All returning characters retain their original voice actors with the exception of The Archdeacon who is voiced by Jim Cummings in place of David Ogden Stiers, Tony Jay, the voice of Frollo, who was killed off in the first film, and Laverne who is voiced by Jane Withers, replacing Mary Wickes who died during production of the first film. The movie is often criticized for its low quality of animation.
Several years after the original film, Phoebus (Kevin Kline) and Esmeralda (Demi Moore) have married and have a son named Zephyr (Haley Joel Osment). Since Claude Frollo died by falling off the Cathedral into a pool of molten lead, Quasimodo (Tom Hulce) is now free to interact with the public; however, he continues to live in the cathedral with his gargoyle friends Victor (Charles Kimbrough), Hugo (Jason Alexander), and Laverne (Jane Withers).
A circus of thieves, lead by Sarousch (Michael McKean), enters town to steal Notre Dame's most beloved bell, La Fidel. He sends Madellaine (Jennifer Love Hewitt), his beautiful assistant, to discover the whereabouts of La Fidel; however, she runs away after seeing Quasimodo. The gargoyles convince Quasimodo to go to the circus, and he dresses in something that looks like it came out of Frollo's wardrobe in an attempt to court Madellaine. Sarousch wows the audience when he makes an elephant disappear. Sarousch forces Madellaine to follow Quasimodo and obtain the information he wants. She follows Quasimodo and Zephyr, and after seeing how gentle Quasimodo is with Zephyr, his appearance no longer bothers her. Quasimodo takes her around Paris, and shows her numerous sights.
Meanwhile, Phoebus receives reports of robberies and sets out on his horse, Achilles, to investigate. The gargoyles and a group of people sing a song that tells about how Quasimodo and Madellaine are in love just as rain begins to fall and Quasimodo and Madellaine run into the cathedral. Madellaine dries off behind a curtain, and Quasimodo shows her La Fidel, the inside of which is decorated with enormous jewels of various colors. Quasimodo gives Madellaine a figurine he made of her, and he tells her that she can now see herself through his eyes. Tears well up in Madellaine's eyes, and after kissing Quasimodo on the forehead, she leaves.
The next day, Quasimodo feels odd; one minute he feels sick, the next he feels energetic. After he seeks Esmeralda's help, she realizes he is in love with Madellaine and tells him he must tell Madellaine of his feelings. Phoebus enters and declares that the circus is responsible for a string of thefts in which Madellaine might be implicated, which do not delight the other main characters(Quasimodo due to being in love with Madellaine, Esmeralda due to believing that Phoebus still holds prejudice views towards gypsies, and Zephyr due to admiring the circus).
Sarousch convinces Madellaine to distract Quasimodo while he steals La Fidel, and she reluctantly agrees. Later, while Quasimodo is out with Madellaine, Sarousch and two of his subordinates sneak into the cathedral. Zephyr and Djali the goat follow them and watch as Sarousch causes La Fidel to vanish. The gargoyles, who had tried to drop a bell on the thieves, end up trapped under it; Laverne rams one of its sides, causing the bell to clang loudly. Hearing the sound, Quasimodo and Madellaine rush back. When it is discovered that La Fidel has been stolen, Clopin says if they don't find the bell, the festival will be ruined. Phoebus guesses that Sarousch is responsible. He sends the soldiers every where in Paris to find Sarousch. Quasimodo assumes that Madellaine has used him, and tells Phoebus that he was right and he runs back into the cathedral. Pheobus apologizes to Quasimodo and has Madellaine arrested, and after realizing that he lost his true love and didn't trust her, Quasimodo starts crying on the steps of Notre Dame, feeling miserable, used, and betrayed.
Quasimodo climbs to the bell tower, hears the gargoyles calling, and pulls the bell off them. After they tell him Zephyr left to pursue Sarousch, Quasimodo and Esmeralda rush to the Palace of Justice to tell Phoebus. Madellaine, who is locked in a cell, tells them Sarousch has taken the bell underground. Although Esmeralda convinces her husband to trust Madellaine's word, he nevertheless binds Madellaine's hands and forces her to accompany him.
Quasimodo and the others venture into the dank catacombs. They encounter Djali, who takes them to Sarousch and Zephyr. Once Sarousch tricks Phoebus into opening the gate to allow his raft through, he takes Zephyr along as a prisoner. Madellaine convinces Quasimodo to trust her, and the pair run up a stairwell. Quasimodo lassoes a rock to create a tightrope, and Madellaine walks across it. When the raft passes beneath her, Madellaine seizes Zephyr from Sarousch's grasp. Sarousch is arrested (instead of ending up like Frollo), and the film ends with Quasimodo and Madellaine proclaiming their love for each other (the gargoyles are so shocked when Madelliane acknowledges their existence that their mouths fall off their faces!) while Zephyr rings La Fidel.
"Le Festival D'Amour"
"An Ordinary Miracle" (Imagine)
"I'd Stick With You"
"Fa la la la Fallen In Love"
|Kevin Kline||Captain Phoebus|
|Jim Cummings||The Archdeacon|
|Jennifer Love Hewitt||Madellaine|
|Haley Joel Osment||Zephyr|
|April Winchell||Lady DeBurne|