The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 is a 2002 American romantic musical comedy-drama film and is one of many straight-to-video sequels made by Disney. This one in particular is a 2002 sequel to their 1996 animated film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, loosely based on Victor Hugo's novel.
The movie, like many of Disney's "cheapquels", was panned by critics and fans of the original movie alike. It currently has a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 4.7 out of 10 on IMDb.
Now that Frollo is gone, Quasimodo rings the bell with the help of his new friend and Esmeralda's and Phoebus' little son, Zephyr. But when Quasi stops by a traveling circus owned by evil magician Sarousch, he falls for Madellaine, Sarouch's assistant. But the greedy Sarousch forces Madellaine to help him steal the Cathedral's most famous bell, known as La Fidele.
Why It Sucks
- Extremely poor animation.
- This movie has a light hearted and comical tone, which is just off-putting because the first movie was considered by many as one of the darkest Disney's animated films, it should be a worthy note that while the first film did had some light hearted and comical moments, those were usually few and far between.
- Sarousch is a weaker and less imposing villain than Frollo from the first movie, and his plan to steal the bell called La Fidele is nowhere near as evil as Frollo's plan, which was to kill all the gypsies in Paris.
- Too many plotholes and continuity errors. Examples:
- In the first film, Esmeralda's eye's were green, but for some strange reason in the sequel, her eyes are blue.
- At the end of the first film, Quasimodo is finally accepted by the people of Paris and it's implied that he is finally moving out of the Cathedral's bell tower. In the sequel, however, he is still living in the bell tower for some unexplained reason, though it's most likely possible that he likes to live the bell tower now.
- Zephyr is annoying.
- Madellaine is bland, but pretty.
- Forgettable and horrible songs.
- Horrible script and lame dialogue.
- The Gargoyles are more annoying and get a lot more screen time in this film.
- In the first film, Phoebus was smart, but in this movie, he's very slow-witted and dumbfounded.
- Phoebus somewhat acts like a complete jerk as well, believing that Carnies (the circus people) are evil, which Esmeralda compares to gypsies. This also sounds racist, considered that this is a kids movie.
- Esmeralda gets very little screen time despite being a key character and heroine on the first film.
- The final battle near the end of the film is poorly done, as a climax setting in an underground sewers where Madellaine and Quasimodo work together to save Zephyr from Sarousch is nowhere near as epic as the first film, were Phoebus, the Gargoyles, the Gypsis as well as the people of Paris fights off Frollo's minions, while Quasimodo and Esmeralda fights Frollo on the top of the Bell Tower that's is being pouring down by molten copper.
- The first film had a perfect closing ending, so it was completely unnecessary for a sequel to be made, the reason for this movie to only exists is to give the people who watched the first movie the hope that Quasimodo got the girl he wanted.
- For a strange unknown reason, Esmeralda appears to be wearing shoes in this film, even though she appeared barefoot in the first film.
- Quasimodo finally get a girlfriend, Madellaine, and the romance between the two is done reasonably. The movie gives reasons for her to love him despite his physical appearance.
- The voice acting is still good.
- While no were NEAR a good as Frollo, Sarousch can be entertaining.
- There are some admittedly good funny moments here and there, such as during the scene where Hugo and Laverne argue at each other, Hugo was saying "Take that..." only for him to get punch in the snout by Laverne, and snuffly said "Back!".
- All of the original voice cast is back, with two exceptions: Tony Jay due to character death, and Mary Wickes due to her actual death.