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The Hunchback of Notre Dame II is a 2002 direct-to-video sequel to the 1996 Disney animated film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was produced by Walt Disney Animation Japan and released on March 19, 2002.


In 1488, six years after the events of the original film, Captain Phoebus and Esmeralda are married and have a son named Zephyr. They have started a commune. Quasimodo is now free to interact with the public; however, he continues to live in the cathedral with his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne. The city is just a few days away from Le Jour D'Amour, a festival where couples declare their love for one another.

A circus of thieves, led by Sarousch, enters town to steal Notre Dame's most beloved bell: La Fidèle, the inside of which is decorated with enormous jewels of various colors. He sends Madellaine, his beautiful assistant, to discover the whereabouts of La Fidèle; however, she runs away after seeing Quasimodo, Notre Dame's bellringer and as such, the keeper of La Fidèle. The gargoyles convince Quasimodo to go to the circus in an attempt to court Madellaine. Meanwhile Madellaine feeling bad for what happened begs Sarousch to not do this theft but he won't have it and reminds Madellaine of how he took her in after she was caught stealing instead of handing her over to the authorities. That night, Quasimodo Zephyr, Esmerelda and Phoebus enjoy their time at the circus. Sarousch also wows the audience when he makes an elephant disappear while his associates steal from the audience. Sarousch forces Madellaine to follow Quasimodo and obtain the information he wants. She follows Quasimodo and Zephyr, and after seeing how gentle Quasimodo is with Zephyr, his appearance no longer bothers her. Quasimodo takes her around Paris and shows her numerous sights.

Meanwhile, Phoebus receives reports of robberies and sets out on his horse, Achilles, to investigate. The gargoyles and a group of people sing a song that tells about how Quasimodo and Madellaine are in love just as rain begins to fall and dance in the streets. After a flash of lightning, Quasimodo and Madellaine run into the cathedral laughing. Madellaine dries off behind a curtain, and the Gargoyles suggest how he could make the evening romantic including some music, candlelight, or curling up by the fire. While drying off Madellaine sneezes and the gargoyles acknowledge it and she thanks them which surprises them. After looking around Quasimodo shows her La Fidèle which she is amazed by but also becomes nervous remembering what she has to do. The two sit by the fire and after Madellaine asks him if he meant what he said, Quasimodo tells her how amazing she is. He says that he is not a handsome man but Madellaine also admits that she likes him regardless of how he looks outside. Quasimodo gives Madellaine a figurine he made of her, and he tells her that she can now see herself through his eyes. Tears well up in Madellaine's eyes, and after kissing Quasimodo on the forehead, she leaves. The gargoyles are glad Quasimodo is in love and happy but seconds later he faints while smiling.

The next day, Quasimodo feels odd; one minute he feels sick, the next he feels energetic. After he seeks Esmeralda's help, she realizes he is in love with Madellaine and tells him he must tell Madellaine of his feelings. Phoebus enters and declares that the circus is responsible for a string of thefts in which Madellaine might be implicated, which do not delight the other main characters (Quasimodo due to being in love with Madellaine, Esmeralda due to believing that Phoebus still holds prejudice views towards gypsies, and Zephyr due to admiring the circus).

Sarousch convinces Madellaine to distract Quasimodo while he steals La Fidèle, and she reluctantly agrees especially since she does not want him harmed. Later, while Quasimodo is out with Madellaine, Sarousch and two of his subordinates sneak into the cathedral. Zephyr and Djali the goat follow them and watch as Sarousch causes La Fidèle to vanish. The gargoyles, who had tried to drop a bell on the thieves, end up trapped under it; Laverne rams one of its sides, causing the bell to clang loudly. Hearing the sound, Quasimodo and Madellaine rush back. After the Archdeacon finds out that La Fidèle has been stolen, Clopin (Paul Kandel) says if they don't find the bell, the festival will be ruined. Phoebus guesses that Sarousch is responsible, he sends the soldiers all over Paris to find Sarousch. Quasimodo assumes that Madellaine has used him, and tells Phoebus that he was right and he runs back into the cathedral. Phoebus apologizes to Quasimodo and has Madellaine arrested, and after realizing that he lost his true love and can no longer trust her, Quasimodo starts crying on the steps of Notre Dame feeling miserable, used and betrayed.

Quasimodo climbs to the bell tower, he hears the gargoyles calling, and pulls the bell off them. After they tell him Zephyr left to pursue Sarousch, Quasimodo and Esmeralda rush to the Palace of Justice to tell Phoebus. Madellaine, who is locked in a cell, tells them Sarousch has taken the bell underground. Although Esmeralda convinces her husband to trust Madellaine's word, he nevertheless binds Madellaine's hands and forces her to accompany him.

Quasimodo and the others venture into the dank catacombs. They encounter Djali, who takes them to Sarousch and Zephyr. Sarousch forces Phoebus and the guards into opening the gate to allow his raft through by using Zephyr as a hostage. Madellaine convinces Quasimodo to trust her, and the pair run up a stairwell. Quasimodo lassoes a rock to create a tightrope, and Madellaine walks across it. When the raft passes beneath her, Madellaine seizes Zephyr from Sarousch's grasp. With Sarousch robbed of his leverage, the guards advance on Sarousch and arrest him.

The film ends with the festival and everyone proclaiming their love for each other including Phoebus and Esmerelda. Meanwhile the Gargoyles realize that Quasimodo has grown up and hope that Madellaine will take care of him. She tells them she will, she knows the three were alive which causes their jaws to drop off. Quasimodo and Madellaine proclaiming their love for each other and sharing their first kiss while Zephyr rings La Fidèle.


The film was universally panned by critics and audiences alike, with criticism going towards the extremely poor animation, weak songs, and the dull villain, even when compared to other DTV sequels of the 1990s and early-2000s. To this day, it is strongly despised by the Disney fandom and considered to be one of Disney's worst films, described as a "cash-cow with no heart or soul..."

In recent years though, many fans have spoken up online saying that the film is a sweet and touching story, though it's notoriously low-budget animation quality and it's weak villain Sarouch is still criticized to this day.

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Additional Voices[]

  • Jim Cummings as Archdeacon
  • Joe Lala as Guard #1
  • Frank Welker as Achilles & Djali
  • April Winchell as Lady DeBurne
  • Newell Alexander
  • Philippe Benichou
  • Mitch Carter
  • David Cowgill
  • Wendy Cutler
  • Iake Eissinman
  • Nicholas Guest
  • Bridget Hoffman
  • Fredrika Kasten
  • Luisa Leschin
  • Edie Mirman
  • Philece Sampler as Male Villagers
  • Tara Strong as Little Girl



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  • The movie was originally intended to be released on August 28, 2001 but was pushed back a year. Despite the scheduled 2001/2002 release, the end credits revealed that the film was made in 2000.
  • This is the last direct-to-video film to be produced in hand-painted cel animation.
  • The first US trailer and the international trailers for this film used a music cue loosely inspired by both the opening music from the 1994 20th Century Fox/Turner Pictures live-action/animated film The Pagemaster (which, ironically, Disney currently owns the domestic rights for under the former label) and the song If I Never Knew You from Pocahontas simply titled Bait and Switch.
  • All returning characters retain their original voice actors with the exception of the Archdeacon (who is voiced by Jim Cummings in place of David Ogden Stiers), Laverne (who is voiced by Jane Withers, replacing Mary Wickes who died during production of the first film), and Frollo's voice actor Tony Jay (since he died at the end of the first film). Heidi Mollenhauer also did not return as the singing voice for Esmeralda.
  • Although this film was animated by Walt Disney Animation Japan, its staff previously worked at TMS Entertainment on shows like Batman: The Animated Series.
  • The original Hunchback of Notre Dame characters only made limited appearances in House of Mouse, not counting the ones that were featured here due to omitting the direct-to-video characters from the show because of promotional troubles during that period and this is regarded to be one of the many DTV sequels to be at its worst.
    • Further to that extent, these characters are off-limits in Disney Emoji Blitz, save for the characters that appear in the original 1996 movie.

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