Quality of Character
Esmeralda is a "thieving gypsy" who gives lapdances to the villain. More accurately, she's the embodiment of brazen gypsy stereotypes shamelessly employed to create this character. She’s nice to Quasimodo, and if you want to push hard for other positive qualities, she's sort of trying to stand up for the rights of peasants... sort of. Esmeralda's QC score is far from the lowest on the list (she's no Ariel), but the bigger issue is trying to explain her qualities to a little kid while still discouraging your kid from hopping on the pole. This film's subject matter, and Esmeralda's finer qualities, are just too adult for most kids to wrap their heads around.
Overall Film Quality
Hunchback is definitely not a very strong showing for Disney. Seriously, though, what about the Victor Hugo novel said to these guys that it would really speak to a child audience? I guess it has a nice message about not judging people solely on their appearance, but… I’m fishing for something to like about this film.
Phoebus? Who? Utterly forgettable. And he has a mullet. NO. THANK. YOU.
Gargoyles are the comic relief. No, really. Frollo is definitely villainous, but rather than being an embraceable villain, he’s just creepy and rapey.
Another big pile of forgettable. The only song with a memorable title is God Help the Outcasts, but don’t bother you-tubing it, it’s pretty much schlock.
Although mostly covered, Esmeralda’s outfits are definitely designed to be… titillating. She’s a street-dancing gypsy, after all. She’s also one of the few DH’s to have completely unnecessary cleavage (check out the top picture). At least she wears sensible shoes?
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