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The Case for Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Hunchback is the metaphorical Quasimodo of the disney animated feature film canon--weird, hidden away, and relegated to its master's hairshirt. Some common and consistent criticisms of the film have cropped up over the years, but they often miss crucial context and the original goal of Victor Hugo's dark tale of human brutality.

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1. Callow, Simon. "Laughton as Quasimodo: Epic Agony." Editorial. The New York Times [New York] 14 May 1988: n. pag. 14 May 1988. Web.

2. Dretzka, Gary. "`Hunchback' For The '90s." Tribune Digital. Chicago Tribune, 16 June 1996. Web.

3. Hugo, Victor. Notre-Dame De Paris. N.p.: Gosselin, 1831. Print. http://www.bartleby.com/ebook/adobe/312.pdf

4. Hugo, Victor. "War on the Demolishers!" Editorial. Oeuvres Complètes De Victor Hugo 1825: n. pag. Print. https://courseworks2.columbia.edu/courses/10532/files/579150/preview?verifier=6gyITpcPKDUdLGio7aqwyELfcLXyM7JLYP2hY60M

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6. King, Susan. "The Hunchback From Hope." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 1997. Web.

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10. Karger, Dave, and Anne Thompson. “Disney's ''Hunchback'' Has Murder, Lust, and Corruption.” EW.com, Time Inc, 21 June 1996, ew.com/article/1996/06/21/disneys-hunchback-has-murder-lust-and-corruption/

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