Tarzan 1999

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Disney Studios turn their attention to Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic tale with this lively animated adaptation. Tarzan (voiced by Tony Goldwyn) is a human who was taken in and raised by gorilla Kala (Glenn Close) when his parents were killed by Sabor the leopard. Now a grown male, Tarzan has never been fully accepted by Kala's husband Kerchak (Lance Henriksen), the head of the tribe, but has female gorilla Terk and elephant Trantor for friends. When explorer Professor Porter (Nigel Hawthorne) arrives in the jungle with his daughter Jane (Minnie Driver) and adventurer Clayton (Brian Blessed), Tarzan discovers his human heritage for the first time, gradually learning how to speak and spending time at the visitors' encampment. However, although Porter merely wishes to study the gorillas, Clayton secretly plans to capture them and take them back to England, and tries to trick Tarzan into leading him to the tribe.

Starring:
Wayne Knight, Nigel Hawthorne
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Tony Goldwyn, Rosie O'Donnel, Alex D. Linz, Rosie O'Donnell, Minnie Driver, Nigel Hawthorne, Wayne Knight, Brian Blessed, Lance Henriksen, Glenn Close
Director Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
Studio WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO
Rental release 4 September 2000
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Wayne Knight, Nigel Hawthorne, Glenn Close, Rosie O'Donnell, Lance Henriksen, Tony Goldwyn, Alex D. Linz, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Rosie O'Donnel
Director Kevin Lima, Chris Buck
Studio WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO
Rental release 21 May 2012
Main languages English

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 29 July 2008
Format: DVD
A man, who has spent his whole life being raised by gorillas, must discover who he is and where he belongs when humans visit the jungle where he lives.

In perhaps one of the most underappreciated Disney films of the 90's, viewers are given an insight into the life of a man who must question who and what he is in the face of danger and humanity. The plot is a very romantic tale about the human spirit and has a very intriguing point of view upon humans, who are again in the darkness as villains in this Disney picture.

Tarzan embodies the good nature about the human spirit with a heroic and loyal ideology towards the lives of others, but the humans who come to investigate the gorillas such as Clayton are the epitome of evil, and through the use of good vs evil and loyalty does the plot excel as a sharp and sentimental story about finding who you truly are.

Humour is thrown in as good measure with the very enjoyable Jane, Terk and Tantor who all have their moments in this lovable tale.

Though the humour is frequently used throughout, this is one of the most serious Disney films of recent years, and that is shown through the use of man against animal, and the inhuman nature of the humans, a very serious issue and one particular shot towards the end when the gorillas are all looking down, all sitting peacefully in their trees, all quiet and minding their own business, shows them as they are, extremely beautiful animals who are being disturbed by a group of violent money thirsty selfish humans.

Its sad that there aren't many 2D animations being made now, as classics such as these look so brilliant and are basic, but with technology being so advanced, it is hard to see a way back into this brilliant format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AndyPandy007 on 3 Oct 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a first review for me, and was prompted to do so for two reasons. 1 Most of the reviews attached to this product listing are for the DVD set and NOT the blu ray! (Why do amazon do that??)and 2, the negative reviews of the transfer for those blu ray reviews that are out there.

So as someone who is an animation fan I thought I'd collect the "Disney Animation Canon" on Blu Ray especially as they are releasing them to build up a nice numbered collection. Having read a couple of reviews about flickering on the transfer of Tarzan, I was somewhat put off but decided to chance it anyway - all I can say is that if you look really hard for a small amount of flickering on the darker coloured gorillas you will find it - the thing is though, the quality of transfer is very good, well saturated colours, good sound, great sharpness, so I have a feeling that the "flicker" might well be in the technology used to "paint" in the first place rather than the transfer. That said you will have to look real hard for it and examine the film rather than watch it to even spot it! So if you are a fan of this film, Disney or animation in general, I'd reccomend it, and would not be put off by some other reviews! That said we all have our own opinions and standards!! Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By brian@batmanuk.freeserve.co.uk on 3 Sep 2000
Format: DVD
Every once in a while Disney release something special. Tarzan is indeed up there with the likes of The Lion King. This is Disney animation at its best with never before seen techniques that just blow you away. Driver and Blessed contribute some great voice work while Phil Colins' music is spot-on. The score music is also quite beautiful which adds to the great world that the animators have created. Disney have out-done themselves and Tarzan would be difficult to top. As for the DVD itself, this edition is the only one to buy with so much content. Like Men in Black and Fight Club this is how DVD's should be and it's what your player needs to be fed regularly !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Solley on 13 May 2004
Format: DVD
Being an avid Disney DVD fan I've added this Collector's addition to my collection.
The film is very good and in the typical Disney mould. There's animal's that talk and Tarzan overcomes his enemy to get the girl.
The extra's leave a lot to be desired. There's how the film was made etc, but not much for the kids, like with say Beauty & The Beast Collector's Edition.
My tip is to buy the single edition, unless your mind is set on getting every Disney DVD like me...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug 2001
Format: DVD
Being a Disney fan I am slightly prejudice, however sincerely this is a great film! The animation is superb bringing to life Tarzan, Jane and all the other 'secondary' Disney characters that usually steal the show. I found the film both laugh-out-loud funny as well as touching, hitting on genuinely important issues in an entertaining way. This film is a must for both the little and big kids of the family!
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Format: DVD
Disney animation has been making progress with leaps and bounds since The Little Mermaid, but the stories have been stuck in a rut for some time now. Disney made a wise move in taking the Tarzan novels as the base for this feature - we all grew up with the character, the stories are simple but compelling and animation allowed Disney to construct a picture far beyond the limits of human actors.
Disney put their best animators on to the job and they certainly worked miracles with the source. Their Tarzan is far closer to the character in the book - moving and acting like an animal, yet somehow human underneath. Disney have probably set themselves an impossible target in beating Tarzan's animation. Drawing a person is HARD, drawing one at 25 frames a second is nearly impossible, drawing a near naked man fighting a spotted leopard in and out of shadows is just breathtaking.
Much has been made of the vaunted use of computer graphics to build the Deep Canvas backgrounds - allowing the characters to move through the jungle in 3D. It deserves every accolade - the effect is flawless, never once looking like CGI but allowing the animators to have fun with the potential in their story.
The vocal talent is equally well sourced with Minnie Driver's Jane coming across as a far more interesting female character than any recent Disney woman. The 'Tarzan, Jane' sequence is a delight and works just as well as the classic scene between Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan all those years ago. And why has no one ever cast Brian Blessed in an animation before - he plays the villain like he was doing panto with great relish, although why none of the characters catch on he's a villain until much later is a mystery.
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