Moppets will squeal with delight over the antics of the deformed bell-ringer; adults may groan at the monstrous melding of Disney humor and Victor Hugo's classic. On the eve of the annual Jour D'Amour Festival, Parisians polish up declarations of love for their significant others. But poor Quasimodo (voice of Tom Hulce) can only shine his favorite bell, La Fidele, and prepare to ring in the gala event. Although his gargoyle pals try to bolster his self-confidence, it saddens Quasi to ponder what romantic future a hunchback (with only one good eye, yet) could have! Meanwhile, Quasi's best friend, handsome army officer Phoebus (Kevin Kline), has found happiness with Esmerelda the gypsy (Demi Moore). Rather than sink into a swamp of self-pity, Quasi babysits for the happy couple's adventurous child, Zephyr (Haley Joel Osment). Trumpeting the upcoming holiday, a circus comes to town. The traveling show's ringmaster, Sarousch (Michael McKean), employs a band of pickpockets to fleece the crowds, as his assistant, Madellaine (Jennifer Love Hewitt), distracts their attention. Sarousch also coerces Madellaine, his legal ward, into gaining Quasi's trust so Sarousch can steal La Fidele. Quasi falls head over heels in love and vacates his bell tower to woo Madellaine, allowing Saroush to spirit the bell off through the underground canals of Paris. But unbeknownst to the thief, Zephyr has stowed away on Sarousch's boat. Phoebus leads the search, and eventually realizes he that if he's going to save Zephyr and recover the ball, he must give the disgraced Madellaine a second chance to prove herself. Is she still Sarousch's accomplice or a repentant waif? Despite the Japanese animation, which lacks the usual Disney luster, this direct-to-video sequel has a story line strong enough to overcome any visual disappointment. Fans of the loveable singing hunchback will sympathize with Quasi's introduction to the birds and the bees.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: G
- Review: Moppets will squeal with delight over the antics of the deformed bell-ringer; adults may groan at the monstrous melding of Disney humor and Victor Hugo's classic. On the eve of the annual Jour D'Amour Festival, Parisians polish up declarations of love for… (more)