The Hunchback of Notre Dame is this week’s feature movie on Animation Monday. The movie was released during what is viewed now as Disney’s second decline in animated movies. Things were starting to move from hand-drawn animation to computer-aided and then finally computer-animated movies. Given the size of Disney’s animation department, Disney was slow to adapt to this change. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released in 1996 when hand-drawn animated movies still had a place in theaters. Like Mulan and Hercules, it was a box office success. The film grossed $325 million on a budget of $100 million.
Disney has a lot of animated movies and shorts out there. The first volume of Animation Monday is going to focus on the films relased by Walt Disney Animation Studios. By the time, I’ve gone through all of them, there will be 56 films in total. Currently, there are 54 films but Zootopia and Moana will release during the series. I went into a random number generator to determine the order that I will review the films. There are some great runs of Disney movies and some dry spells and I wanted to break those up. I will attempt to watch the films before review but some of the films are hard to find even on the Disney Movies Anywhere app. Today, we start with the 8th movie released by Walt Disney Animation Studios.