boatman

As you all know, “Beauty and the Beast”, is my favorite Disney film; hence it’s not a surprise that I also love “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” which was made by much of the same crew members as the former film.

Released in 1996, Disney’s 34th animated feature is known as one of the darkest Disney Canon films (along with “The Black Cauldron”) as well as the most adult Disney Canon film! This film deals with topics such as racism, prejudice, religion, hell, and even lust! I’m still surprised this film passed with a “G” rating! Nevertheless, it’s one of my favorite Disney films!

Based on Victor Hugo’s book of the same name,

"Yes, I did write something other than 'Les Miserables'!"

“Yes, I did write something other than ‘Les Miserables’!”

the film is about a hunchbacked man named Quasimodo who is raised by the evil judge Frollo after his mother dies.

"Hmm, I guess it's my humanistic duty to take care of you, my dear innocent child!"

“Hmm, I guess it’s my humanistic duty to take care of you, my dear innocent child!”

Well, actually after Frollo kills Quasimodo’s mother!

Killed by one foot? That makes it a feat!

Killed by one foot? That makes it a feat!

Frollo finds Quasimodo simply revolting because of his appearance as well as his Romanov descent; so he decides to keep Quasimodo away from the public view by making him the official bell-ringer of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Time passes and Quasimodo dreams of escaping the cathedral’s walls and venturing out to meet real people!

Say what you want, but that looks much more fun than meeting people!

Say what you want, but that looks much more fun than meeting people!

Heck, the only friends he has are his three imaginary/semi-imaginary/kind of imaginary/who are we kidding? they’re pretty much real gargoyle companions.

To be precise, they're actually grotesques, not gargoyles. The difference is that gargoyles have spouts to allow water to flow out of. Nerdy fact of the day!

To be precise, they’re actually grotesques, not gargoyles. The difference is that gargoyles have spouts to allow water to flow out of. Nerdy fact of the day!

The two “male” gargoyles are named “Victor” and “Hugo” as a tribute to the author.

"Walt, if you grant me accreditation, , that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you!"

“Disney, if you grant me accreditation, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you!”

The “female” gargoyle is named Laverne as a tribute to Laverne Andrews, one of the Andrews Sisters.

Not too sure why she was paid tribute to, but 'm not complaining!

Not too sure why she was paid tribute to, but ‘m not complaining!

One day, Quasimodo gathers the courage to leave the confines of the cathedral which leads to discovering new conflicts and meeting new characters such as Esmeralda, the gypsy,

Demi Moore in her Bruce Willis years!

Demi Moore in her Bruce Willis years!

Phoebus, the Captain of the Guard,

Kevin Kline pre-"The Road to El Dorado"

Kevin Kline pre-“The Road to El Dorado”!

and even Jafar in his “old man” disguise!

Arrested for being a heretic...probably due to traveling hundreds of years into the future!

Arrested for being a heretic…probably due to traveling hundreds of years into the future!

This was one of those Disney films that I’ve complained about already where it was hard to pick a forgotten/minor character. And even after picking one, I wasn’t pleased with my choice. But, what can I do? Hopefully, you all will be pleased with it!

The character that I picked was the boatman. He operates a boat and is the one helping Quasimodo’s parents escape from Paris surreptitiously when Quasimodo was a baby.

"Do you trust me?"

“Do you trust me?”

But the plan goes awry, and that’s when Frollo enters and messes everything up.

Now the boatman is important because, had he not taken Quasimodo’s family up the river (literally, not figuratively), they most likely would not have been killed and may have lived as gypsies throughout the movie. They still would have been persecuted by Frollo and his army, but maybe the movie would have gone a different direction in granting the gypsies their freedom.

Anyway, regarding the boatman, he himself gets captured!

boatman capture

I wonder if they killed him as well for “harboring and transporting illegal immigrants for a fee”! Or maybe, he’s a traitor and alerted Frollo himself that these particular gypsies would be found near the docks of Notre Dame! And then they secretly released him after!

"Do you trust me?"

“My fees, kind Frollo!”

Whatever the case may be, the boatman is the character I decided to focus on for this post!

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