I am the biggest fan of Victor Hugo, from "Les Miserables" to "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." To me, his words are true and alive, no matter how much time passes.
I've never been a big Disney fan, but when this film came out, I was excited. Forgive me, I was only 6. I didn't know that much about Hugo at the time.
Tonight, I'm watching the film again roughly after 8 years. I must say, WOW! Most Disney films are childish and silly (sorry guys), but this film actually had some mature intensity behind it, none that I understood when I was small. Looking at it fresh makes me wonder how I ever took it all in.
The movie is quite graphic, intense, and sometimes a little seductive, but it is still glorious. My advice, don't let your kids see it unless they are either REALLY naive, or REALLY mature. The average kid won't be able to take it.
If you are a fan of the book, try the movie. No really, it's worth it.
PLOT: Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who lives in the highest tower of the church, ventures outside his home and falls for a gypsey woman, the desire of the corrupt priest who has raise the bellringer.
PROS: Music, Scope, Epic Granduer.
CONS: Talking Gargoyles (they kinda represent the little fact that Quasimodo is a schizophrenic, another point kids won't get).