Dark Origins of Disney Fairy Tales
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Disney s film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, has its origin in the story by Victor Hugo. Even in the movie, the hunchback, Quasimodo, does not get his happily ever after with his love interest, Esmerelda, who settles with the Captain of the Guard Phoebus, as she is not romantically interested in Quasimodo, but he gets accepted, despite his deformities, as he defeats Frollo. But, in Hugo s tale, Frollo frames Esmerelda for an attack on Phoebus, and sentences her to death, an act out of contempt and jealousy. Quasimodo mourns by her grave, and starves himself to death, lying there.