The Magical World Of Disney #98: The Hunchback Of Notre Dame II

The Hunchback of Notre Dame II is a 2002 American animated romantic musical comedy-drama film and direct-to-video sequel to the 1996 Disney animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was produced by Walt Disney Animation Japan and Walt Disney Television Animation.

Unlike many Disney film sequels, almost the entire key cast of the first film returns, aside from Tony Jay, Mary Wickes, and David Ogden Stiers. Tony Jay had voiced Judge Claude Frollo in the original film. His character had died at the end of the first film, so there was no call for him to reprise the role. Mary Wickes had voiced Laverne the gargoyle in the original film, but died during the release of the first film. Laverne is voiced by Jane Withers in the sequel. David Ogden Stiers had voiced the Archdeacon in the original film. The redesigned character is instead voiced by Jim Cummings in the sequel.

Now that Frollo is gone, Quasimodo rings the bell with the help of his new friend and Esmeralda’s and Phoebus’ little son, Zephyr. But when Quasi stops by a traveling circus owned by evil magician Sarousch, he falls for Madellaine, Sarouch’s assistant. But greedy Sarousch forces Madellaine to help him steal the Cathedral’s most famous bell.

Whenever anybody talks about the bad Disney direct-to-video sequels, this is usually one of the big ones that they talk about to avoid and for good reason, it’s bad, it’s a really, really bad one.

For starters, that trailer should show you everything wrong with this movie. One, it shouldn’t exist. Two, the animation looks like something on a TV show scale instead of the grandiose spectacle of the first movie. It also doesn’t help that the animation studio TMS did this movie and they are WAY above this garbage, this is the studio that did Akira, that did Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Batman: The Animated Series, Gargoyles, Ducktales, they’ve done WAY better than this shit.

Two, the story is really lame, we’re basically doing the same story structure from the first movie except with a love interest for Quasimodo now involved. And look, there’s no problem with Quasimodo falling in love with somebody but the way this movie does it, no thought or creativity went into it whatsoever, they just rehashed the film’s first story, added in a few little cheap changes to make you think it’s an original story, and gave you this crap right here.

Third, wasting the all-star voice cast from the first movie again. Nearly everybody from the first movie came back for the sequel including Demi Moore and Kevin Kline, and their characters are absolutely useless in this, they really are thrown off to the side in this one so much that you have to wonder what the hell they were thinking bringing them back for just these miniscule lines. I mean, it’s like having Jodie Foster do the voice of Maggie for 30 seconds on The Simpson…oh wait.

Lastly, the music is so generic and cliché. I will give the film one good thing, the score itself by Gargoyles composer Carl Johnson was very nicely done.

What else do I even need to say that hasn’t already been said about this one, avoid Hunchback Of Notre Dame II like the plague.

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