Song Lyric Sunday | “Topsy Turvy (Feast of Fools)” – Disney

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Bounty/Dessert/Eat/Feast/Food/Hungry/Turkey.


I admit to being one of the millions of people worldwide who pre-registered and prepaid for Disney+, then vegged out in front of my television beginning early on the morning of November 12th.

It wasn’t a perfect roll-out. Apps and devices crashed and some customers were locked out of their accounts (and still are).

I had no problems. Not one. Unless you called binge-watching twenty-one straight hours a problem. 😀 😀

Before I physically melded with all-things Star Wars, I had to get my dose of Disney animation. Of course, The Lion King was first, but number two was The Hunchback of Notre Dame inspired by the 1831 Victor Hugo novel of the same name.

The plot centers on Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his struggle to gain acceptance into society while rebelling against his ruthless and bigoted master, Judge Claude Frollo.

Early in the 1996 movie, gypsy narrator, Clopin, leads the song, Topsy Turvy to kick off the Feast of Fools where Quasimodo is crowned King of Fools and finds himself falling instantly in love with the Gypsy dancer Esmeralda. Joy turns quickly to sorrow as the crowd cruelly mocks and rejects him for his misshapen appearance, failing to see the charm which lies below his odd looks.


    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame is Disney’s 34th animated feature film.
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the few Disney films of their Renaissance era of animation to not have a female protagonist featured in the Disney Princess franchise that was created in the early 2000s, due to its female protagonist Esmeralda not being classified as a princess.
    • A live-action remake of The Hunchback of Notre Dame was announced in January 2019. The script will be penned by David Henry Hwang with Menken and Schwartz returning to write the music. Josh Gad (The Wedding Ringer, Beauty and the Beast – Live Action) is set to produce and is possibly considered to play Quasimodo.

The song was written by Alan Menken and sang by theater actor Paul Kandel. The lyrics are included in the short video.


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