Well the time has come to take up the mantle of reviewing a Hunchback version geared at children once again.
The Magical Adventures of Quasimodo has been long been requested. I watched the first episode maybe two years ago and I was ambivalent towards this version. I found it neither good nor awful. It was a children version that was clearly not for me, a grumpy person and perhaps at the time a super judgmental adult who reviews Hunchback versions on the internet.
Now all that is possibly still true but I like to think I’ve soften over the years regarding my views on Hunchback versions. After all it has been nearly two years since I have reviewed a version. But now I’m reviewing this one. Not sure if my less “angry critic” approach will be make for entertaining internet content but oh well. C’est la vie.
Very simply, it’s a 26 episode Canadian children’s TV show that came out in May 1996. Same year as the Disney version.
Some very introductory differences are that Esmeralda has a brother, named François. Frollo is a magician and has a dog named Azarof. It seems according to wiki that he “plotted’ to kill the king of France. Though that could just be his thing throughout the show (spoiler it is). And Esmeralda and François have an adopted Grandmother called Angelica. I’m sure there are many more differences to be revealed.
A bit of house keeping. As of this moment I’m not sure what the the schedule for reviews will be nor do I know how many episodes will be covered in each post. The aim is more than one. I don’t know much right now. If you know Meyers-Briggs at all consider me a super P type right now.
In an Old House in Paris that was covered in vines was the backdrop of a show that makes me cringe every time.
I’m of course speaking about Madeline an adaption of the books that would a make festering boil shine
Ok, I’m not good at rhyming.
So Madeline was originally a book written by Ludwig Bemelmans. He first wrote it in 1939 and following the success of the it he continuing writing other books about Madeline in the 40’s and 50’s. It has been adapted many times for film and television.
The Tv series that started in 1993 and run spastically till 2001 had one episode (that I will allow myself to be aware of) that revolved around The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This episode was the 8th episode in season 2 which aired in 1995. It’s called Madeline and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Isn’t that just the most creative inspired title ever? (gags)
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I don’t care for this show. I forced myself to watch two other episodes and it was like torture.
So this review series is going to be hellish….. Enjoy my pain as we review Madeline and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Next time; The Plot… or something like a plot
Madeline, Pepito and her friends read Hunchback of Notre Dame
Victor Hugo’s classic novel THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is headed to television.
According to Deadline, ABC has ordered a limited event series from SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN’s Evan Daughterty, titled ESMERELDA.
The project is “a period drama, which re-imagines The Hunchback Of Notre Dame through the eyes of beautiful Gypsy Esmeralda.”
As BWW previously reported, Disney Theatrical Productions is also in the process of bringing the classic Parisian tale to Broadway. The show, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics byStephen Schwartz, and book by James Lapine premiered in Germany as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame. The musical is based on the 1996 Disney film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was inspired by the 1831 novel of the same name. The company’s first musical to premiere outside the U.S., it ran for three years, becoming one of Berlin’s longest-running musicals.