Just like in 2010 the Original Cast of Notre dame are set to perform another Notre Dame de Paris Concert in Kiev this evening December 2011. That means there are at least two peformance of the show, the Original cast and the Asian Tour Cast, Kind of Neat Huh?Hopefully we’ll get to see some decent video on Youtude ^^Follow thehunchblog
Quasimodo and Madeline are suppose to be two sides of the some coin. They both have the same up-bringing, raised by someone whose only motivation to do so was to use them in some way all the while being emotional abusive. The difference is Madeline is pretty and Quasimodo is not. However they are quite different, Madeline is ambitious as she wants to walk the tight tope and Quasimodo’s only real ambition is to be in a relationship, and that’a the MAJOR problem with this relationship.
Quasimodo will say and do anything to get Madeline to like him. Really, he would have done the same thing with Esmeralda. But this blatant desire for a relationship makes Quasimodo creepy and he completely rushes the relationship. I think the movie spans like two days. Quasimodo pursues her like she the last chopper out of Nam and tries to convince her that he is beautiful on the inside. In fact that is what their whole first date is about, how Quasimodo is awesome and shame on her for judging him. However Quasimodo is just as guilty of judging people on their looks. He claims that he think there more to her but he comments on her looks. And Madeline is no innocent player either, she is using Quasimodo. First, because she has to as her boss wants the stupid bell but she also uses him as source of both redemption and self-worth. Both are bad things to use other people for.
As far as a love story goes, it’s a horrible one. Quasimodo manipulates a girl with low-esteem into believing that they’re in love. He tells her that thinks “there is more more to her” but what Quasimodo thinks this “something more” is, is not known. It really just seems that Quasimodo just says whatever it is that people want to hear (Frollo’s Training). Had he said what it was that he saw in her beyond her face it would have given the love story more depth. As a result of bad writing, this love story is weak and shallow. Quasimodo says the right thing to hook the girl and is blessed that she is dumb enough not to ask for any follow-up questions about said deeper attributes (though I sure if Quasimodo had any they would have been wholesome – perverts). And on Madeline’s end, she thinks she found someone who think she is more than a pretty face, too bad she is wrong though.
The reason for this film’s existent is to give Quasimodo a love story and the love they gave him is shallow, empty, and hollow, which make the this movie worthless.
Next Time – What the Disney Corporation should have done with a sequel to Hunchback, but before that a special article, an interlude if you will.Follow thehunchblog
After I did the Esmeralda My Little Pony Fan-art, I knew I wanted to do more and someone search for Fleur de Lys My Little Pony so I figured why not.
It’s based off Fleur de Lys from Notre Dame de Paris. Kind of makes me want to do an Esmeralda Notre Dame de Paris Pony. If you want to use it please credit the Hunchblog.
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Every now and again I get hits from people searching odd questions. So I’m going to start answering your searched questions. I’m going to answer these questions with the all the academic-ness/pedantic-ness I can muster (it’s more fun that way)
The first one I noticed was the question of who is uglier Quasimodo or Big Bird? A very interesting question to be sure. The answer comes down to a simple matter of opinion but that is cop-out response so let’s go deeper and really answer this aged-old question. First thing, is which Quasimodo should we compare Big Bird against? Not all Quasimodo as created equal some are very ugly and deformed, some are cute, and some are handsome and just have low self-esteem. So to be fair let’s go to the source Victor Hugo’s Quasimodo. In the novel Quasimodo is decribed as having a horse-shoe mouth, a small left eye with bushy red eyebrow, a right eye that’s completely hidden by a monstrous wart, uneven broken teeth with gaps that project out like tusks, callous lips, and forked chin. He was also described ” a giant who had been broken and badly put together again.” Big Bird is a perpetually 6 year old 8-foot, 2-inch yellow bird.
Now beauty maybe in the eyes of the beholder but there are certain truths that lie within aesthetics. Symmetry is a big one. Facial Symmetry denotes health and from an evolutionary stand point anything that denotes a healthy being is worthy of mating and thus becomes a sign of beauty. Quasimodo’s looks as described by Hugo is in total opposition to symmetry and that is why Quasimodo triumphs over Big Bird in the Ugly department, at least Hugo’s Quasimodo. Sorry Big Bird.
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Back in November I started a series of for hypotherical casting for Hunchback musicals or movie. If you have any thoughts on ideal casting for Hunchback or Notre Dame de Paris leave a comment or spend an e-mail ( button at the bottom).
(Note – since this is hypothetical, People can be living or dead)
So for an Esmeralda in a movie, I think Hugarian actress Erika Marozsan would make a good Esmeralda. She has the right look for the role and she is a decent actress. Though in truth I’ve only seen her in one movie, Gloomy Sunday, but she was great in it(it’s one of my favorites). They only fault that she has is that she a little old for the role, as Esmeralda should be played by someone who can pass for 16 years old, but that’s if you want to adhere closely with the book and let’s face what Hunchback adapation follows the book very closely.
Do you an idea of who should play who in a Hunchback adaptation?
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The Music in the Hunchback Sequel is bad but it’s not the worse aspect. The worse aspect is the animation and the art style. Everything is lackluster from the colors, to characters’ movements and looks. Even the in-between animation, which typically isn’t supposed to be anything spectacular, makes the characters either look deformed or derpy (pardon the meme). It all seems like there was no joy in this project on the part of the animators, like it was something they did because they had.
Sequel in-between frames
Original in-between frame
The movie was animated by Walt Disney Animation (Japan). And as it happen that Disney Japan expertise lies in there action scenes, which is an odd pairing seeing how the climax of this movie is a woman picking up a child. No battles, no fights. No wonder the animators appear not to interested in this project, they probably wanted to get it over and done with.
I think the animation is one of the biggest problems with this movie along with many of the other Direct to release Disney movies. If a movie is terrible you can forgive it if it’s pretty, but if it lacks any redeemable qualities how can people like it? Actually there is a question, Does the Sequel have any redeemable qualities that makes it enjoyable? People may argue Quasimodo and Madeline finding love, but is the love interesting and good?
Next Time -Let’s answer that question. L’histoire d’amour de Quasimodo et de Madeline
Special Bonus Picture;
This is joke, Yoko and Ono are common Japanese names…just thought it was a little funny that a Yoko Ono worked on the movie.
This Video I found on Youku and it’s of Matt Laurent (Quasimodo) and Candice Parise (Esmeralda) singing an excerpt of “The Birds they put in Cages” from the English version of Notre Dame de Paris. This is not a perforrmance of the show but a concert for a crowd. Please forgive the Audio and Visuals but it’s better than nothing right? Enjoy
I’m going to give Parise and Laurent a pass on judgement till better audio clip comes around. (though I hear clips Laurent singing the role before) but I have a feeling Parise belts Esmeralda as did Tina Arena, which I do not care for but for know not going to pass judgement or criticism.Follow thehunchblog
So the 2011 Asian Tour Cast has ended in it’s first location of Guangzhou, China and it’s heading to Shanghai. The show premires there on the 2nd (which techinally today-the day of the post) and it will be there till December 24. So if you’re in Shanghai go see it ^^
I will say that I find it funny that a big selling point of the show for the Asian Tour is William Jenning’s lyrics. William Jenning, of course is a well regraded lyricist who wrote the lyrics for “My Heart will go on” but the english lyrics in this show are terrible for the most part and yet that it’s a big selling point. *shakes head in disappointment*
This video I feel remissed in not posting till now. This video uses the Bollywood Film Devdas , and it’s made by me. I used to edit to Devdas all the time because franky it’s a pretty movie. This video is the symphonic version of Belle. I did this video as an experiment to learn Final Cut Express and trying to be slightly narrative. Anyway Enjoy
There are other Devdas videos to Notre Dame de Paris, I’ll post those sometime soon ^^