"The Hunchback of Notre Dame II" is a 2002 direct-to-video follow up to the 1996 Disney animated movie, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". The movie is directed by Bradley Raymond and functions returning voice stars from the initial film, consisting of Tom Hulce as Quasimodo and Kevin Kline as Captain Phoebus. The sequel is set numerous years after the original film and introduces a number of new characters, including Zephyr, the boy of Phoebus and Esmeralda, and Madellaine, a circus entertainer who ends up being Quasimodo's love interest.Plot
The film is focused around the La Fidèle, Notre Dame's legendary bell, which is known to have incredible powers. A traveling circus led by the evil Sarousch enters town, with the prejudice of stealing the bell. Sarousch manipulates his entertainer Madellaine into befriending Quasimodo, understanding that Quasimodo is the bell-ringer and could provide her access to the bell tower.
Madellaine, initially after the bell, winds up falling for Quasimodo's compassion and genuineness and is torn between her loyalties to Sarousch and her growing love for Quasimodo. In the middle of this, Zephyr, the naughty boy of Phoebus and Esmeralda, likewise ends up being associated with Sarousch's plot due to his tremendous desire to join the circus.Dispute and Resolution
When Sarousch effectively steals La Fidèle and kidnaps Zephyr as a hostage, Madellaine lastly breaks free from his control, admits to Quasimodo about the original plan and alerts Phoebus about the stolen bell. A huge chase ensues, resulting in Sarousch's arrest, Zephyr's rescue, and the return of La Fidèle.Character Development and Conclusion
Throughout the movie, Quasimodo experiences significant character development. The story focuses on themes of self-acceptance, as Quasimodo discovers to see previous his physical appearance and recognize his own worth. With Madellaine's character, the movie checks out the concept of redemption and the guts to stand up against misdeeds, even when it comes from an individual she is indebted to.
In the end, Madellaine and Quasimodo express their love for each other. Quasimodo finally experiences the outside world joyfully and with confidence, no longer just from the solitary confinements of his bell tower however hand in hand with Madellaine, showcasing a pleased ending.Critical Reception
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame II" received blended reviews from critics. Some praised its well-intentioned messages and the continuity of characters from the original motion picture while others slammed it for doing not have the depth, complexity, and animation quality of its predecessor. However, it is perceived as a wholesome movie made for kids, promoting values of sincerity, self-acceptance, bravery, and the capability to stand up against evil.