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Sex & Nudity

  • Tarzan and Jane kiss for a few long seconds.
  • In the ending of the play, Professor Porter then wears lioncloth when wanting to stay with Tarzan, whereas Jane then wears only pants and a bikini. For such people from Edwardian era Britain with its sensibilities, that is practically going naked for them.
  • In the scene when Tarzan and Jane meet, Jane tries to clean and organise herself in which her actions for example, cleaning her hair attracts Tarzan to fall in love with her. Tarzan also looks into her dress and hears her heartbeat between her breasts.
  • Tarzan as a baby is only wearing a nappy.
  • The film's protagonist is, at all times, one camera tilt away from full-on flashing his dong
  • Young Tarzan rubs his bare body in mud to look like a gorilla. This is only played for despair.
  • Tarzan goes commando (no underwear) under his loincloth
  • Tarzan wears a lioncloth.
  • There is a reference to Tarzan only being a "girlhood fantasy" of Jane's.
  • After Jane finishes her chalk sketch Professor Porter asks her if she and the blackboard need a moment, to which she laughs and tells her father to knock it off. Children won't understand this joke, but adults will get it.
  • When Tarzan first meets Jane, he puts the side of his head in between her breasts to listen to her heartbeat, in an innocent way. However, Jane acts uncomfortable during this moment and breathes heavily. Her breasts are defined under the dress. Very short scene.

Violence & Gore

  • A leopard kills a baby gorilla. The effect is lessened by the action occurring offscreen and being rapidly cut from as it occurs in the middle of the opening montage.
  • Once onboard a ship, Tarzan falls from a great height and is injured. He is then punched in the stomach and beaten.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Clayton smokes a pipe in one scene where Tarzan learns what the human world is like.
  • Clayton drinks a glass of wine and offers some to Tarzan. It is made very clear that Tarzan does not drink any.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a suspenseful action sequence involving the persistent endangerment of an infant in which a gorilla tries to save it repeatedly from a leopard. The opening sequence with the leopard killing the baby gorilla and Tarzan's parents could be frightening and saddening to children.
  • A fast-paced action sequence features Jane being chased by vicious sharp-teethed baboons.
  • Two characters are almost crushed by a detached tree.
  • Tarzan's gorilla family is hunted by poachers and the scene in which a few of them are caught while Tarzan is racing there to save them could be intense.
  • A jump scene where a leopard attacks very suddenly out of no where, is a bit intense.
  • Tarzan fights the leopard that killed his parents (although he does not know it is the same leopard) and kills it
  • Several times Kerchak roars ferociously at Jane and the other humans. His immense size and anger might frighten small children.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • Jane is briefly shown wearing a bikini-like lioncloth and top, similar to Tarzan's, in the ending scene.

Violence & Gore

  • The leopard kills Tarzan's human parents offscreen and we only see the aftermath when a gorilla views their dead bodies (only their legs are shown, and their torsos are covered). In this same scene, we also see bloody human handprints on the floor of the cabin indicating a struggle. Also, as the mother of the deceased baby gorilla wanders around the treehouse where Tarzan and his deceased parents lived, she walks over a empty loaded shotgun with bullets on the floor, indicating that the father was attempting to kill the leopard.
  • Tarzan fights the leopard that killed his human parents. He is slashed across the chest and manages to kick the leopard into a pit. Tarzan then kills the leopard offscreen with a spear and we see the leopard's dead body (although the leopard appears to have experienced a peaceful death).
  • A silverback gorilla is shot at and killed (bloodlessly).
  • Clayton dies towards the end of the film by falling from a great height while a vine is coiled around his neck. After cutting the vine holding him, his rage instantly turns to fear as he falls, and we see him panicking and screaming in absolute terror while tries to unsuccessfully save his life, his eyes bulging out madly before the vine stretches taut with a loud sickening crunch. We then see the gruesome shadow of Clayton's dangling corpse after lightning strikes nearby.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Towards the end of the movie Clayton gets trapped in some vines, and as he is cutting them down, one of them gets wrapped around his neck. Clayton falls, and there is a silhouette shadow showing that he has been hanged. This is extremely intense and disturbing.
  • The violent death of Mr. Clayton is of particular note. While we don't actually see his body, his shadow clearly shows that he has been hanged after his neck is wrapped around a vine while falling from a great height. It is also important to note that Tarzan notices the danger for Clayton and tries to save him unsuccessfully.
  • Clayton and Tarzan engage in a fight which ends with Clayton's death by hanging, though only the shadow is seen.
  • The death of Kerchak towards the end of the film as a result of his injury at the hands of Clayton can be very saddening.

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