I’ve just watched The Hunchback of Notre Dame from Disney not too long ago. It is as good as it is built up to be, so I’m happy with that. I think Beauty and the Beast is probably the best in the Renaissance but it is still a great movie. It only couldn’t elevate to heights due to the bad tonal shifts it has. Like, in the scene where Quasimodo finally goes out of the open and is humiliated, it jumps to a slapstick sequence during Esmeralda’s escape, which then it switches back to be like the latter, which is incredibly jarring. And to top things off, it pretty much acts like that escape sequence was added in last minute or hastily put in there to keep a G rating or else suffer the profit losses of the… PG rating! The crowd was on Esmeralda’s side on the treatment of Quasimodo, yet they acted like that sequence never happened? I think the stage show that was based off the Disney version fixed this by having the crowd boo Esmeralda instead, which is what it should’ve been ugh.
There are sequences like these before and later, but none come to mind as much as that alone. I will defend the Gargoyles, though, if only because I have a high tolerance of crap + I can imagine Duckman losing to a bird. That one line is memed on for a while, so I laugh at the thought of it every time.
But yeah, if you want your Disney films to be a little darker than usual that is actually good, consider watching this movie.