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
The movie is set in eastern Africa. This can be seen on a drawing of Tarzan that Jane is working on during the "Strangers Like Me" sequence. It can be seen labeled in the corner. Earlier in the movie, Professor Porter mentions moving westward, deeper into the jungle, which would make the ocean on the eastern coast. It is possible that the movie might be set in Kenya, which was at the time as a protectorate of Britain located on the eastern coast of Africa. Kenya also has thick jungles on it's coasts - much like the ones seen in the film. See more »
Jane has the picture of the small baboon tucked into her skirt at the start of the big chase scene where she is rescued by Tarzan. All through the sequence the picture is missing and then at the end when the baboon is descending on the parasol the picture re-appears tucked into her skirt again. See more »
The true measure of a family film is to watch a child's reaction. My (normally jumpy) three-year-old sat with enraptured glee through this movie and was able to articulate the plot back to me with amazing detail. That's not a parent's rambling, its a credit to a brilliant movie. Tarzan ranks just below Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid in the list of the best of Disney's new films.
Disney formula (rogue orphan, evil villain pretending to be a friend, whacky sidekick, neurotic friend and lots a snappy tunes) has never been more apparent, but it works perfectly. But the real joy of this movie is its breathtaking beauty and the message of living without prejudice.
Don't expect anything new from Disney, and do not expect a detailed retelling of the original novel. But do expect to see their product refined even further and at its best since Beauty and the Beast. This is a kid's movie, but any grown-up can like it. Minnie Driver and Wayne Knight provide the best voice overs.
As my six-year-old daughter told me once, "I like movies with scary beginnings, silly middles and happy endings." Needless to say, she loved Tarzan. **** out of ****.
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