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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1996)
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Composed and Produced by:

Lyrics by:
Stephen Schwartz

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Michael Starobin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(June, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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The score was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you have yearned to hear Alan Menken and the modern Disney musical franchise take a serious turn together, for the liturgical music for The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a sharp contrast to their previous collaborations.

Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for the comedy numbers that inevitably break up the mood of Disney's otherwise dramatic stories.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #118
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 9/4/08
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame: (Alan Menken) The 1831 Victor Hugo novel on which several film versions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame have been based was not a likely candidate for Disney to adapt into an animated children's musical, but the studio managed to twist around the story enough to make it work. Unfortunately, in the process of doing so, many of the more interesting aspects of the convoluted love story, along with its inevitable tragedy, were sacrificed for the sake of targeting young audiences. The basics are all there, with Quasimodo, the badly deformed bell-ringer of Paris' Notre Dame cathedral caught in an identity crisis that's complicated by the emergence of a gypsy named Esmeralda, and his begrudging caretaker (of sorts), Judge Claude Frollo. Also in the mix is the captain of Frollo's guards, Phoebus. All are smitten with Esmeralda, which presents a particularly interesting problem for the pious Frollo, an aspect of the story that's been retained for mostly the adult audience. Like many before it, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (along with its songs and score), stirred up a flourish of anger in certain American communities. Religious conservatives, an embarrassingly growing force in American politics in the 1990's, boycotted this film because of the song "Hellfire," a suggestive rejection of purity amplified by imagery of a half-naked Esmeralda dancing in a fire. A few months after that, a group of Baptist organizations went a step further and boycotted Disney all together, partly due to the controversy of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and partly because Disney World announced its support for gay rights. On the flip side, overly sensitive left-wing liberals who claimed to fight for the rights of the handicapped also boycotted the film and its soundtrack, rejecting the term "hunchback," which, in the politically correct environment of the 1990's, was deemed inappropriate. It's hard to imagine what Hugo would have thought of not only this musical but also the morons who protested it. Alan Menken's songs and scores were similarly met with controversy, but luckily the complaints regarding the music were better grounded in reasons of quality.

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it's all but a scary ost
roberto - February 8, 2011, at 4:27 p.m.
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Formula
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Scares Kids? I beg to differ.
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Top 3 animated musicals   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 57:21
• 1. The Bells of Notre Dame (song) (6:24)
• 2. Out There (song) (4:25)
• 3. Topsy Turvy (song) (5:36)
• 4. Humiliation (1:40)
• 5. God Help the Outcasts (song) (3:44)
• 6. The Bell Tower (3:05)
• 7. Heaven's Light/Hellfire (song) (5:24)
• 8. A Guy Like You (song) (2:54)
• 9. Paris Burning (1:56)
• 10. The Court of Miracles (song) (1:27)
• 11. Sanctuary! (6:02)
• 12. And He Shall Smite the Wicked (3:30)
• 13. Into the Sunlight (2:09)
• 14. The Bells of Notre Dame (song) (1:11)
• 15. Someday - performed by All-4-One (4:20)
• 16. God Help the Outcasts - performed by Bette Midler (3:27)
(track lengths not provided on packaging)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains extensive lyrics and credits, but no extra information about the music or the film.
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