In 15th century Paris, Clopin(Paul Kandel) the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo(v), the misshapen gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo(Tony Jay), the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lively gypsy girl Esmeralda(Demi Moore) and the handsome soldier Phoebus(Kevin Kline). The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame.