The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
  • Producers: Don Hahn
  • Writers: Victor Hugo
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
  • Actors: Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline, Paul Kandel, Jason Alexander, Charles Kimbrough, Mary Wickes, David Ogden Stiers

The movie opens in 1482 Paris with Clopin (Paul Kandel), a gypsy puppeteer, telling a group of children the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame (“The Bells of Notre Dame”): One night, four gypsies attempted to enter Paris but were stopped by Judge Claude Frollo (Tony Jay), the Minister of Justice. One gypsy woman who was carrying a bundle attempted to flee and Frollo pursued, thinking that she was carrying stolen goods. Chasing her to Notre Dame, Frollo snatches the bundle from her and kicks her, causing her to fall and hit her head against the stone steps of the cathedral. Frollo discovers that the bundle is a deformed baby and attempts to drown it in a well, but is stopped by the Archdeacon (David Ogden Stiers), who tells him to care for the child as repentance for killing an innocent woman. He agrees, on condition that the child will live in the cathedral. Frollo names the baby Quasimodo, meaning “half-formed”.

Twenty years later, Quasimodo (Tom Hulce) is shown to be the bellringer of Notre Dame. Frollo tells Quasimodo to never leave the bell tower because the people in the city will mistreat him because of his ugliness. Frollo has also lied about Quasimodo’s mother, saying that he took Quasimodo in when his mother abandoned him. Nevertheless, after Frollo departs following a visit, Quasimodo dreams of spending a day out in the world (“Out There”). Quasimodo’s gargoyle friends (Hugo (Jason Alexander), Victor (Charles Kimbrough), and Laverne (Mary Wickes)) convince him to sneak out of the cathedral, given that it was the annual Feast of Fools and everyone is in costume.

After the credits, it shows Hugo alone on top of Notre Dame, and he yells: “Goodnight everybody! Woo hoo hoo!” It then shows the Disney logo.

Beauty and the Beast

  • Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
  • Producers: Don Hahn
  • Writers: Linda Woolverton
  • Genres: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Paige O Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers

In the prologue, an old beggar woman arrives at the castle of a young, spoiled and unkind French prince. The old beggar woman asks for shelter from the bitter cold, and in return, offers the young prince a rose. Repulsed by her appearance, the prince turns the old beggar woman away. It is then that the old beggar woman reveals that she is a beautiful enchantress and conjures a powerful curse, transforming the heartless prince into a hideous beast (as a reflection of his inner cruelty and hatred), his servants into anthropomorphic household items, and the castle into a dark, forbidding place, so that he will learn to not judge by appearances. The curse can only be broken if the Beast learns to love someone and receives the other’s love in return before the last petal of the enchantress’s rose withers and falls; if not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for the rest of his life. As the years passed, the Beast stayed hidden in the gloomy castle, convinced no person could love such a hideous beast.

Ten years later, a beautiful young woman named Belle has moved to a French Provençal village, where she is seen as eccentric yet very special due to her preference for reading books and dislike of being courted by the “rude and conceited” local hero, Gaston. At one point Gaston arrogantly offers his hand in marriage to Belle, which she politely but firmly rejects.

The last scene shows Belle and the prince happily dancing in the ballroom, in front of many guests, which includes Maurice and the now-human assistants of the castle. Everybody is happy, and they live happily ever after.