Prologue: The Beginning of the Past
The setting takes place in Paris, France, where the bells of the Notre Dame cathedral are ringing. Clopin is singing to a group of children and their Pokémon watching his puppet show. Clopin's Mime Jr. was mimicking his act.
Clopin (singing): Morning in Paris, the city awakes,
To the bells of Notre Dame,
The fisherman fishes, the bakerman bakes,
To the bells of Notre Dame.
To the big bells as loud as the thunder,
To the little bells soft as a psalm,
And some say the soul of the city's the toll of the bells,
The bells of Notre Dame.
Clopin: Listen, they're beautiful, no?
Clopin's Mime Jr.: Mime, mime, mime, mime!
Clopin: So many colours of sounds, so many changing moods. Because you know, they don't ring all by themselves?
All the children gasped.
Puppet: They don't?!?
Clopin's Mime Jr.: Mime, mime?!
Clopin: No, silly boy. Up there, high, high in the dark bell tower, lives the mysterious