Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Tarzan Review (Updated)


Release Date: 9th September 1999 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 88 minutes

Budget: $130,000,000

Box Office Gross: $448,191,819

Plot Summary
Deep within the African
jungle, a mother gorilla
names an orphaned baby
boy "Tarzan" and adopts
him as her own, even
though the silver-back
leader Kerchak shuns
the "hairless wonder,"
Growing up alongside
his wisecracking ape
buddy Terk and
neurotic elephant pal
Tantor, Tarzan develops
all the instincts and
prowess of a jungle
animal, "surfing" and
swinging through the
trees at lighting speed.

But with the sudden
appearance of Tarzan's
own kind - humans -
including the beautiful
Jane, the only world
Tarzan has ever known
and the one in which he
belongs collide with
extraordinary force!

Voice Cast
Tony Goldwyn - Tarzan
Alex D. Linz - Young Tarzan
Minnie Driver - Jane Porter
Glenn Close - Kala
Lance Henriksen - Kerchak
Brian Blessed - Clayton
Nigel Hawthorne - Professor
Archimedes Q. Porter
Rosie O'Donnell - Terk
Wayne Knight - Tantor

Directors - Kevin Lima &
Chris Buck
Based on Novel "Tarzan of
the Apes" - Edgar Rice
Story - Stephen J. Anderson, Mark Kennedy, Carole Holliday, Gaetan & Paul Brizzi,  Don Dougherty, Ed Gombert, Don Hall, Kevin Harkey, Burny Mattinson, Frank Nissen,
John Norton, Jeff Snow,
Chris Ure, Mark Walton, Stevie Wemers,
Kelly Wightman & John Ramirez
Story/Supervising Animator: "Adult Tarzan" - Glen Keane
Story/Superivsing Animator: "Terk" - Michael Surrey
Story/Additional Storyboards/Supervising Animator:
"Clayton" - Randy Haycock
Screenplay - Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker &
Noni White
Producer - Bonnie Arnold
Art Director - Daniel St. Pierre
Film Editor - Gregory Perler
Songs - Phil Collins
Music - Mark Mancina


2000 Academy Awards
Best Original Song "You'll Be in My Heart" -
Phil Collins (Won)

To coincide with the Blu-ray and DVD release of JOHN CARTER (click here), here's a review that I had done for Disney's TARZAN. Quite exotic this movie is, TARZAN was possibly a magnificent animated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel that Disney has made. I liked the part where Tarzan slides down the logs to be pretty amazing and I find the scene where the main villain dies near the end of the movie is very disturbing. The film boasts up with impressive 2D and computer animation, humour, voice cast of Tony Goldwyn, Rosie O'Donnell, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close and Lance Henriksen, the terrific score by Mark Mancina and songs by pop-star Phil Collins such as "Two Worlds" and the heartwarming "You'll Be in My Heart".

While TARZAN was nearly an animated musical but shouldn't have been, in fact, it was the first of the two Disney movies to based on Burroughs creations with the latest being JOHN CARTER. It also lives up to the book series of Tarzan and it was a great 2D movie.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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