Next Character – Clopin – The Story Teller plus that Large life character who gets the big Musical Numbers
Clopin (voiced by Paul Kandel) is the Leader of The Court of Miracles, Master of Ceremonies and Story Teller of the film. He accomplishes all this with only about 8 minutes of screen/voice time in the movie. Amazing! Clopin also gets three song which means he sings the most songs in the film and each song is big and over the top. Despite his limited screen time Clopin exhibits a lot of personality. He’s fun loving, mischievous diplomatic, funny, and somewhat nice. He also has a puppet version of himself (he also has one of Frollo. Makes you think who else does Clopin have puppets of?)
Isn’t it Cute???
Examples of Clopin varoius roles: Master of Ceremonies The Court of Miracles, and Story Teller.
Clopin has looks very similar to Kuzco from the Emperor’s New Groove. Has a long pointy long face, straight long black hair, pointy nose, and thin. Clopin is older and has a few age lines, balding (a little bit) a beard, bushy eye brows and some missing teeth. Clopin gets two costumes, a performance look and a casual look. Unlike Esmeralda he is seen more in this performance outfit. It Harlequin that is purple and yellow with bells on his neck piece, a purple mask, and long back gloves. He has wears a purple hat with a big yellow feather. The hat is akin to the one that Thomas Mitchell wore in the 1939 version. Clopin casual costume looks similar to this performance garb but it all purple and less festive. He also wears the same hat. Like Esmeralda and Djali, Clopin also wears a single golden hoop earring. He cosplays (costume play) as Frollo. He also makes awesome expressions.
Clopin and Esmeralda have some connection to each other independent of being Gypsies and living in the Court of Miracles. Since Esmeralda performs with him in the Feast of Fool and she has some sway in the Court she must have some significant connection to Clopin. Since we’re given no back story for these two it’s impossible to know for certain. He either raised her, they’re related, or Esmeralda is just well liked in the Court of Miracles. I wish there was an answer but I guess this would have taken too much focus off of Quasimodo.
Like Phoebus, Clopin moonlights for the role of Gringoire. Gringoire in the book is a poet so in various versions Gringoire is a story teller, or the voice for the audience. Clopin fills this role, he tells the back story of Quasimodo and Frollo and reprises the theme of the film at the end.
Given his limited screen time there is not a ton that can be said for him as a character but he one of the most enjoyable characters in the film. He should have gotten more screen time!
The Gargoyles (shutters)
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I honestly think a back story for Clopin and Esmeralda would be great! It certainly would prove to be a rich tale.
Clopin is most certainly my most beloved character from this film! What I like about him though, is he’s so mysterious :P And yet, he’s very omniscient. He’s got a secret he’s not telling ;P To be honest, I don’t really want to learn more about his past, or his relationship with Esmerlda, because I don’t think that’s the point of his character- were not suposed to know anything about him!
I do agree on the idea of him getting his own spin off, but highly doubt it. I hate when Disney ignor’s all thier awesome sidekicks- there usally the BEST characters in the film!!! Dx Any how, enough of my blabbering, recap, Clopin. Best Disney character.
I agree I don’t think a backstory is important for Clopin, he doesn’t need one. I think i just had to complain about something ^^
I think Clopin and Esmeralda share a brother/sister relationship. He most likely raised her.
From the book itself, Esmeralda was not born a gypsy. She was born to Sister Gudule, and taken away by gypsies at a young age. In my “headcanon”, which combines both the Disney version and the book, Clopin’s parents were those at the beginning of the movie. As we know, two of them were taken by Frollo, and after that, he pursued the woman. Quasimodo wasn’t born to them; they somehow acquired him from another group.
So, I assume that both of Clopin’s “parents” were killed, as we never see the other two taken at the beginning ever again, during the course of the movie. From there, Esmeralda had already been taken, and Clopin would have had to become a very young king, adopting Esmeralda as his younger sister.
Like I said, this is my explanation for their relationship, but I think it could work out, if you’ve done some in-depth studying like I have. XD
Clopin appreciates the puppets on a much deeper level than you!