What is Disney film do you think is the most underated?
There’s plenty of Disney films I think are good but not appreciated, but on the scale of really being a top-notch Disney film and just not getting the cinematic appreciation it deserves, that would have to be Hunchback of Notre Dame. The complexities of the villain, the topics that the movie covers, the religious theming and rampant racism are covered in just a stellar plot and it has brilliant animation. I understand why it has not become popular because it’s not very marketable but this was clearly a film where research was done and did not skim over serious issues. One important part I appreciate about the film was that they did not sugar-coat Quasimodo’s ugliness, which was surprising to me when I first watched the film; I thought he would be maybe a little goofy looking but Disney really did not shy away. Of course, he’s not grotesque, but he does have serious deformities and was not pleasant for me to look at the first time around. And of course, there’s the most brilliant mark of the film, Hellfire, where the topic of sexual impurity and urges are done in such a modest way for children but very clear for adults. The whole movie is just an admirable undertaking and it’s a shame it’s not more popular.