The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Movie • 1996 • Animation  

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One day a foundling was brought to Notre Dame, the most beautiful cathedral of Paris - but the baby was so ugly that no citizen of Paris wanted it and so Quasimodo grew up under the protection of the Abbott of Notre Dame. He never left the church, because people did not like him and he did not like people, until he saw the pretty gypsy Esmeralda dancing one day. Quasimodo decided to be there for her always. Esmeralda needed his protection pretty soon because the court of Paris accused her of beeing a witch. She was sentenced to death. Quasimodo succeeded in saving Esmeralda and her little goat. But the pursuers didn't give up...
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Does the dog die?
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Is an animal sad?
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funnybeleth
At the beginning of the movie, Quasimodo talks to a baby bird who seems sad that it hasn't flown yet. This is quickly resolved once Quasimodo encourages the bird to try; it succeeds with his help and is pleased afterward.

Esmeralda's goat, Djali, expresses concern at times, but this isn't ever dwelled upon for more than a moment. Djali does express fear and/or anger in some scenes.
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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funnybeleth
Technically yes, as Quasimodo is physically disabled but his voice actor is not. I assume this type of context isn't the intent of this trigger warning, though.
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Abandonment
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SiRenfield
Frollo lies about Quasimodo’s origins and claims he was abanonded on the steps of Notre Dame as a baby
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Abuse
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funnybeleth
SPOILERS:

Frollo just barely qualifies as Quasimodo's adoptive father; he is better described as a "guardian", though he doesn't do a good job of it and only provides Quasimodo with very basic necessities, like food, clothes, and shelter. Quasimodo is expected to call Frollo "master", rather than "father" or something similar.

He considers Quasimodo foul, demonic, and inhuman, and it comes through in his attitude, as well as in his employment of many different abuse tactics, e.g. isolation, manipulation, lying, neglect, insults and shaming, and trauma-bonding. Frollo attempts to kill Quasimodo twice.
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funnybeleth
SPOILERS:

Not in the end, no. There are times when Quasimodo rebounds into thinking that Frollo has been right about everything, but these aren't permanent.

In general, Quasimodo seems to think that Frollo is kind and justified despite his abuse, but this gradually comes to a stop as Quasimodo is shown genuine kindness by Esmeralda.

Quasimodo understands by the end of the movie that Frollo has always been unjustified in his actions and shows no signs of forgiveness.
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AtarahDerekh
Frollo follows Quasimodo and Phoebus to the Court of Miracles, with the intent of finding Esmeralda specifically. Stalking x3, with one of those being sexual intent.
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thespianscreed
Frollo's abuse towards Quasimodo is mostly emotional.
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funnybeleth
Quasimodo's mother, a Rroma woman who attempts to enter Paris with her baby, is hunted down and killed at the beginning of the film. Her dying is shown onscreen, and though it isn't graphic in a visceral sense, it's a brutal death nonetheless. This scene and her dying are used as points to condemn the villain and further the story-- her character doesn't really exist outside of it.
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AtarahDerekh
Quasimodo is gaslighted by Frollo to keep him in the belltower. He is scolded for not being grateful to Frollo for "taking [him] in and raising [him] as [Frollo's] son" after Quasi's mother allegedly abandoned him.
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Allandrel
Quasimodo is subjected to emotional abuse by his adoptive father.
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Is there addiction?
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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AtarahDerekh
A horse flees with a rider while being shot at, but is not hit. The horse's owner instructs the archers not to hit it.
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Does an animal die?
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Anonymous
In one scene, Frollo is seen squashing ant, the picks up a stone and uses it to squash a whole colony if them
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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KyraWolf92
Ants only.
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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ShanYuBeingSUS
In “does the animal die” section!
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Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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funnybeleth
Not in the film; yes for the novel.

For the novel the film is based on: Quasimodo is 19, Esmeralda is 16, Frollo is 36, and Phoebus is probably also in his late 30s.

For the film: Quasimodo is 20 years old. Phoebus is a war veteran who's been "away for 20 years", so assuming he joined the army between ages 15-18, he's in his late 30s or early 40s. Frollo is obviously a much older man. He is already a judge with dark gray hair when he adopts Quasimodo.

Esmeralda isn't really given any specific pointers towards her age. She is sexualized more than your average Disney heroine— unfortunately, so was Jasmine in Aladdin, who was only 15 (think the scenes where she's enslaved by Jafar). I want to avoid saying that she "looks" like an adult, as people can look many ways at many different ages, but she isn't really given any visual indicators that would point to her being an adolescent.

However, the fact that she and Phoebus (and Quasimodo, a little) are shown to have romantic chemistry leads me to believe that she is an adult, as I doubt Disney would promote an underaged girl being in a relationship with an adult man, LOL. She also carries herself with the airs of an adult woman as opposed to a teenager.
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Is rape mentioned?
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funnybeleth
Not with explicit wording, but Frollo tries to coerce Esmeralda into "choosing him" over her own execution.
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funnybeleth
Not in your traditional "school bully beats up another kid" sense, but a similar sentiment leads to the abuse of a disabled character by an entire crowd of people. Other characters are attacked by corrupt guards, but none of these moments specifically involve a "beating".
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Pufftail
Quasimodo is tied to a wheel. Later he and Phoebus are tied up and threatened with hanging. Esmeralda is tied to a stake but is rescued. At the climax many people are imprisoned in wagons. The is a brief comedic scene of a man in the stocks.
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Allandrel
A character grabs another and smells her hair. He also attempts to rape her by threatening her life if she refuses to have sex with him.
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A main character suffers severe smoke inhalation that initially appears to have killed them.
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Is there cannibalism?
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thelocalmaniac
Not explicit or gory, but during the siege on the cathedral, the gargoyles crush some soldiers with a catapult, and someone gets (comedically) sat on by a horse.
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Is someone choked?
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Allandrel
A character is set to be burned at the stake but is rescued, though they initially appear to have died from smoke inhalation.
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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Does a head get squashed?
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AtarahDerekh
Achilles' tendons are fine.
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Is there a hanging?
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KyraWolf92
Although there is a scene where 3 of Quasimodo's puppets are being hanged. And in another, two main characters are about to be hanged but are rescued.
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AtarahDerekh
Due to Quasimodo's kyphosis, hanging by his arms too long causes him to start to asphyxiate, and he passes out.
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Dearborn
There is a scene where teeth are knocked out for comedic effect in the final battle scene. Quite a few teeth are lost.
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OofItGabs
Esmeralda inhales enough smoke to make her go unconscious, but she survives.
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Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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There is a clear yet sightless scene of a man being tortured in a dungeon. A character is being burned at the stake but is rescued. Another character is being bound to stone poles with chains.
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At the beginning of the movie, a character falls down some steps and dies
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Muzicalassassin
*SPOILER*





In the finale/climax, Frollo falls to his death because the gargoyle statue he was hanging off from broke.
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
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Opening scene, Frollo steals a baby right out of the mother‘s arms.
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Does a kid die?
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Anonymous
Frollo is shown holding baby Quasimodo over a well and states a desire to send the child "to Hell where it belongs." He is stopped by the bishop.
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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OofItGabs
The main villain dies
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Does someone die?
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Disability
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Drugs/Alcohol
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Family
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Does a parent die?
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16Dork01
Quasimodo's mother dies at the beginning of the movie.
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AtarahDerekh
No toys specifically, but Quasimodo does have several wooden figurines which Frollo smashes or burns.
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OofItGabs
Quasimodo’s biological mother dies at the beginning of the movie.
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Fear
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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During the villain song sequence, there is a ghost-like figure within the fire, but it is only within the villain's mind. It is not a ghost, though, but does resemble one. It only appears briefly, though, and is never seen again for the rest of the movie after a few seconds.
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Are there clowns?
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UltraDespairBear
One of the characters is a jester.
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AtarahDerekh
Several major and minor characters fall into the Seine River that flows through Paris.
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
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Is there a shower scene?
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thelocalmaniac
Quasimodo does have a whole town of carved dolls, though.
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Gross
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Does someone vomit?
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Is someone eaten?
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Does someone spit?
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KyraWolf92
Esmeralda spits in the face of Frollo. One of the gargoyles makes fart noises with his armpits.
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Is there farting?
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AtarahDerekh
A comedic sidekick does a fart sound effect with his armpit.
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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AtarahDerekh
Averted. The captain of the guard upholds the law, including refusing to harm innocents.
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Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Loss
Is a priceless artifact destroyed?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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AtarahDerekh
A character is shown receiving stitches, but the needle is never shown actually piercing his flesh.
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
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funnybeleth
Not explicitly, but Quasimodo shows clear signs of severe anxiety and low self-esteem. He is also a victim of parental abuse and exhibits symptoms of it at times (feeling ashamed of himself for being deformed and wanting to go outside, believing he is a monster because Frollo says so, etc.)
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Is autism misrepresented?
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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funnybeleth
At times, yes. It is made intentionally unclear whether the gargoyles are actually alive or if they are simply figments of Quasimodo's imagination; he is ridiculed by Frollo for speaking to them. While there is evidence that they may actually be tangible beings, this isn't ever directly stated.

Major spoiler below:

There is also a moment during Frollo's second song where he sees a mass of towering, chanting red figures appear around him. While this could be chalked up to visual metaphor, Frollo reacts fearfully to their presence anyway. The fire and smoke in Frollo's fireplace also warp to form humanlike figures. When Frollo falls to his death, he sees the face of the gargoyle he's hanging onto contort into a demented grin.
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Is there ABA therapy?
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funnybeleth
Quasimodo is abused into behaving exactly how Frollo wants him to, but this isn't due to autism.
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funnybeleth
No body dysphoria in a trans context, body dysmorphia yes
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AtarahDerekh
Quasimodo has kyphoscoliosis and a misshapen face. He is constantly told that he is deformed and ugly, and he believes it. He has no confidence in his appearance for the vast majority of the film.
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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funnybeleth
Coming from an autistic person: Quasimodo is a relatable character in many ways, but (AFAIK) he wasn't written with autism in mind. His social awkwardness comes from a life of isolation and extreme anxiety (due to Frollo's abuse and how others treat him when he reveals himself). It is incorrect to say that Quasimodo experiences autism-specific abuse; rather, he experiences abuse because of his physical disability.
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Noxious
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Does a baby cry?
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ShanYuBeingSUS
In the beginning, Frollo carries crying baby Quasimodo.
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Is there shakey cam?
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SiRenfield
Slight stronger than an average G-rated Disney film since the word “damnation” is used but only in a strictly religious context
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funnybeleth
There are no blatant flashes from what I remember, but there is a LOT of fire in this movie
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
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spirochaete
In a post-credits scene. Hugo waves at the camera and says good night to the viewer.
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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BookwormPuppy
Quasimodo is a baby at the beginning of the film, but he is not visible, because he is wrapped in a blanket.
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Does someone miscarry?
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funnybeleth
No, but a mother with an infant child is killed
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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SiRenfield
I mean the first major death is of a Romani woman
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thelocalmaniac
The main villain and a lot of the bad knights/guards have hooked noses and other negatively stereotypical Jewish features, but at no point does the film specifically refer to the community, nor are they portrayed. **Edit: Also gargoyles feature a ton of stereotypically Jewish features and they are prominent characters.
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AtarahDerekh
Clopin dons a long skirt to briefly dance alongside a few girls, but this is barely treated as even a visual gag.
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Is there hate speech?
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Allandrel
Basically every character refers to the Roma characters as "Gypsies."
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SiRenfield
Heavily debatable in regards to how the Romani are portrayed overall (the blog below explains it better than I could). Although it certainly loses points for heavy use of the G-word.
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Dearborn
The main villain repeatedly calls the main character who has a disability, a monster, deformed, ugly, and initially tried to drown him for looking different.
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Are there n-words?
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Is there aphobia?
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Race
Is there blackface?
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Relationships
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SiRenfield
The main antagonist is an old man pursuing a young adult woman
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Religious
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Pantalones
Frollo is a religious fanatic who justifies his cruelty with his faith. There is also a song about hellfire!
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Sex
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Anonymous
Not outright shown, but Frollo doubting himself over his lustful feelings towards Esmeralda are a big plot point. Coaxed in half-vague language
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OofItGabs
Frollo sexually objectifies Esmeralda and fights lustful urges he has toward her.
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Are there nude scenes?
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Is there bestiality?
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There is a joke about a gargoyle being interested in the goat.
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Does someone lose their virginity?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Sexism
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Does someone have a chronic illness?
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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Is someone terminally ill?
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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4
Are there fat suits?
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6
Is existentialism debated?
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3
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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16
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2
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spirochaete
There's a small scene after the credits where Hugo the gargoyle waves us all goodbye.
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Does it have a sad ending?
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19
Vehicular
Does a car crash?
12 supporters
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AtarahDerekh
A wagon is pushed into a river to force its occupants out. Otherwise, there are no motor vehicles in this film.
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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16
Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
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Dearborn
No, but practically the entire city of Paris is set on fire and portrayed in a devastating fashion.
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Is there blood/gore?
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AtarahDerekh
Minimal. A character is shot by an arrow and receives stitches. The wound is shown, but it's not actively bleeding.
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Does someone drown?
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thespianscreed
A character nearly drowns but is rescued.
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ajmiller03
One of the gargoyles spits rocks at guards which makes a similar sound/flash to automatic fire
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