This Blog is dedicated to reviewing and analyzing the different  adaptations of Victor’s Hugo novel Notre Dame de Paris aka The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  There are dozens of retelling of the novel ranging from movies, cartoons, musicals, ballets, and operas. Some are considered masterpieces and some are not. Some are vastly popular and beloved and even more are unknown.

So why review the various adaptations of this particular novel?  It’s a story that is known throughout the world but at the same time it’s misunderstood. This is mainly because the focus has shifted from “Our Lady of Paris” to Quasimodo as the main (titular) character. Of course not all the versions put Quasimodo as the main character but more than enough have.

Is it a bad thing not to follow the novel faithfully?  Should failure to follow the novel at least somewhat means that the version be diminish the quality of the version? No. When I first started this I was   somewhat of purist on following the source material but nowadays I don’t think that is the case. Creatively, scope and vision matter.  But so for the sake of this blog, I’m going to review the movies on their own merits and then look at the version against the novel.

Reoccurring Post Overview

Review Articles – The article pertaining to the Hunchback version that is being review. Varies from version to version

Special Articles – Usually about some topic that pertains to Hunchback but not necessarily the given movie that is being reviewed.

 Questions – when I answered a question that was either searched on a search engine and found the site or is asked directly, can be anything silly or serious

References – A Hunchback References in unlikely places

Hypothetical Casting – A Casting Option for a Hunchback/Notre Dame de Paris adaptation. Persons can be living or dead, feel free to submit a casting choice

Horoscopes – A Spoof on Horoscopes, basically I pick a random sentence from the book and whatever it is that is the prediction. It doesn’t matter the sentence, the first sentence that is picked is is, I have no-do-over policy

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  1. Tanja on 06/03/2012 at 11:13 am said:


    I discovered this website by pure chance, and I really like it! We are currently thinking of staging a production of The hunchback of Notre Dame in our school theatre. Our problems is that we can’t really have a goat on stage. You seem to know a lot of different productions , did you maybe come across one where they had a clever solution for this? We have already thought about a pet one or disguising a person as a goat, but there is the risk that it might just become too ridiculous.Using only a shadow of a goat would be one possibility!

    If you come up with any clever ideas, please let me know. thank you very much in advance!

    • jess on 06/03/2012 at 2:12 pm said:

      Aww Thank you ^^, I glad you like it .

      mmmm, I’ll have to think though my initial idea would be to get a goat marionette and have an actor dresses all in black to operated it. A marionette is what they Disney stage show used when they performed it at the Parks.

      If I think of any other ideas I’ll let you know.