Post by Esmeralda on Feb 21, 2014 2:37:01 GMT -5
Character Name: Quasimodo
Played By: Kevin McHale (Negotiable)
Description: Despite his appearance, Quasimodo is a kind and gentle person.
He was also curious and trusting, enough so that he was naive to the
true nature of his master, Judge Frollo until he was in his early twenties.
Even when Frollo taught Quasimodo that gypsies such as Esmeralda were
evil, Quasimodo was not particularly violent towards them.
He also seems to have an attachment to Notre Dame, as he didn't
leave even after he was accepted into society.
His devotion to his master almost
proved to be his undoing, as it has almost caused him to abandon
his friends and allies at one time.
He can also show violence towards his
enemies, particularly when they were threatening his
friends and allies, especially Esmeralda.
On a side note, Quasimodo is a talented artist, able to carve
miniature figurines and toys, a scale wooden model of Paris and the
Cathedral itself, and crafted a decoration of hung pieces/shards of stained glass.
Quasimodo likely developed his skills in handicraft as a hobby or to
make his life isolated in the belltower more bearable.
Finally, Quasimodo, despite his appearance, is a very
agile acrobat, able to quickly move across rooftops, scale
buildings, rope-swing, and climb large structures with little difficulty.
He likely made a habit of climbing and scaling the cathedral
to better observe the world from which his master forbade
him from ever entering, and to see the free people,
envying them for being able to live as they do.
Due to his duty to ring the bells of Notre Dame,
Quasimodo possesses extreme physical strength.
One of the first instances of this abnormal physical strength was
him being able to lift the fully armored Pheobus up off
his feet with no notable effort when Pheobus entered the bell
tower in search of Esmeralda. More so, perhaps
the most impressive feats we see of Quasimodo
was his ability to break free of the chains which held
him in the bell tower when Frollo was preparing to execute Esmeralda.
Character Name: Pheobus
Sterling Knight (Negotiable)
Description: The gallant Captain Phoebus is noted to have a
highly reputable calibre in the wars based on his bravery accounted
in his service record. He is the only soldier in the movie that stands
apart from the other soldiers and is claimed to be a knight in shining armor,
and yet his character displays the exact opposite of the hopeless romantic
knight from the fairy tales. The Disney Animators chose to deviate from
the book and created a mature, down-to-earth Phoebus who is far less the
dimwitted, womanizing cad that he is portrayed in the book.
Though he tends to over-analyze and act like he knows what he's
doing, he is described as a soldier who is sarcastically witty, brave,
confident, and enjoys finding humor in situations. Gary Trousdale
admits that what he most likes about Phoebus is that "although he can
keep a straight face when it's required of him, you can tell deep down,
he'd rather tell a joke." Phoebus is almost always seeming to get into
arguments, even with Esmeralda.
Out of Frollo and his men, Phoebus is
the only one that
cleverly sees through the disguise of Esmeralda and
is also quick to discover
that Frollo's ideals for justice are unethical and a
twisted kind of corruption.
Unfortunately, the opportunistic Phoebus
had already accepted
Frollo's summon to be his Captain of the
Guard under the
assumption that the Minister
of Justice was righteous and fair; therefore, he
accepts this reality of working for
a corrupt man as a consequence for diving
into this opportunity he should not
have readily taken in his desire to leave
the wars and settle down for a more
stabilized life. As Frollo's cruelty towards
the other gypsies increases with the
level of obsession he has for Esmeralda,
Phoebus is forced to choose between
his passion for guarding the defenseless
people with the condition that he works
under Frollo, or be jobless due to the fact
that he is trained to be nothing else but
a soldier that he is fated to be in this
Throughout the film, Phoebus
becomes more of the neutral hero that
takes orders from Frollo then later goes behind
Frollo's back and helps those who are
caught in Frollo's injustice.
However, when Frollo unreasonably
orders Phoebus to burn down a
miller's home with the innocent
family trapped inside, Phoebus
takes a stand and
refuses to murder the innocent.
When Frollo sets fire to the windmill
and sends the miller's home ablaze,
Phoebus bravely puts his own life on the
line for the lives of
another family and dives through
the window of the burning building, takes the
two children in his arms, and kicks down
the bolted door to lead the rest of the family
out to safety. When he is sentenced to be
beheaded for insubordination, Phoebus holds no
fear of death from his experience in
the wars and boldly accepts it as his highest honor.
As an ex-soldier fugitive, Phoebus
continues to help the gypsies from Frollo's
obsessed wrath and after escaping from his
imprisonment, instills courage in the people
and joins both the townspeople and the gypsies
together to fight against Frollo and his men
from the attack on Notre Dame.
At first glance, Phoebus finds Esmeralda to be an
attractive woman to look at, but it
was only until after witnessing her stand up
against Frollo did his interests for her
setting herself apart prompt him to
find out her name.
In the cathedral scene, Esmeralda
takes him off guard when the gypsy abruptly
takes him down and points his own sword at him,
the first woman to do that in a time where women were
regarded by everyone as submissive to men.
Phoebus took her challenge and got out from his
dangerous position in order to
talk to her, but then finds his flirtatious entertainment
in deflecting her attacks
with the candle stand. Because he fails to take
he gets injured a few times as a result.
Not intending the fight to be as serious as she
was making it out to be,
Phoebus bows out and acknowledges her as an equal.
His confidence is neither passed arrogance nor
conceitedness as he displays awkwardness to Esmeralda
when he introduces himself
with the meaning of his name, "Sun God."
Contrary to all the men
that fawn over her beauty, Phoebus is the
only one that simply asks
for her name out of his interest to get to
know her better.
The captain of the guards finds her to be
more than just a
beautiful woman to look at after the feisty
gypsy proved to stand out
from what society expected of women
and also have a true
sense of justice. According to the
Disney animators, the soldier
Phoebus enchants, beguiles, and challenges
Esmeralda in the same
way that she does to others.
When Phoebus realizes Quasimodo also has
feelings for Esmeralda, however,
Phoebus steps back to give Quasimodo a chance to impress
Esmeralda and settles on a friendship with Esmeralda instead.
In the end, despite the fact that they are from two worlds that are
forbidden to be together by society, Quasimodo steps back and
reunites Phoebus with Esmeralda as an
official and passionate couple in the end.
Phoebus then shows Esmeralda a new
Paris where the
townspeople and the outcasts are
united and both watch as
Quasimodo is cheered on and
accepted by the people like he
rightfully deserved and wanted.