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"Out There"
Song by Tony Jay and Tom Hulce
from the album The Hunchback of Notre Dame: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
Released May 28, 1996
Length 4:25
Label Walt Disney
Composer(s) Alan Menken
Lyricist(s) Stephen Schwartz
Producer(s) Alan Menken
Stephen Schwartz

"Out There" is a song from the 1996 Disney animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Unofficially, it consists of the two songs "Stay In Here" and "Out There". In the stage musical version, Frollo's "Stay In Here" section was expanded into its own song entitled "Sanctuary".


Alan Menken's demo of the song put more emphasis on the "Stay In Here" theme of Quasimodo's monstrous features and Judge Claude Frollo's manipulation to keep him inside the cathedral.

In the stage musical version, the song is reprised at the very end, when he realizes that to a certain degree Frollo was right - that the world is cruel and wicked. But he also realizes that it is joyous and kind as well, and that it is the only world we've got so we must accept it, highs and lows included.


At this point in the film, Quasimodo wants to attend the Feast of Fools, but has never been allowed out of Notre Dame's bell tower before. His master Frollo tells him the outside world will treat him like a monster and says for his own sake he must stay where he is. After Frollo leaves, Quasimodo laments about what it would be like out in the real world, and pictures a romanticised version.


The song actually consists of two separate sections, centering upon the themes of entrapment and escape. Frollo's "Stay In Here" and Quasimodo's "Out There" juxtapose each other, and express the motivations behind both characters and their relationship to each other.

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