'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' Almost Featured Michael Jackson, But Disney Balked

Hollywood “almosts” are some of the most popular stories to circulate the internet. Did you know Eric Stoltz almost played Marty McFly? Etcetera, etcetera. At this point, these pieces of trivia are so readily available on the web that they’re no longer a surprise. But every now and then, a new one gets unearthed.

In /Film writer Josh Spiegel’s new oral history of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, composer Alan Menken revealed that one famous pop star almost featured in a few songs from the soundtrack for the 1996 Disney film. You heard it here first, folks: we almost got a Michael Jackson version of “God Help the Outcasts.”

Michael Jackson, one of the most famous pop stars of all time, nearly made his mark on Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and even went so far as to meet with Menken at the recording studio to talk about recording three songs for the soundtrack. Those songs were “God Help the Outcasts,” “Out There,” and “Someday.” But Disney put their foot down, and with good reason. The composer said:

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