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Tarzan Reviews

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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.
June 16, 2016
Fun but sensitive, great soundtrack to boot.
½ June 16, 2016
Tarzan is a great Disney film and Disney portrays this film so well. Tarzan has a great plot and is very heartwarming. I would very much suggest this movie.
½ May 21, 2016
Disney has been no stranger to updates over the years, what was once traditional animation placed against painted backgrounds has now turned to fully computerised worlds, such as the one seen in Frozen. Disney saw a creative renaissance through the late eighties and nineties and at the end of it all, we were gifted with Tarzan, which is most definitely up to the standard Disney had at the time.

For those unfamiliar with the story, Disney's adaptation (based on Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs) follows the titular hero from boyhood to adult. After his parents are killed by a leopard, Tarzan (Played by Alex D. Linz as a young boy) is taken in as a baby by the gorilla Kala (Glenn Close) who coincidentally lost her baby to the same leopard. But when the adult Tarzan (Tony Goldwyn) stumbles across members of his own kind in the form of Jane (Minnie Driver), her father (Nigel Hawthorne) and their guide Clayton (Brian Blessed), he struggles with the challenges of not only fitting in but also figuring out where he belongs. It's this central struggle that forms a huge amount of heart around the overall package. Just as the jungle swinging action is frenetic and engaging, so are the more poignant moments emotional and come with the right impact. It's a quickly paced film, flashing between the two and a mix of mild comic relief to keep the audience engaged at all times. The only problem, which will ring more true for adults than children, is that the villain is super obvious from the moment he's introduced, but even he gets some laughs to keep him from becoming completely stale. Tarzan's plot is a healthy mix of emotion, action and comedy, sure to entertain audiences time and time again, no matter the age bracket.

With a varied and infectious plot, the characters rise to match its success. Both Linz and Goldwyn do a brilliant job of conveying the confusion and fascination present in Tarzan's mind which gets the audience to care about his struggle right from the offset. Jane fits the classic archetype of Disney's damsel in distress but her character is set apart from the other Disney heroines with her endearing clumsiness and a hint of Victorian authenticity, making her instantly likeable. Kala and her mate Kerchak (Lance Henrikson) are also very strong with the latter bringing an intense level of intimidation to match the disdain the alpha male gorilla shows towards Tarzan. The comic relief characters including Rosie O'Donnell as Tarzan's gorilla cousin Terk and Wayne Knight as the paranoid elephant Tantor are fairly amusing, but they never interrupt the emotional proceedings that are sprinkled throughout the main plot. When the main cast is so strong, it's a shame that Brian Blessed's performance as Clayton feels quite basic by comparison; there isn't really that much depth to his character and he doesn't develop much over the course of the film, but when the rest of the cast is so strong it's a mere drop in a lake of solid characterisation.

Tarzan was made at a time before fully 3D computer generated animation became the norm and it makes some of the best uses of the technology before it was eventually replaced in the 2000s. While it may seem dated nowadays because of its static painted look, the jungle environment is nonetheless lush, colourful and green which works hard to transport the viewer into the film's setting; the painted environments also coalesce nicely with the animated characters. But where Tarzan really makes an impression is through its cinematography; the set piece moments are all incredibly thrilling and tense and they take the hero far beyond just swinging on vines; the chase scene involving the baboons is brilliant to watch because of the way the camera spins and twists to brilliantly capture the wild nature of Tarzan's life in the jungle. And then there's the soundtrack featuring songs by Phil Collins; one of the most riveting orchestrations ever seen in an animated film (I'm serious; "Son of Man" and "Strangers like me" deserve to be right up there with Frozen's "Let it go"). It's fast and furious in the action sequences and it also finds time to calm down for the more emotional moments; it's simply the perfect complement to an already fantastic animated film.

Tarzan is heartfelt, breathless and exhilarating and it stakes its claim as one of the best animated films of the nineties; quite ironic considering how it was the last of the Disney Renaissance films (which lasted from 1989 to 1999). For adults it's easy to nit-pick some of the more light-hearted moments and blindingly obvious villain, but you'll be so enthralled by the film's brilliant animation and set-piece moments that you won't mind one bit.
May 17, 2016
My favorite Disney movie as a child, my favorite Disney movie of all time!
½ May 4, 2016
Tarzan is a Disney's adaptation of a true story packed with its typically stunning visuals, unforgettable songs, old fashioned melodrama - and the result is as moving as it is entertaining.
April 30, 2016
What a fun, fun Disney classic. Music never gets old, though Jane has never been a favorite of mine.
½ April 13, 2016
While not the best film from the Disney Renaissance era, it still remains an incredibly entertaining animated film, with a lot of heart.
April 11, 2016
If you need a guidance on how to make an amazing animated movie, remember to watch this one at least a thousand times and you'll realize you will never get close enough.
½ April 8, 2016
who wouldnt like this film? free spirited and phil collins carries it with his music
Super Reviewer
½ March 28, 2016
Thanks to it's great animation, fantastic soundtrack, and memorable action scenes, Tarzan is one of Disney's best action films - and still manages to have tons of heart and emotion as well.
½ March 16, 2016
I really enjoyed this film when I was a kid. But looking back on it, it could have been way better. If it was up to me, I wouldn't have had the animals talk because it really isn't necessary. When Kala finds Tarzan, there is no dialogue and it could have been like that for the rest of the movie, until the humans show up. There is more mature (and sometimes more violent) content in this movie than the other Disney animated movies. They should have embraced that more and not fall under the ridiculous elements of other Disney movies. I still enjoy it for what it is and Phil Collins songs are truly amazing.
February 26, 2016
Disney has done a great job in making Tarzan. In my opinion it is alot better than frozen , it has a very good storyline with a great bunch of characters and the concept of a boy being raised by gorillas. it's just amazing!
And the death of Kerchak is one of the top heartbreaking scenes of disney movies , it is really touching and even now it makes the grown-ups cry like Mufasa's death.
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