The Court of Miracles is a song featured in Disney's 1996 film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This is the seventh song in the movie and the third song sung by Clopin. Unlike "Topsy Turvy" and "A Guy Like You," however, this song is based on black humor.
Clopin and the gypsies have captured Quasimodo and Phoebus, assumed spies, and sing about how "it's a miracle if you get out alive!" Taking delight in tormenting his victims, Clopin stages a mock trial, making rapid transformations into various figures, even pulling out a jury consisting of one puppet in his likeness. However, Esmeralda arrives before any harm can come to her friends.
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!
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) Esmeralda!
Clopin: That's what they all say.
(singing) Now that we've seen all the evidence
Clopin puppet: Wait! I object!
Clopin puppet: I object!
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!
- 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 the ones when he was dressed like Frollo, after Sorcerer Mickey Mouse.