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Tarzan (1999)

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

Directors:

Chris Buck, Kevin Lima

Writers:

Tab Murphy (screenplay), Bob Tzudiker (screenplay) | 23 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Blessed ... Clayton (voice)
Glenn Close ... Kala (voice)
Minnie Driver ... Jane (voice)
Tony Goldwyn ... Tarzan (voice)
Nigel Hawthorne ... Professor Porter (voice)
Lance Henriksen ... Kerchak (voice)
Wayne Knight ... Tantor (voice)
Alex D. Linz ... Young Tarzan (voice)
Rosie O'Donnell ... Terk (voice)
Beth Anderson Beth Anderson ... (voice)
Jack Angel Jack Angel ... Monkey / Sylvester (voice)
Joseph Ashton ... (voice)
Bob Bergen ... Baby Tarzan / Snipes (voice) (as Robert Bergen)
Billy Bodine Billy Bodine ... (voice) (as Billy Warden Bodine)
Hillary Brooks Hillary Brooks ... Female Gorilla (voice)
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Storyline

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 Extron

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Two Worlds. One Family. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,221,968, 20 June 1999

Gross USA:

$171,091,819

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$448,191,819
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Sound Mix:

DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

One of the main reasons why animation was chosen as the perfect way to execute a Tarzan story was because the character is so lithe and animal-like, it would have been nearly impossible to achieve those effects with live-action. See more »

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During the fight scene in which Tarzan kills Sabor, Sabor scratches Tarzan's chest. The scars are there momentarily and in the next camera shot are gone, then reappear, then disappear. The directors realized the scars would become cumbersome and therefore decided that Tarzan would heal miraculously fast. Humorously, Disney was later contacted regarding the production of a "fast-healing Tarzan action figure" due to this scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Terk: Mama, look! Look over there !
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Crazy Credits

During the Walt Disney Pictures opening logo, the background turns into that of a jungle. See more »

Alternate Versions

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
  • the fight between Kala and Sabor was shortened
  • the fight between Tarzan and Sabor was shortened
  • Clayton's death is shortened
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Soundtracks

Strangers Like Me
(1999)
Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins
Produced by Phil Collins
Arranged by Phil Collins and Mark Mancina
Performed by Phil Collins
Orchestra Conducted by Mark Mancina
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User Reviews

 
Moves like liquid.
18 June 1999 | by soanim8edSee all my reviews

Well, being the big animation fan that I am, I went to see Tarzan this afternoon. Wow.

When I first heard that Disney was doing a version of the Tarzan story, I was hesitant. I mean who wants to hear an ape man spouting out show tunes? Hakuna Matata! The only songs are some of the best work Phil Collins has done in many years. He ventures into the Peter Gabriel territory, but does a great job especially with the rhythms since he IS a drummer. The open number (and sequence) is best albeit Lion King-esque. It seems he was very inspired by the material and has rediscovered his love of music. It's very uplifting. Don't misunderstand me, the characters do sing, but it's more Rosie O'Donnell doing scat with the other apes as they destroy a camp and a very welcome singing cameo by Glenn Close doing the beginning of a lullaby that Phil takes over.

As for the picture itself: wow! This is the most beautiful Disney animation ever: lush, detailed, quick and smooth. Tarzan moves like liquid, filling the screen with gymnastic ease especially the scene where he fights a leopard to save his ape family.

And family is what this film is all about. Disney's Tarzan makes a different decision that Edgar Rice Burroughs' and I think it works better, but it's the decision I would make in the same situation. Some of the situations are a little contrived, but it is mostly Disney sticking with a winning formula. (Tarzan does have nipples unlike Aladdin). :-) What surprised me was the dramatic tilt of the film. Rosie O'Donnell's ape and the elephant are the only comic relief and don't have much of it. The film is very skewed towards adults; HOWEVER, as I was surrounded by a mob of kids there was dead silence right after the main gorillas lose their baby and Tarzan loses his parents to the leopard at the beginning. All the questioning ceased and I got to enjoy the film in complete "adult-like" silence. The kids were just as wrapped up in the movie as the adults.

The voice talent was well cast, too. Minnie Driver is great as the strong, yet proper British lady of the time. Her father is a stereotypical egghead professor who is as clumsy as he is smart. And then there is Brian Blessed as the villain, Clayton. Man, do I love his voice! It's the Voice of God! The deep, rich tones always give me a chill. I wish he worked in more films other then Kenneth Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare films, but alas.... (well, I guess he WAS in The Phantom Menace)

This truly is one of Disney's classics. I felt the same way walking out of this one as I did from Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

Oh, look for a cameo from Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast! I thought it was funny, but I don't think anyone else in the theater got it since I seemed to be the only one laughing. I always embarrass myself at the movies it seems.


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