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The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Disney’s most underrated film?

So, I wrote this for one of my  University modules. I had a pretty good mark on it, so I thought I’d upload it;

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of Disney’s most powerful movies out there. It’s now been released for 21 years, and still, hardly anyone praises it. Either they haven’t seen it, or they just don’t agree with the message it’s sending for some reason. Some people don’t want their kids seeing it because of these representations. However, the representations of certain things aren’t bad; they’re actually pretty realistic, moving and, in some ways, educational. Everyone should watch this film at least once in their life, for the inspiration. They don’t know what they’re missing. Here are some reasons as to why this film is so underrated.

I’ll start off with talking about the message it gives, since I’ve technically already started that point. As most people know, this film is about Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer who finds difficulty in being accepted in society. He’s treated differently because his appearance isn’t up to everyone’s standards, which could be something that some people can relate to. It’s still relevant to society today; having tolerance and acceptance towards other people, no matter how different they are. It explores this message with such great, emotional detail and depth that it’s hard to not be moved after watching this. You really start to think about the question, “what makes a monster and what makes a man?” which is given to us by our narrator, Clopin.

“You mistreat this poor boy the same way you mistreat my people. You speak of justice yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help.”

“SILENCE!”

“JUSTICE!”

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Esmerelda is the first one who actually calls out Judge Claude Frollo for his cruel actions. She truly is Disney’s feminist icon! The gypsy Esmerelda isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in, even if she has to do it on her own, and does it with sass. She’s a strong, female protagonist that knows what equality actually means. Her song “God Help the Outcasts” is deep and completes the film; it shows just how much she cares for other people, by praying for them instead of herself. The juxtaposition between her prayer and other people’s prayers helps prove this. They ask for wealth and beauty, and what does Esmerelda ask for? She wants mercy and help to be given to those mistreated and asks the important question; “I thought we all were children of God?” Like Quasimodo, she has also been mistreated, but doesn’t allow it to make her bitter, or hold it against anyone.

Speaking of Quasimodo, he’s an unconventional protagonist. He defies all conventional standards of beauty but still has a big heart, despite being abused and secluded from society his entire life. Our dear Quasimodo doesn’t dream of being rescued or finding his true love. All he really wants is to become part of the society that he has been watching from the Bell Tower.

Quasimodo has been abused by his “master” Judge Claude Frollo his entire life. He keeps Quasimodo in the Bell Tower, so that he’s kept locked away, where no one else can see. While being kept isolated in the Bell Tower of Notre Dame, Frollo mentally abuses Quasimodo. Frollo is a cruel and terrifying, yet brilliant villain, and is a very good reason alone to watch this movie. He’s a man of power who genuinely doesn’t think he’s doing anything wrong. Like Clopin says, “he saw corruption everywhere except within.” Frollo’s harmless appearance makes him look like everyone else in the movie; this, again, is relevant to our society today because it proves that everyone and anyone is capable of being a villain.

The Bell Tower that Quasimodo is kept in is so beautiful. That, as well as the Cathedral and stained glass windows have so much effort and detail put into it. It’s a shame as to how underappreciated these animations are. There are few films that can live up to the quality of work that this film has. It’s so realistic, that you can see just how dedicated the workers were when doing this. The Cathedral itself is one greatly underappreciated; as well as its appearance, it’s so important to the plot that it may as well be considered a character as well.

Judge Claude Frollo’s ‘villain song’ “Hellfire” is brilliantly juxtaposed with Quasimodo’s beautiful song “Heaven’s Light.” It shows how different their characters and intentions are. While Frollo’s intentions are selfish and are, to him, sinful, Quasimodo’s intentions are innocent and romantic. The other songs and scores featured within the film are just as well-matched to the message, characters and atmosphere. They are catchy and it is clear to see that a lot of dedication has been put into them.

I left this point to last because I thought it would ironically fit here better. And that is because, romance isn’t the end or main goal. With other unconventional features within the movie, this is one of the most important aspects, and is a good message to children. Quasimodo falls for Esmerelda but she ends up with Phoebus. While most characters would be heartbroken and jealous by not being loved in return, Quasimodo is happy for them both. He isn’t bitter and doesn’t try to separate them. Instead, he supports them. Because, for him, finally being accepted in society is more important. He’s so happy to finally be part of them and ‘allowed’ outside. It’s a beautiful and emotional scene. At first, he’s quite shy and uncomfortable about going outside, but Esmerelda helps him. Then, the town’s people start cheering and hugging him, and he starts crying.

It’s hard to not love this movie. It goes into so much depth about so many things, that you simply have to appreciate it. Everything about it is so beautiful, and so I urge you to watch this film now and give it some love!

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Disney quotes on graduation

It’s that time of year! Some people have either had their graduation, are having it, or are preparing for it. It’s an exciting time, so here are some Disney quotes that relate to graduations, to celebrate it!

“I can go the distance” – Hercules, Hercules

 

“That’s when my life begins” – Rapunzel, Tangled

 

“And so I’ll know how far I’ll go” – Moana, Moana

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“Once a wildcat, always a wildcat” – Troy, High School Musical 3: Senior Year

 

 

“The way is clear, the way is good, I have no fear, nor no one should” – Into The Woods cast, Into The Woods

 

 

“We’re all in this together” – High School Musical cast, High School Musical

 

“I want adventure in the great, wide, somewhere” – Belle

 

“A dream is a wish your heart makes” – Cinderella

 

“Almost there” – The Princess and The Frog

 

And finally, when talking about student finance;

“Take what you can…

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Congratulations on graduating!

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10 Bookish Quotes

Quotes are one my favourite things ever. I don’t know why; I guess, maybe, because they can be quite inspirational and motivating. Anyway, here are some of my favourite bookish quotes;

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The best poems from ‘Milk and Honey’ by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey is a poetry book written by Rupi Kaur. It’s so amazing, inspirational, deep and real. I haven’t really been one for poetry until just recently, so this was definitely a great read to help encourage me to read more poems. There are so many amazing poems in this book, but here are  just a few I personally loved the most, in no particular order…

“if you were born with

the weakness to fall

you were born with

the strength to rise”

 

how is it so easy for you

to be kind to people he asked

milk and honey dripped

from my lips as i answered

cause people have not 

been kind to me

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“she was a rose

in the hands of those

who had no intention of keeping her”

 

“it takes grace

to remain kind

in cruel situations”

 

“your body

is a museum

of natural disasters

can you grasp how

stunning that is”

 

“accept yourself

as you were designed”

 

“if the hurt comes

so will the happiness”

 

“love is not cruel

we are cruel

love is not a game

we have made a game

out of love”

 

“we are all born

so beautiful

the greatest tragedy is

being convinced we are not”

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“most importantly love

like it’s the only thing you know how

at the end of the day all this

means nothing

this page

where you’re sitting

your degree

your job

the money

nothing even matters

except love and human connection

who you loved

and how deeply you loved them

how you touched the people around you

and how much you gave them”              

(this one’s in bold because it’s my favourite lol)

 

“i have

what i have

and i am happy

i’ve lost

what i’ve lost

and i am

still

happy

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“you look at me and cry

everything hurts

i hold you and whisper

but everything can heal

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“you were a dragon long before

he came around and said

you could fly

you will remain a dragon

long after he’s left”

 

“perhaps the saddest of all

are those who live waiting

for someone they’re not

sure exists

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he isn’t coming back

whispered my head

he has to

sobbed my heart

willing

 

“you treat them like they

have a heart like yours

but not everyone can be as

soft and as tender

you don’t see the

person they are

you see the person

they have the potential to be

you give and give till

they pull everything out of you

and leave you empty”

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“the one who arrives after you

will remind me love is

supposed to be soft

he will taste

like the poetry

i wish i could write”

 

“nothing is safer

than the sound of you

reading out loud to me

the perfect date

 

“i know i

should crumble

for better reasons

but have you seen

that boy he brings

the sun to its

knees every

night”

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“my favourite thing about you is your smell

you smell like

earth

herbs

gardens

a little more

human than the rest of us”

 

what am i to you he asks

i put my hands in his lap

and whisper you

are every hope

i’ve ever had

in human form

 

“there is no bigger illusion in the world

than the idea that a woman will

bring dishonor into a home

if she tries to keep her heart

and her body safe”

 

 

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Mother’s Day inspired Disney quotes

Since it’s Mother’s Day tomorrow, I thought it’d be a nice idea to have a cute, fun blog post with a “Mother’s Day” theme. It might help with that personalised card message and inspire some creativity. Who knows? So here are some of the best quotes I found.

“Listen, all around you are spirits, child. They live in the earth, water, stars, if you listen they will guide you. Listen with your heart, you will understand.”

This beauty was said by Grandmother Willow in the film Pocahontas.

“I will always be right here.”

This is said by Queen Elinor in Brave.

“I just want you to be happy, whatever you decide… you will always be my son.”

This is said by Kala in Tarzan.

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“Baby mine, don’t you cry. Baby mine, dry your eyes. Rest your head close to my heart.”

This is sang by Dumbo’s mam in the classic movie, Dumbo.

“You have more power than you realize. When the time comes you will know what to do.”

Mrs. Incredible says this quote in the movie, The Incredibles.

“You may hear a voice inside. And if that voice starts to whisper, to follow the brightest star. Moana, that voice inside is who you are.”

This is said by Moana’s Grandmother in the newest Disney film, Moana. It’s pretty similar to Grandmother Willows quote… what a coincidence 😉

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”

This was said by Thumper in the film Bambi, but I included it because it’s what Thumper’s mother taught him.

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“Where there is kindness, there is goodness. And where there is goodness, there is magic. Have courage and be kind.”

One of my favourite Disney quotes ever! This is said by Cinderella’s mother in the new Cinderella movie.

“Even miracles take a little time”

This is said by Cinderella’s fairy Godmother.

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.  You find the fun and snap! The job’s a game”

This is said by Mary Poppins. She’s not exactly a mother, but, she is a mother figure, so I had to include this quote!

“A mother, with her intuition, will know just what to do”

This is a lyric from a song featured in the movie Piglet’s Big Movie. What a cute movie!

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Some of the best Disney villain quotes

Disney villains are usually the most humorous and sassy characters in the film. They are also sometimes the most creepy characters. Here is a collection of some of the best quotes…

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“He’s a GUY!” – Hades, Hercules

Yep. Hades is all about that sass.

 

 

“I warn you, child. If I lose my temper, you lose your head! Understand?” – The Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland

Don’t you just wish you could talk to the people you hate, or just get annoyed at, like this? AND get away with it??

 

 

“The most beautiful girl in town, that makes her the best! And don’t I deserve the best?” – Gaston, Beauty and the Beast

Oh, Gaston, I do admire your confidence. Never denying yourself of anything, or settling for less.

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“And there, my faithful huntsman, you will kill her” – Evil Queen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

This is actually quite a slightly creepy quote. But, at least she knows (or, at least, thinks) she can trust her huntsman…

 

 

“Here in town it’s only she, who is as beautiful as me” – Gaston, Beauty and the Beast

Again; I love Gaston’s self-confidence. It’s actually goals!

 

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“Dear, this whole romance that you’ve invented, just proves you’re too naive to be here. Why would he like you?” – Mother Gothel, Tangled

This is a pretty sad quote. She just knocks Rapunzel’s confidence right down without a second thought.

 

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“You poor, simple fools. Thinking you could defeat me. Me! The mistress of evil” – Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty

Well, she’s not exactly wrong. It was quite a difficult job to defeat her, so she kind of has a point here…

 

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“Triton’s daughter will be mine and then I’ll make him writhe. I’ll see him wriggle like a worm on a hook” – Ursala, The Little Mermaid

That’s such a gross image *spew*.

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“A snake, am I? Perhaps you’d like to see how sss-snake-like I can be” – Jafar, Aladdin

Jafar is literally like, “challenge accepted.” I love it.

 

 

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“I’ve never liked your spinach puffs” – Yzma, The Emperor’s New Groove

That’s way harsh, Yzma. How dare you.

 

 

“Oh, Anna. If only there was someone out there who loved you” – Prince Hans, Frozen

I’m still shocked at this, how could he do that to poor Anna?! D:

 

 

“Death is the only adventure you have left” – Captain Hook, Peter Pan

That’s pretty creepy, Captain Hook.

 

 

“A llama? He’s supposed to be dead!” – Yzma, The Emperor’s New Groove

This is probably the most memorable quote of the movie.

 

 

“I killed Mufasa” – Scar, The Lion King

I blame Scar for (probably) traumatising me. How can he say that with what almost sounds like joy?!

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“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” – Evil Queen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Another iconic line. I probably use this line whenever I look in the mirror; it’s a good confidence boost.

 

 

“The world is cruel. The world is wicked” – Judge Claude Frollo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Well, to be fair to him, he’s not exactly wrong.

 

 

“It’s called a cruel irony, like my dependence on you” – Yzma, The Emperor’s New Groove

I couldn’t leave this one out. Yzma is probably one of the sassiest villains ever.

 

 

“The world is dark and selfish and cruel. If it finds even the slightest ray of sunshine. It destroys it” – Mother Gothel, Tangled

Gothel and Frollo seem to be sharing similar thoughts here. Coincidence? I think not!

(It probably is just a coincidence)

 

 

“I’m surrounded by idiots” – Scar, The Lion King

This is basically what goes on in my head 90% of the time 😉

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“More good women have been lost to marriage than to war, famine, disease and disaster” – Cruella Deville, 101 Dalmatians

That’s a great confidence boost and just what every bride-to-be wants to hear!

 

So there are some of the best Disney villain quotes! There are a lot more amazing quotes from villains, but they all won’t be able to fit here.

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14 Disney quotes to LIVE by

Disney has hundreds – millions – of famous quotes. But, there are some which you should probably listen to throughout your everyday life. I pretty much follow these quotes everyday, and I think that’s why I’m such a happy and positive person.

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“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all” – Bambi

What goes around, comes around. And what good will you get from being a Negative Nancy?

 

“Where there is kindness, there is goodness. And where there is goodness, there is magic. Have courage and be kind” – Cinderella

Stay positive!! Try to see the good in everything. Try to see the world, not how it is, but how it could be.

 

“You think the only people who are people are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew, you never knew” – Pocahontas

Everyone has a different story, different problems. You don’t really know what someone is going through so stop thinking ‘everyone else has it easier than you’!

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“The very thing that held you down is going to carry you up” – Dumbo

Try to use the negative in your life as motivation. If someone tells you you can’t do something; prove them wrong! Unless it’s illegal, of course.

 

“I promise. And when I promise something, I never ever break that promise. Ever” – Tangled

If you can’t keep a promise, then how can you expect people to trust you?

 

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“A little consideration, a little thought for others makes all the difference” – Winnie the Pooh

This is slightly similar to the Cinderella and Pocahontas quote. Try to be more considerate for others, because you don’t know what they’re going through.

 

“Just keep swimming” – Finding Nemo

Keep moving forward and be positive :).

 

“I never look back darling, it distracts me from the now” – The Incredibles

Yes, you may have made mistakes in the past that keep you up at two in the morning. But, what good will it do if you keep reminding yourself about it? Let it go.

 

“There is no one I’d rather be, than me” – Wreck it Ralph

Be proud to be you!

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“Ohana means family. And family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten” – Lilo and Stitch

Family is important. Keep them.

 

“Just because it’s what’s done, it doesn’t mean it’s what should be done” – Cinderella

Just because everyone else does something, it doesn’t mean it’s right. Stand up for what you believe in.

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“She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within” – Beauty and the Beast

Who wants to have an ugly personality?

 

“You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul” – Ratatouille

Don’t judge people by where they come from, and don’t let others do so to you.

 

“You may hear a voice inside. And if that voice starts to whisper, to follow the brightest star. Moana, that voice inside is who you are” – Moana

Be who you’re meant to be. (Again, unless it’s illegal).

 

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