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
Dustin Hoffman was considered for the role of Kerchak. See more »
Tarzan takes place in Africa, but Sabor is clearly a jaguar, a big cat found only in South and Central America. Most likely the makers of the movie intended to portray a leopard. Jaguars, however, have larger rosettes which contain smaller black spots whereas leopards are marked by smaller, empty rosettes. The two animals can also be distinguished by the way they are built, with the jaguar being a heavier built cat with a broader head and shorter tail than the leopard. See more »
[after telling Jane to stay with Tarzan]
What am I doing? Captain! Tell them you never found us! After all, people get lost in the jungle all the time!
[jumps out of the boat]
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During the Walt Disney Pictures opening logo, the background turns into that of a jungle. See more »
To secure a rating "ohne Altersbeschraenkung" (without age restriction) in Germany a couple of scenes were altered:
A scene where Sabor was off killing Kala's offspring was shortened
Okay. They rewrote the whole legend. But Disney has an unerring way of doing that. Anyone remember Pocahontas? They even changed Cinderella, Snow White, and every other Disney Masterpiece sitting on your shelves, so why does it matter that this, too, was changed?
It matters on several different levels, but the most important reason it matters is because Disney, in their positioning among the children's entertainment market, is in the unique position to actually teach these legends, these snippets of history, these morals and ethics, to the children of their audiences, rather than proffering sugar-coated, merchandized over-glorifications in exchange for the great American dollar.
That having been said, this is still an entertaining introduction to the legend, but I highly suggest "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," (1984), directed by Hugh Hudson. It is the most faithful adaptation I've ever seen, and a highly enjoyable adventure, which carries a PG rating and is safe for most ages to view.
A lot has been said about the deep canvas effect used throughout the jungle scenes, and I must admit that I found the technique highly effective and extremely well done. I do computer graphics myself, and I was very impressed with the 3D effects throughout, including the water variants and textures used in the ship scenes, the fire effects used in the jungle, and the smoke effects from the guns used by the poachers. The textures and backgrounds were absolutely stunning, and for me, as a graphics artist, that's what I look for when I view a quality animation.
Very good endeavor.
It rates an 8/10 from...
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