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Tarzan Reviews

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½ January 20, 2017
With absolutely terrific animation, memorable and very well developed characters, greatly established relationships between each and every one of them, stupendously well executed action sequences and some great tunes with Son of Man being so catchy and a lot of fun, Tarzan is such an underrated Disney film that is one of my favorites from the studio, a film that is rushed in pacing and with a typical villain, but is simultaneously emotional, dramatic, romantic and adventurous and well crafted on almost every level. It was a great film to end the Disney Renaissance.
½ December 25, 2016
Not bad, but I just didn't find anything funny
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December 23, 2016
A hugely entertaining roller coaster of a movie that perfectly combines 2D animation with 3D background, dazzling us with exhilarating scenes of Tarzan surfing through the jungle trees and a classic story that offers a very nice message about acceptance and self-identity.
December 21, 2016
Despite Rosie O'Donnell's presence and a weak villain, the movie manages to redeem itself with some dark and emotional moments, brilliant chemistry between the two love leads, breathtaking animation, and an awesome Phil Collins soundtrack.
½ December 4, 2016
A good Disney film with fine animation and a zippy soundtrack from Phil Collins.
½ December 1, 2016
Insuperável. Animação, trilha, personagens, roteiro...Um dos melhores do estúdio do Mickey.
½ November 12, 2016
The end of the Disney Renaissance (the one before the one we currently live in, whether it's Tangled, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, etc) is not a disaster, but it not perfect. Tarzan open with human man and woman escaping with son from burning boat, then building new life, only to be eaten by leopard. Meanwhile, an ape couple loses their son to the same leopard in a parallel of tragedies that bring Kala (Glenn Close) and human baby Kala names Tarzan (Tony Goldwyn) together. However, Kala's husband Kerchak (Lance Henriksen) disapproves, and rejects Tarzan in cruel way. His heart was in right place for family, but Kala continues to raise Tarzan as ape anyway, like Harambe may have with boy in enclosure, but for safety of child, we may never know. Tarzan grows up to be ape-man, in scene-montage-scene where he make friends with Terk (Rosie O'Donnell), Tantor (Wayne Knight), and other apes/non-apes-and-humans alike. Tarzan begins being well-received as ape until new humans arrive. Tarzan meets Jane Porter (Minnie Driver) here to sketch animals and help her father Archimedes (Nigel Hawthorne) with research, and Clayton (Brian Blessed) to defend them. The opening act sets up the rest of the story beautifully, but this and other Phil Hartman song set montages make Tarzan feel like music videos for Phil Hartman songs interjected into movie for no other reason than to make movie go faster, like Tarzan growing up through montage, or learning human culture through montage. Montages used too much, though music comments well on what's happening. What we get enough of and never too much of though is character development, especially when you remember we follow Tarzan from baby to adult. We get to see how he's treated as different by other apes, especially his adoptive father Kerchak, and we feel sympathy for his plight throughout. We also get good development of Jane, who is the only other important human character, and aside from Kala, most other characters are just there and/or Tarzan's friends, but ultimately, drama comes from Tarzan's plight and how he reacts to the arrival of the first "hairless wonders" since Kala found him. The animation also beautifully rendered. While traditional animation does not create photorealism, some water looks more detailed with the enhancement computers provide, and so does the jungle environment. Disney makes do with great animation before Pixar acquisition gives computers their larger takeover, but I digress. Mark Mancina's soundtrack does its job, but Phil Hartman's vocal songs are what really sells the emotions in music, even if they're poorly placed. What Tarzan does not place poorly is the humor, and there's lots of laughs to be had, although adults may not be as entertained by the humor (unless they watched it as kids). Tarzan ultimately warms heart, but less than others do. Disney dropped ball here, but picked it up after some notice.
½ October 27, 2016
161027: Loaned out after watching The Jungle Book (1967) and then discussing this film. Want to see again; as soon as I get it back.
October 1, 2016
Great way to close out the renaissance.
½ September 28, 2016
Beautifully done animation! Great storytelling! & genius music!
September 16, 2016
Disney presents Tarzan. This is not the first time they have presented a kid in the Jungle, as they did many years ago in the classic The Jungle Book. Tarzan is a well known and defined story in its own right, but it has never been one of my favorites. In Disney's version he is raises by gorillas til he becomes an adult. Somehow his childhood friends do not appear to grown up with him. When humans enter the jungle, he comes across a hunter Clayton the main antagonist of the film. Clayton a Gaston like villain but not as memorable. Tarzan falls in love with another human Jane, and begins to follow his heart and learn the ways of humans. The story unfolds in a typical fashion, and features sub-par songs. Tarzan is clearly the beginning of the decline for animated Disney films as this is a bottom tier 2 Disney animated picture.
August 26, 2016
Beautiful handwritten animation with a spectacular story is all that Tarzan delivers as another Disney accomplishment.
½ August 22, 2016
90% - Tarzan consists of a dark touch to its story but makes it very fun to watch due to its brightly-colored animation and extremely funny dialogues.
August 21, 2016
88 minutes of proof harambe was wrongly shot
½ August 15, 2016
Tarzan feels like a wild ride through the jungle with its amazing soundtrack done by Phil Collins!
½ July 15, 2016
A Disney classic. Warm and heartfelt storytelling paired with the colorful and catchy musical stylings of Phil Collins makes Tarzan a fresh animated rendition to an already well-known and beloved story. A childhood favorite that still stands strong today!
July 6, 2016
This film is the pinnacle of Disney entertainment, coming in slightly behind The Lion King
July 6, 2016
It's still excellently animated, has great song writing, and a pace that could keep anyone's attention.
Grade: B+
½ June 24, 2016
Loved it! Best soundtrack in a Disney movie! Best songs are Trashin' the Camp, Two Worlds, Strangers Like Me and Son of Man! But You'll Be in My Heart is the best song in the movie.The plot was also solid and the villains were intimidating! Too bad this marked the end of the Disney Renaissance:(
June 18, 2016
A fast peaced ride that respects quite a lot of the source material, while adding some good disney spirit in an effective thrilling-touching formula.
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