Card from the game Smart Ass
Even though I knew the player knew the answer I had to pick the Hunchback reference. Smart Ass is also really fun, I would recommend it plus it has a Hunchback reference so clearly it’s awesome.
I won the first game, and the next two games I kept getting bad rolls that forced me back three spaces but it’s a really fun game. Photo credit to my pal Jackie ^^.
For those of you who read the blog, you know I like Final Fantasy. I have been playing the franchise’s second MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV; A Realm Reborn. FF14 has a lot of references to a lot of things for titles of quests. I was doing a quest to level up one of my classes and the quest was called Topsy-Turvy Time. For the quest you just have to gather scaffolding logs, hence the name.
Topsy-Turvy Time Levequest
I don’t know about you but when I hear the words “Topsy-Turvy” I go to the Disney song right away. Is it a direct reference to Hunchback? Only the localization team knows for certain but I think it is and that all that matters.
There could be more references to Hunchback in game but I’m sure there are more Disney ones.
In the episode the character try to give Pam an intervention for her addiction to cocaine. They try her up but her breaks free and grabs Cheryl. As Pam carries Cheryl some very Notre Dame-esque stairs Cheryl says “So, please don’t take this the wrong way– because I’m loving being your Esmeralda.”
Cheryl also said when Pam grabbed her “This is only somewhat like that old Gypsy woman said…!” Not quite a reference but whatever
In Episode 3 of the fourth season of Legend of Korra, Prince Wu is talking about his cornation having aerobatic bell ringers. Now be honest, when you hear Aerobatic Bell Ringers who do you think of? Quasimodo!
Quasimodo during Out There Disney Hunchback of Notre Dame
Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister & Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones
I was reading the fourth Book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Feast for Crows, A Song of Ice and Fire is great series and what the HBO show Game of Thrones is adapted from.
In the fourth Cersei chapter, Cersei says that Tyrion could be hiding in the Baelor’s Sept, their big important church, swinging on the bell rope. Tyrion, who is the coolest, is Dwarf who is considered to be not too good looking and he has deformities. The implication of Tyrion “swinging from the bell rope” is clearly an homage to our pal Quasimodo.
Recently, I read The Disaster Artist which is an inside look at the making of The Room, which is called the Citizen Kane of bad films. If you haven’t seen it, see it! The Disaster Artist is also a very compelling read.
Fairly early in the book authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell liken The Room’s mastermind Tommy Wiseau to Quaismodo saying that Wiseau looks like “the Hunchback of Notre Dame following corrective surgery.” This is allegory is almost too true. Could you imagine Tommy Wiseau playing Quasimodo? That would amazing!
Did you know Quasimodo was in a Christmas special from the 1980’s? He was in the Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration which aired in 1987. That’s right Quasimodo is made of clay here.
Quasimodo from Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration
In it Quasimodo, who has a Beethoven vibe going on which is disconcerting, is conducting choir bells who are performing Carol of the Bells and one dumb bell (ha get it) is making him mad for not taking it seriously. Quasimodo wins in the end though.
In the first episode of 7th season of the 30 Rock we are treated to a Hunchback reference. Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy are talking about the new fall shows and one of them is called “hunchback “ which is meant to parody all the sexy vampire shows. It uses the water scene from the 1923 version. It stars Jonathan Silverman as Dr Fantastico. I have no idea what that means. But I love 30 Rock and was so happy to this reference.