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8 Reasons Why The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Is The Most Underrated Disney Movie

How has this absolute gem stayed under the radar for so many years?

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1. The Animation

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the beautiful artistry that went into this classic style of Disney animation is absolutely stunning and makes it worth the watch alone.

2. The Unconventional Protagonist

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Quasimodo isn't a princess, he defies conventional standards of beauty, and has an absolutely beautiful heart despite being mistreated and secluded from society for his entire life. He is a true cinnamon roll.

3. Esmeralda

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Our female protagonist is a beautiful, strong woman of color that is confident in her sexuality and has a heart of gold - and her comebacks are always on point.

4. Romance Isn't the End Goal

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Yes, Quasimodo falls for Esmeralda - but she wasn't the answer to his problems. Esmeralda instead ends up with Phoebus, and Quasimodo finds acceptance in the world he always wanted to be a part of, which is what mattered in the end.

5. A Terrifying Villain

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Judge Claude Frollo is terrifying because he isn't a two-dimensional caricature - he is a man of power who truly believes he is doing the right thing, and is blind to his own hypocrisy. He's so unsettling because he could very easily be a real person.

6. The Incredible Soundtrack and Score

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Hunchback's music is some of the most underrated work that Disney has ever produced. The bells and monastic chanting create an incredibly well-matched atmosphere to the film, and while "The Bells of Notre Dame," "God Help the Outcasts," and "Out There," are all stand outs, the eerie juxtaposition of "Heaven's Light/Hellfire" takes the cake as possibly the most powerful piece that Disney has ever given to its audience.

7. The Cathedral Herself

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Notre Dame Cathedral provides an absolutely beautiful backdrop for the film's story, and is so instrumental to the plot that she can almost be considered a character herself.

8. The Message

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Despite being set hundreds of years ago, the messages of tolerance and acceptance taught throughout the film are still excruciatingly relevant in a modern setting - especially lately.

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