Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library

Disney announced plans to release The Hunchback of Notre Dame on home video on October 29, 1996. The first copies of the VHS were produced in January 1997, before they were released on March 4, 1997.[1]


Disney's critically acclaimed 34th full-length animated masterpiece -- a stunning addition to your family's Disney collection--is an "uplifting, thrilling story with a heart-touching message that emerges from the comedy and song" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)! Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic novel, Disney brings the heroic adventures of Quasimodo, the gentle and lonely bell ringer of Notre Dame, to spectacular life. At the urging of his hilarious gargoyle pals, Victor, Hugo (Jason Alexander) and Laverne, Quasimodo defies his evil guardian Frollo and ventures from his tower to the joyous Festival of Fools below. But the crowd turns cruel and rejects Quasi because of the way he looks. After another outcast, the gypsy Esmerelda (Demi Moore), rescues him, Quasi finds himself battling to save the people and the city he loves--while reminding us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear.

VHS Supplements

Video Creation date Announcer
1 Green warning screens (1991-1997) September 7, 1991
2 Walt Disney Company intro +
Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary Bumper (1996-1997)
October 29, 1996
or February 4, 1997
Beau Weaver
3 Promo for Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary March 4, 1997 Kath Soucie
4 Join Us for a Special Preview Bumper (1996-1998) October 29, 1996 Beau Weaver
5 Sneak preview of Hercules November 27, 1996 Mark Elliott
6 Teaser trailer for George of the Jungle November 27, 1996 Don LaFontaine
7 Walt Disney Company "Coming to Video" Bumper (1997-1998) March 4, 1997 Beau Weaver
8 Trailer for Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves February 4, 1997 Mark Elliott
9 Video preview for 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) March 4, 1997 Brian Cummings
10 "Feature Presentation" (1992-1999) October 29, 1996 Beau Weaver
11 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo (1994-1999) October 28, 1994
12 Full Screen Format Disclaimer (1994-2000) January 22, 1994
13 The Hunchback of Notre Dame June 21, 1996

In Other Countries

Country of origin Release date
South Korea March 26, 1997
United Kingdom February 24, 1997
Australia June 5, 1997
Japan October 24, 1997