Stylistically, artistic coordinator Randy Fullmer, art director Dave Goetz, layout supervisor Ed Ghertner and background supervisor Lisa Keane set out to incorporate Hugo's Gothic vision and spent considerable time analyzing the author's own drawings and artwork. His concept of a three-tiered universe with heaven above, the gritty streets of urban Paris viewed as Hell, and the bell tower of Notre Dame as the bridge between the two became one of the film's central themes. Quasimodo is symbolically viewed as being trapped between the two worlds.
During the early stages of development, the creative team took a ten-day field trip to Paris to closely observe the cathedral at Notre Dame and other key locations (the Palace of Justice, the location of the Court of Miracles). Hugo used the cathedral as a centerpiece of his tale and the film makers remained faithful to that concept by making it a multifaceted character; expressing different moods and reactions to each of the principals.
As production got underway in Burbank, co-producer Roy Conif relocated to France to supervise a team of 100 artists and animators at Disney's Paris-based feature animation studio. Utilizing a tremendous pool of talent from all over Europe, this group added an element of authenticity and contributed about ten minutes of animation to the overall effort, including the prologue and a portion of the climactic battle sequence. Renowned film makers Paul and Gaetan Brizzi, who played a key role in storyboarding the film, served as sequence directors in Paris.
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Foreign Language Title: "Le Bossu De Notre-Dame" (French).
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