of the third wave of original kits, this one is perhaps the least lovely
of all, due to theobvious anguish of its subject, but that's precisely what makes
it such a great kit. There is such expression in the features of the
face and torso.
very medieval design of the platform and chains is sort of a preview to the
later torture kits like the Guillotine
and the Pendulum.
What cheerful worlds we little kids chose to let our imaginations loose in!
figure was seen darting about the towers and scaling the walls like a human fly.
The figure was that of the grotesque hunchback foundling, named Quasimodo after
the Sunday on which he was found. He was now the bell-ringer and keeper of the
bells at the cathedral. Now, in the middle of the night when decent people were
in bed, the bells could be heard pealing out as if for some evil celebration.
Demonic laughter could be heard over the sound of the bells."
from Original Promotional Copy on Instruction Sheet See
I've just recently picked up the Polar Lights reissue of this
kit; now called "The Bellringer" (Disney wouldn't lend
licensing rights to the title - Lame-O!!) I've opened the box, and checked
out the pieces, but have not yet begun assembling. I'm already trying to
decide what colors to use for the clothing. I like the earthier tones
of both of these photos, but they don't quite "pop" the way I want
mine to. (It's probably just the photos!) I'm
thinking I might go for the box lid suggestions, but I'll grey out the green
and purple to mute the tones.
the PROJECTOR to watch a HUNCHBACK
Hunchback of Notre Dame" - 1923 Studio: Universal Starring: Lon Chaney, Sr., Norman Kerry, Patsy
Ruth Miller, Director: Wallace Worsley
Big fun. The best
version of Victor Hugo's classic tale of the deformed bellringer, due to
both the excellent Universal production values and the talents of Chaney.
The flogging sequence is still a heart- wrencher. Sorry kids, no singing gargoyles
in this one.
the PROJECTOR to watch another
the BOOK to read the
Original VICTOR HUGO NOVEL