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Disney Pledges Millions To Help Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

The animated films released during the Disney Renaissance Era (1989-1999) are perhaps some of the most iconic in the company’s history.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996) may not be high on Time’s “Worst to Best” list for the decade-long era that brought the company out of its “Dark Age,” but it still has its fans.

The recent events surrounding the heartbreaking fire at the iconic cathedral in Paris make us think of the film set in 15th-century Paris that introduced many of us to “The Bells of Notre Dame.”



One climactic scene of the film shows the villain — Frollo — setting fires across Paris, destroying homes and lives and families. And now, a version of that has taken place.

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Jason Alexander, who voiced the role of “Hugo” in the film, tweeted his heartfelt condolences after hearing news of the devastation Notre Dame had experienced.

“The light of humanity is forever dimmed today,” he wrote. “People of Paris, people of France — ours are weeping beside you.”

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We watched with broken hearts and silent tears as flames and smoke rose from Notre Dame on Monday, April 15.

It is thanks to the tireless and devoted work of the responding firefighters that the devastation did not reach as far as it could have, according to The Associated Press.

French citizens have banded together to repair the damage. Millions of dollars — nearing a billion — have been donated by individuals, institutions, and companies, The New York Times reported.

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In addition to the amazing support the city has received from its own people and country, international support has poured in as well.

The Walt Disney Company has announced a pledge of $5 million to help support Notre Dame’s reconstruction efforts.

“Notre-Dame is a beacon of hope and beauty that has defined the heart of Paris and the soul of France for centuries, inspiring awe and reverence for its art and architecture and for its enduring place in human history,” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the company, Robert A. Iger, said in a statement.

“The Walt Disney Company stands with our friends and neighbors in the community, offering our heartfelt support as well as a $5 million donation for the restoration of this irreplaceable masterpiece,” he continued.

 

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Notre Dame may never be fully restored to its former glory, but it is touching to see so many in France and around the world donate to this cause.

Liftable, a brand of The Western Journal, reached out to The Walt Disney Company for comment regarding how the fire might affect the company’s plans for the live-action reboot of “Hunchback.”

We have not heard back, but if on-location filming plans were in the works, we imagine the recent tragedy will have some effect on the production’s plans.

Our hearts are with all who mourn the great cathedral. We are grateful for the love being shown to the people of Paris in the wake of the tragedy.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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