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"The Court of Miracles" is a song featured in Disney's 1996 film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It is the seventh one in the film and the third song sung by Clopin. Like "Topsy Turvy" and "A Guy Like You," it is more of comedy-oriented than the other songs from the film, unlike the former, however, it is based on black humor.

Plot

Clopin and the gypsies have captured Quasimodo and Phoebus, assumed spies, and sing about how it is a miracle if they get out alive. Taking delight in tormenting his victims, Clopin stages a mock trial, making rapid transformations into various figures, such as the judge, the lawyer and the executioner. However, Esmeralda arrives before any harm can come to her friends.

Lyrics

Clopin and Gypsy chorus: Maybe you've heard of a terrible place
Where the scoundrels of Paris collect in a lair
Maybe you've heard of that mythical place
Called the Court of Miracles
Clopin: Hello, you're there!
Gypsy chorus (variously): Where the lame can walk
And the blind can see
Clopin: But the dead don't talk
So you won't be around
To reveal what you've found
Clopin and Gypsy chorus: We have a method for spies and intruders
Rather like hornets protecting their hive
Clopin: Here in the Court of Miracles
Clopin and Gypsy chorus: Where it's a miracle if you get out alive!
 
(Instrumental interlude)

(singing resumes)
Clopin: Justice is swift in the Court of Miracles
I am the lawyers and judge all in one
We like to get the trial over with quickly
Because it's the sentence that's really the fun!
(speaking) Any last words?
Quasimodo and Phoebus: (muffled speech)
Clopin: That's what they all say.
(singing) Now that we've seen all the evidence
Clopin puppet: Wait! I object!
Clopin: Overruled!
Clopin puppet: I object!
Clopin: Quiet!
Clopin puppet: Dang!
Clopin: We find you totally innocent
Which is the worst crime of all
Clopin and Gypsy chorus: So you're going to hang!

Trivia

  • Michael Surrey, the supervising animator for Clopin, noticed that the tune to this song bared some resemblance to The Sorcerer's Apprentice from Fantasia. After noticing this, he decided to base some of Clopin's movements, mainly as he skips while dressed like Frollo, after Sorcerer Mickey.
  • During Clopin and his puppets's argument, Clopin doesn't move his mouth, although he had done during the song "The Bells of Notre Dame". It is possible that another Gypsy provides the puppet's voice for him, making the illusion more realistic.
  • Clopin's line "We find you totally innocent… Here it's the worst crime of all!" is a throwback to the Court of Miracles' nature in the books. In the novel, it is not a hideout for the hunted Gypsies but a general haunt for all the criminals, beggars and lowlifes in Paris, and the protagonist is to be hanged not because he is thought of as a "spy" but because he, a completely honest and moderately wealthy man, dared wander in the lair of crime.
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Media
Films: The Hunchback of Notre DameThe Hunchback of Notre Dame IIVideo

Television: House of MouseEsmeralda
Video games: The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy TurvyKingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Music: SoundtrackStudio Cast Recording
Books: Big Golden BookClassic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of Reading

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingStitch and Friends Summer Surprise

Entertainment: Animazment - The MusicalDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!Mickey's Gift of DreamsThe Golden MickeysThe Hunchback of Notre Dame: A Musical AdventureThe Hunchback of Notre Dame: Festival of Fools
Restaurants: Clopin's Festival of Foods
Parade: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Topsy Turvy Cavalcade
Firework: Disney Dreams!Happily Ever AfterWorld of Color
Halloween: Happy HallowishesIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out! Chapter 2

Characters
Original: QuasimodoEsmereldaClaude FrolloPhoebusVictor, Hugo, and LaverneClopinArchdeaconAchillesDjaliQuasimodo's motherQuasimodo's fatherOld PrisonerSnowballBrutish and Oafish GuardFrollo's soldiers

Sequel: MadellaineZephyrSarousch

Songs
Original: The Bells of Notre DameOut ThereTopsy TurvyHumiliationGod Help the OutcastsThe Bell TowerHeaven's LightHellfireParis BurningA Guy Like YouThe Court of MiraclesSanctuaryAnd He Shall Smite the WickedInto the SunlightSomeday

Sequel: Le Jour D'AmourAn Ordinary MiracleI'd Stick With YouFa la la la Fallen In LoveI'm Gonna Love You
Musical: Balancing ActRest and RecreationRhythm of the TambourineInto Notre DameTop of the WorldThai Mol PiyasEsmeraldaCity Under SiegeFlight Into EgyptOut of Love (Reprise) • Dance of the GypsiesMade of StoneGrand Finale
Deleted Songs: In a Place of MiraclesAs Long As There's a MoonSomeday

Locations
ParisNotre Dame de ParisPalace of JusticeCourt of Miracles
Miscellaneous
MusicalDisney Sing Along Songs: Topsy TurvyThe Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame