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Overall Rating
3.92

Awesome: 24.72%
Worth A Look44.94%
Average: 28.09%
Pretty Bad: 2.25%
Total Crap: 0%

7 reviews, 47 user ratings


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Tarzan
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by Ryan Arthur

"Lose Rosie O'Donnell, and this is a five-star flick."
4 stars

If not for an ape with a Bronx accent, this would probbably be the best movie I'd seen all year. As it is, it's a good, quality flick, but Rosie O's got to go.

Ah, Disney. You may have almost (but not quite) gotten it right. Mulan was close last summer, a big jump from Hercules and Pocahontas. Tarzan is another step in the right direction, a fine time for kids and adults.

It's the story of Tarzan, the ape man, one of the most-told tales in cinematic history. Disney gives it the usual Disney spin, but it's still enjoyable. An ape named Kala (Glenn Close) loses a baby to a leopard attack. She finds the baby human not long after. The boy's family has been savaged by the same leopard. She keeps him, much to the dismay of her mate, Kerchak (Lance Henriksen). The boy is named Tarzan, and while something of an outcast, he's still loved by his surrogate mother. He has friends in Terk (Rosie O'Donnell), a loudmouth ape with a bad haircut and a Bronx accent, and Tantor (Wayne Knight), a somewhat clumsy elephant. Tarzan (Tony Goldwyn) grows up to be a muscular hairless ape, but he earns his place among the family of apes.

Enter Jane (Minnie Driver). She's on safari (educational - she wants to draw her subjects, not hunt them) with her father (Nigel Hawthorne) and their guide Clayton (Brian Blessed, now redeemed from the role of Boss Nass). Clayton is an ape hunter, Jane and dad are ape studiers. Jane meets Tarzan, Tarzan falls for Jane, Jane has to leave and wants to take Tarzan with her. Cultures, naturally, clash.

There are standard Disney elements here, standard Disney "formula," as it were. Jane's father is the typical Disney patriarch: white hair, bushy mustache, not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and so on. The main character is an orphan and something of an outcast. There's a redemption element for said character.

That's not to say this film is bad. Far from it.

This is probably one of the best looking animated films to come down the pipe in a long time, and the reason is this: deep canvas.

Disney has created a background that is almost entirely three-dimensional. It's still animated, but it's as crisp and clear as any naturally shot footage. They've placed their two-dimensional characters in the 3-D environment, and the results are astounding. Tarzan surfs and slides and sails through the trees throughout the film, and it's a spectacular effect, almost dizzying at times.

The casting is fine. Tony Goldwyn does an adequate job as the title character, and Minnie Driver pulls off Jane quite nicely. As for Rosie? The character (and the musical number she inspires) is horribly out of place. Maybe young ones will dig on her, but I found her grating. On the upside, the "Trashin' the Camp" musical number is the only one in the film. The rest of the songs (from Phil Collins) serve more as atmosphere and move the story along a bit. They're not very intrusive at all. Disney is learning. Everyone benefits.

Kids will like the adventure of Tarzan. It reminds me a lot of the Lion King, though slightly less epic. It clips along fairly quickly, too. Parents will enjoy it as well.

A strong effort from the House Of Mouse. A Bug's Life, now this. Let's hope Thanksgiving's Toy Story 2 can keep things moving forward.

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originally posted: 07/01/99 16:04:40
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User Comments

10/20/11 Magic A touching story about what constitutes family. Deep Canvas gets a work out here. 4 stars
4/03/09 Dominic CLAYTON reminds me of MERLOCK from DUCKTALES THE MOVIE and GASTON from BEAUTY & THE BEAST. 5 stars
11/17/08 Little Buddy This is Disney's best animated feature film since 1940's FANTASIA. 5 stars
10/31/08 Shaun Wallner Well made. 4 stars
10/01/08 PAUL SHORTT A BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED, WELL-PACED AND WELL VOICED FEATURE 4 stars
9/11/08 Little Buddy Released after Mulan and Anastasia. 5 stars
7/04/08 Quigley Great Disney film with awesome action and rousing music. Not to be missed. 5 stars
2/04/08 johnnyfog Better than Pocahontas 3 stars
6/20/06 Herculade Superb animation, fast action, great character design. Weak ending though. 4 stars
7/13/05 Manasa Kanthi Nice movie for kids to enjoy, only the kids know than elders however fast action it has. 4 stars
5/13/04 Sean Scanlan Okay 3 stars
3/28/04 john another confused modern Disney film cashing in on the Disney brand name 2 stars
3/01/03 ME A GOOD FILM 5 stars
1/27/02 Andrew Carden Would Have Been Better As A Live-Action Movie...Too Confusing For Kids. 3 stars
4/09/01 Gary Good movie, but not top Disney material. 3 stars
11/29/00 Cristopher Revilla it would've been better if wasn't for those damn FAST action scenes that I didn't get. 4 stars
10/27/00 viking Better than some live action versions I've seen 4 stars
6/22/00 Michael Grimm awesome movie, my favorite disney flick since Aladdin 5 stars
6/06/00 MATTHEW MYLAN LOVED IT, SEEN IT ABOUT 5 TIMES. 5 stars
3/27/00 Richard Wright Superb animation and good humour can't quite redeem a by-the-numbers plot and dire music. 3 stars
3/19/00 Jed Good disney fare although villian is underdeveloped. 4 stars
11/29/99 Crystal Fleming Loved it 5 stars
11/07/99 Faith Andrew I loved this movie. I laughed and cried and had my breath taken away on many occasions 5 stars
10/03/99 Britney Awesome movie! Great soundtrack! 5 stars
9/20/99 Weird Andy Disney continues to mind-rape America's kinder. 2 stars
9/15/99 RICHARD E. SHEFFIELD BEST ANIMATED SINCE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 5 stars
9/06/99 Kenya Another classic story with same old Disney sap. Nice animation, though. 3 stars
8/20/99 Noreen Totally absorbing and beautiful. Though more of a 4 1/2 than a 5. 5 stars
8/19/99 Geoff Finally! Disney's back on track. 5 stars
8/03/99 dbx When the silverback got shot i had to stop myself from shouting all too easy. 4 stars
7/29/99 PhilmPhreak Good Disney fare 4 stars
7/26/99 claire disney did it again. a must-see. 5 stars
7/17/99 buddy Beautiful!! Best film of the year so far. 5 stars
7/14/99 bridgette decent. tarzan was rather repulsive looking though 4 stars
7/11/99 Freyja Beautiful to look at and a great story. Right up there with The Lion King. 5 stars
7/07/99 iyu An Incredible, beautiful achievement. 5 stars
7/06/99 jlgallardo Great animation,except for the faces of Tarzan & Jane. 4 stars
7/03/99 ADAM (OREOADAM@AOL.COM) TARZAN WAS GREAT IT KICKED BIG ASS TARZAN WAS COOL I MEAN AT LEAST HE COULD PICK HIS NOSE 5 stars
7/01/99 Elizaveta I was actually...touched. ugh, get rid of O'Donnell 4 stars
6/28/99 The Graduate Surprisingly moving, with very dimensional characters. 5 stars
6/22/99 Negative Creep 6 ONSCREEN DEATHS! A DISNEY RECORD. Too bad the death toll didnt include Rosie O'Donnell! 4 stars
6/21/99 Ah Dooey not too bad 5 stars
6/20/99 Melissa Simply breathtaking. Disney has done it again. 5 stars
6/20/99 j.b. This movie looks great. It's a typical disney movie. 4 stars
6/18/99 Mr Showbiz The script is a rote rehash of all the standard Disney elements. 3 stars
6/17/99 Christina Disney's best animated feature since the lion king. 5 stars
6/14/99 Mr Variety Disney’s Tarzan swings, even if it doesn't always soar. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  18-Jun-1999 (G)
  DVD: 18-Oct-2005

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Australia
  09-Sep-1999 (PG)




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