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Comments about the soundtrack for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Alan Menken)

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How Much Darker 'Hunchback' Could Have Been!
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• Posted by: cJ   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, May 10, 2002, at 2:23 p.m.
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I first saw 'Hunchback' when I was 7 years old (heh..) and i didn't really like it because I was too younge to understand it... In 5th grade I read the book by Victor Hugo, watching the Disney movie soon after. Instead of living happilly living with Phebus in the end, Phebus dumps the gypsy girl Esmeralda for another woman (who wasn't a gypsy) and the heartbroken Esmeralda is hanged by Frollo (who lives). Quazimodo is still held captive in the Bell Tower untill he runs away to the graveyard where he embraces Esmeralda's corpse untill his own death.
Nice ending, huh?
Now add that to Alan Menken's dark score. No, I'm not against the movie or score at all. 'Hunchback' is my favorite Disney movie and the soundtrack amazes me. However, if that part of the book had been added to the movie (yeah right..), it would be probably be rated PG-13 or not made at all. So, for those who believe the movie is dark and against religeous beliefs, think of the book. You guys lucked out.

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