Awhile ago I was reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame on The Literature Network and I noticed a typo, a funny typo and I took a screenshot,

See if you can find it (it’s not hard to find). Click on the picture!

A Typo in an Online copy of The Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

A Typo in an Online copy of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

 

and if you can’t find it or you just want to cheat, click here

and yes this typo still exists.

Frollo Hunchback of Notre Dame Disney picture image

Frollo Hunchback of Notre Dame Disney

Der Glöckner von Notre Dame picture image

Der Glöckner von Notre Dame

Der Glöckner von Notre Dame is a German musical based on the Disney version. It premiered in Berlin in 1999 and it’s music and lyrics were written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz respectfully. This was the first musical Disney produced that premiered in another country and it was one of Germany’s longest running musicals, it ran for 3 years.

 

What makes the musical great is that it does a great job of mitigating between the Disney version and the original book. The characters are more fleshed out and the childish tone is taken away even with the gargoyles (yup they’re in the musical too).

 

Both Menken and Schwartz have confirmed that there will be Broadway version of Der Glöckner von Notre Dame and it will be called The Hunchback of Notre Dame even though Der Glöckner von Notre Dame doesn’t mean “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” it means “The Bell-ringer of Notre Dame” but whatever, I’m sure it’s a marketing thing. This talk of an American version has been in the works since 2008, so don’t get excited till some casting has been announced. Other question is how much are they going to revamp for the American version. I hope they don’t change the ending.

 

Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast picture image

Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast

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Broadway version of The Little Mermaid

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Broadway version of The Lion King

 

 

 

 

 

 

With American version on Broadway it will follow in the other Disney musicals like; Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Aladdin; Mary Poppins and the upcoming The Jungle Book and Dumbo.

 

Disclaimer- I just wanted to say that for this review keep a few things in mind, #1 I don’t speak German (I can read translations but translation are not always great) and #2 since there is no official performance recording (at least that I know of), pictures will be minimal. I’ll try to find some but can’t promises lots of pictures in every post I do on Der Glöckner von Notre Dame.

 

Next Time- Plot

Frollo and Quasimodo Der Glöckner von Notre Dame  picture image

Frollo and Quasimodo Der Glöckner von Notre Dame

So I thought what would Frollo do after viewing the Disney Sequel of the Hunchback of Notre Dame and here it is…

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Frollo's Reaction after Watch Hunchback of Notre Dame II

 Behold my Terrible Photo-Manipulation!

Madeline and Quasimodo laugh about Dumb Topic Sequel Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney picture image

Madeline and Quasimodo laugh about Dumb Topics... again

 

What else can I say about the sequel; it’s uninspired, mindless dibble that isn’t even good enough to baby-sit babies. It’s sole purpose way to get people to buy it, not to watch it but if people were to watch it, it was meant to show people that if you’re as ugly as Quasimodo, persistent enough and you say all the right things maybe you’ll the get the door mat who is right for you. Because this movie thinks everyone should be in pairs, even Achilles get some cheap floozy erm Filly at the end, Djali submits in to Hugo’s obsession, and there is “sexy” puppey show.

Achilles and a random filly Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney 2 sequel picture image

Achilles and a random filly Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney 2 sequel

Djali giving Hugo a Kiss Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney 2 sequel picture image

Djali giving Hugo a Kiss Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney

Clopin's Sexy Puppet Show Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney Sequel 2 picture image

Clopin's Sexy Puppet Show Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney

 

 

 

 

 

 

The real problem with this movie is it’s not bad enough to be good, it just exists in this realm of mediocrity. However there is one positive thing about this movie and that is an exchange between Victor, Hugo and Quasimodo and it’s funny.

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Quasimodo, Victor, Hugo Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney

 

Victor – “What does one wear to carnival event?” 
Quasimodo – “Nothing”
Hugo – “Daring!”

 

 

 

That’s pretty much the highlight of the movie.

 

This isn’t a love story, it’s romantic superficiality wrap-up in blatant commercialism. It’s a horrible sequel and the people who made it should be ashamed that so many trees had to die for this piece of expleteive deleted.

Madeline and Quasimodo in Love Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney Sequel 2 picture image

Madeline and Quasimodo Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney

Esmeralda and Phoebus Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney Sequel 2 picture image

Esmeralda and Phoebus Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney Sequel 2

Zephyr sums up the movie "yuck" Sequel Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney picture image

Zephyr sums up the movie "yuck" Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Adapation: Der Glockner Von Notre Dame

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Der Glockner von Notre Dame German Musical of Disney Hunchback of Notre Dame

Madeline and Quasimodo by the fire Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney sequel picture image

Madeline and Quasimodo by the fire Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney

 

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 Creepy Look Hunchback of Notre Dame Sequel 2 II picture image

Quasimodo Creepy Look Hunchback of Notre Dame II

Madeline and Quasimodo Fa la la la Fallen In Love Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney 2 Sequel picture image

Madeline and Quasimodo Fa la la la Fallen In Love Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney

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Madeline Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Madeline and Quasimodo laugh about Dumb Topic Sequel Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney picture image

Madeline and Quasimodo laugh about Dumb Topics again

Madeline and Quasimodo in Love Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney Sequel 2 picture image

Madeline and Quasimodo Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney

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Madeline and Quasimodo in the rain Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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Madeline and Quasimodo kiss Hunchback of Notre Dame II Disney

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.

Esmeralda and Djali Disney Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image

Esmeralda and Djali Hunchback of Notre Dame Disney

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)

Quasimodo Illustrtion Francois flameng

Illustration of Quasimodo

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Big Bird of Sesame Street

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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Quasimodo Recusing Esmeralda

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Big Bird of Sesame Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Quaismodo on the Offense L.H. Rudder 1884

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Big Bird of Sesame Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you search an odd question and find the Hunchblog (And I notice it) I’ll answer it or leave a comment with your weird/odd questions and I’ll answer them in a post. The weirder the better.

Back in November I started a series  of for hypothetical casting for Hunchback musicals or movie.

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Erika Marozsan

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.

Erika Marozsan in Gloomy Sunday picture image

Erika Marozsan in Gloomy Sunday

Erika Marozsan picture image

Erika Marozsan

Erika Marozsan in Gloomy Sunday picture image

Erika Marozsan in Gloomy Sunday

I saw it and as a fan of Little Kuriboh’s Yu-gi-Oh the Abridged Series I had no chose to feature it. It’s awesome! ^^

Yugi as Clopin from The Hunchback of Notre Dame by ARCatSK

Yugi as Clopin from The Hunchback of Notre Dame by ARCatSK

Artwork by ARCatSK