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
In the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, Tarzan was adopted by apes (chimps as seen in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)), and the only gorilla mentioned was Bolgani the Great, who was an enemy of Tarzan and the troop. This is the first Tarzan movie in which the apes that adopt him are gorillas instead of chimpanzees. Tantor was an old bull elephant disliked by the denizens of the jungle, Sabor was a lioness, and Terkoz (presumably "Terkina" known as "Terk") was a male ape and Tarzan's archnemesis within the troop. Also, Kerchak murdered Tarzan's family. The producers changed it not only to make him more sympathetic, but also to make it less gruesome for families. Even though Clayton (first name William in the book) is a villain in this movie, he and Tarzan are actually cousins according to the original story from Burroughs, William being after Tarzan in line of succession and therefore not wanting him to be alive. In this movie, Jane Porter and her father are from London. In the novel, they are U.S. citizens. See more »
When Tarzan first meets Jane, after saving her, he tries to communicate with her. Living all his life in the jungle he could not be familiar with any human language, though he pronounces his name in English. See more »
Mama, look! Look over there !
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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
From its dramatic opening sequence, to its jubilant, high-five finale, Disney's "Tarzan" is, without question, a very entertaining re-telling of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic tale of a helpless, human baby reared to adulthood, in the jungle, by a band of gorillas.
Featuring some excellent action sequences (mixed generously with moments of slapstick comedy and the excitement of adventure), 1999's "Tarzan" certainly turned out to be a mighty fine example of first-rate story-telling that actually tugged on this viewer's heartstrings, occasionally.
In this animated feature film, the lean and athletic Tarzan (as the story's hero) comes across as being a truly likable and endearing character.
Punctuated by songs (which seemed a bit out of place) from pop star, Phil Collins, "Tarzan" is still a delightful movie-experience that can definitely be enjoyed by all ages, young and old.
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