Hellfire (song)

Hellfire (Song)

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Hellfire (song)

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"Hellfire" is a song from Disney's 1996 animated feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The song is sung by the film's antagonist, Judge Claude Frollo, who is voiced by the late Tony Jay. It begins in Bb major, before turning to its relative minor G. It soon modulates briefly into C minor, then F major, has an spoken intersection where the bass lies on A, dominant of D minor, the key which the song finally ends in.

The song was intended to contrast the song "Heaven's Light", which was sung by Quasimodo moments earlier, expressing his feelings of love for Esmeralda. The song is considered to be one of the darkest in any Disney film, depicting both Hell and lust, two subjects that are generally considered inappropriate for children. This song and sequence prompted the ratings board to consider a PG rating for the film. In its defense, Disney claimed that its adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame was meant to play as much to adult audiences as to children. The studio attempted to produce an animated film with an audience broader than only children, the main target audience of Disney animated features. In a review of the soundtrack to the film, Christian Clemmensen of Filmtracks.com stated that "the darkest depths of The Hunchback of Notre Dame exist in 'Hellfire,' one of the most stunning visual and aural combinations in animation history. The song is so overwhelmingly compelling in an evil sense that it alone was worth the cost of...
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