The concept: Disney turns the clock back on Victor Hugo's classic story to focus on Quasimodo's awkward younger years. True-to-the Walt way, the movie touts a beautiful princess type, talking animals (or in this case gargoyles) and a kickin' kid's soundtrack. The reception: A welcome improvement over " Pocahontas," "Hunchback" was touted as a childrens movie with darker themes than any of its predecessors. Fans got a second dose of the Renaissance-era story with a direct-to-DVD sequel in 2002. As good as: "A Bugs Life" both have a one-of-a-kind protagonist who fights the villains and saves the girl.
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