The movie is about the life of Tarzan. Tarzan was a small orphan who was raised by an ape named Kala since he was a child. He believed that this was his family, but on an expedition Jane Porter is rescued by Tarzan. He then finds out that he's human. Now Tarzan must make the decision as to which family he should belong to... Written by
Tarzan (1999) became the last film (short-length or feature-length) made by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win an Academy Award until Paperman (2012) won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film of the Year, 13 years later, though other films made by Disney Animation have been nominated. See more »
Clayton speaks of having been in Zambia. Zambia at the time of this movie was divided into two regions called North Western Rhodesia and North Eastern Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia being what is today Zimbabwe. See more »
Close your eyes. Now forget what you see.
[puts Tarzan's hand to his chest]
What do you feel?
[puts Tarzan's head by her chest]
See? We're exactly the same.
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During the Walt Disney Pictures opening logo, the background turns into that of a jungle. See more »
This movie draws a sense of awe throughout the entire story. Though its plot may be formulaic, it executes better than any other formulaic movie this year. This is the best animated film I have seen in the last 5 years since "The Lion King". The images are absolutely wonderful to look at. The music by Phil Collins is so powerful that it energizes the whole movie making you feel emotionally charged all throughout. I feel this film could have never been made in live action, since it gives a totally new perspective on what Tarzan may actually have been like, his movement, his upbringing, and most of all, his interaction with jungle family. The musical sequences by the gorillas were silly, but entertaining (it is a Disney film isn't it?). And Tarzan's movement through the jungle is so spectacular that it makes Aladdin's flying carpet escape from the lamp's abyss seem pale in comparison.
Though most of Tarzan's leaping, swinging, and tree surfing seem unrealistic, we have to keep in mind that this is an animated film, and since it is Disney's, thrills will be expected. Tarzan delivers exciting thrills, fills you with awe through the entire film, without sacrificing the story and the underlying theme. This is a WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL FILM. Go see it.
If you have to decide between Star Wars I and Tarzan, it's no contest... Tarzan is the film Star Wars I should have been.
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