Disney The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Esmeralda the gypsy gives Quasimodo a hand in a still from the 1996 Disney film, "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame."

(Meredith) -- Disney is joining the efforts to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after it was nearly destroyed in a massive fire this week.

Disney CEO Robert Iger announced on Wednesday that the company will donate $5 million to help rebuild the church.

"[Notre Dame] is a beacon of faith, hope & beauty, inspiring awe and reverence. The Walt Disney Company stands with our friends & neighbors in Paris, with heartfelt support and a $5 million donation for the restoration of this masterpiece," Iger said in a statement on Twitter.

Disney is known for its 1996 animated film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" based on the 1831 novel by Victor Hugo of the same name.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he hopes to see the renovation of the beloved landmark completed within five years. It's unclear exactly how much it will cost to rebuild.

Several other prominent figures have pledged millions of dollars to help rebuild Notre Dame. According to the Associated Press, France's richest businessman, Bernard Arnault, and his luxury goods group LVMH pledged 200 million euros ($226 million) for the reconstruction. Billionaire Francois Pinault and his son, Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, said they were giving 100 million euros ($113 million) from their company, Artemis, the holding company owning auction house Christie's and the main shareholder of luxury fashion houses including Gucci. French companies Total and L'Oreal each also pledged 100 million euros ($113 million each).

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