Tarzan (1999 movie)

1999 American animated film

Tarzan is a 1999 animated movie based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel Tarzan of the Apes and made by The Walt Disney Company. It was the first Disney animated feature to start at #1 in the box office since Pocahontas. It was the first to have a production budget of $100 million since The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Directed byChris Buck
Kevin Lima
Screenplay byTab Murphy
Bob Tzudiker
Noni White
Based onTarzan of the Apes
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Produced byBonnie Arnold
StarringTony Goldwyn
Minnie Driver
Rosie O'Donnell
Glenn Close
Brian Blessed
Lance Henriksen
Wayne Knight
Nigel Hawthorne
Edited byGregory Perler
Music byMark Mancina
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
Release dates
  • June 18, 1999 (1999-06-18)
(United States)
  • October 22, 1999 (1999-10-22)
(United Kingdom and Ireland)
  • November 24, 1999 (1999-11-24)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$130 million[1]
Box office$448,191,819[1]

Plot change

A British couple and their baby son has survived a shipwreck. They become stranded off the African coast near uncharted jungles. The couple builds a treehouse to live in. They are later attacked and killed by a vicious leopard called Sabor. Meanwhile, a family of gorillas are travelling to their feeding grounds. One of them is Kala, whose own child was killed by the leopard. She hears the cries of the orphaned baby. She follows the sound across the jungle to the treehouse. She finds the child there. Sabor attacks her, but Kala and the baby escape without being hurt. They return to the gorilla family. Kala decides to raise the child as her own. She names him Tarzan. That makes her mate Kerchak angry. He tells her the baby will never replace the child they lost.

As a child, Tarzan makes friends with several animals and other gorillas in the family. They include the female ape Terk and the male elephant Tantor. Tarzan has trouble keeping up. One day, Terk and her friends dare Tarzan to get a hair from an elephant's tail. The dare goes wrong when the elephants stampede into the gorilla territory and almost kill a baby gorilla. However, Tarzan is able to get the hair. After Kerchak tells Kala that Tarzan will never be one of the family, Tarzan runs off into the jungle. Kala consoles him. He keeps trying. He learns how to do things from the animals of the jungle. He becomes a muscular apelike man. One day, Sabor attacks the gorillas and Tarzan kills her. This makes Kerchak respect him.

A gunshot is heard. While the others go into the jungle, Tarzan decides to investigate. He sees a team of human explorers. The group includes Professor Porter, his daughter Jane and their hunter guide Clayton. They are in Africa looking for gorillas. Jane gets separated from the group. She is attacked by a troop of baboons. Tarzan saves her from them. He discovers that Jane and he are the same-humans. They go back to Jane's camp. Terk, Tantor and some gorillas from the troop are looking for Tarzan. They find the human campsite. They use the various items in the camp as instruments, and slowly destroy it. Tarzan and Jane arrive at the camp. When Clayton and Professor Porter get there, Tarzan goes with the gorillas into the jungle. Kerchak warns the other gorillas to stay away from the humans, but Tarzan says that the humans are not dangerous. He secretly continues his visits to the explorers. He learns about the human world. He and Jane fall in love.

When the explorer's boat arrives to take them back to England, Tarzan is sad to see Jane leaving. Clayton tricks Tarzan into believing that Jane will remain in Africa forever if he shows her the gorillas. Tarzan persuades Tantor and Terk to lead Kerchak away from the explorers. The plan seemingly works and Tarzan leads the explorers to the gorilla nesting grounds. The explorers are happy to mingle with the apes, but then Kerchak arrives and attacks the humans. Tarzan restrains him to save the explorers and leaves the troop, having alienated himself. When Kala finds him, staring off into the distance, she takes him to the treehouse where she found him as a baby. Tarzan then decides to go to England with the explorers.

The next day, as the group board the ship, a mutiny occurs and Tarzan and his friends are captured and detained in the brig, but not before Clayton reveals that he came to Africa to capture the gorillas and sell them to a zoo. He and his goons then enter the jungle and start capturing the gorillas. Fortunately, Tarzan and his friends escape with the aid of several animals from the jungle. Together, they free the gorillas and retaliate against the poachers. Clayton then shoots Tarzan, but only grazes his arm. When Kerchak comes to the ape man's aid, Clayton shoots him, but fatally injures him. He then chases Tarzan into the trees where a fight ensues. Tarzan briefly holds Clayton at gunpoint, before destroying the hunter's rifle. Clayton then attacks the ape man with a machete and starts wildly hacking vines, not knowing that one of them is round his neck like a noose. Despite Tarzan begging him to stop, he cuts the vines and the hunter is quickly hung to death.

Tarzan then approaches Kerchak, who is close to death. Kerchak then asks Tarzan to forgive him for not realising he has always been a member of the gorilla troop and passes his leadership on to Tarzan, before succumbing to his injuries. The ape man then becomes the new leader of the gorillas. The next day, Jane and her father prepare to leave. Jane then realises she loves Tarzan and she and her father then decide to remain in Africa. Tarzan and Jane then embark on their new life together.

Main cast change

Television change

A spin-off television animated series named The Legend of Tarzan ran from 2001 to 2003. The series picks up where the movie left off. Tarzan is adjusting to his new role as leader of the apes following Kerchak's death.

Sequels change

Direct-to-video sequels:

Awards change

Tarzan won the following awards:

Annie Awards change

Tarzan was also nominated for 11 Annie Awards, winning one.

Result Award Winner/Nominee Recipient(s)
Nominated Animated Theatrical Feature
Nominated Individual Achievement in Directing Kevin Lima (Director)
Chris Buck (Director)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Writing Tab Murphy (Writer)
Bob Tzudiker (Writer) &
Noni White (Writer)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Storyboarding Brian Pimentel (Story Supervisor)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Production Design Daniel St. Pierre (Art Director)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Character Animation Ken Duncan (Supervising Animator - Jane)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Character Animation Glen Keane (Supervising Animator - Tarzan)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Effects Animation Peter DeMund (Effects Supervisor)
Nominated Individual Achievement in Voice Acting Minnie Driver ("Jane")
Nominated Individual Achievement in Music Phil Collins (Songs)
Won Technical Achievement in the Field of Animation Eric Daniels (Computer Graphics Supervisor)
(For the development of the Deep Canvas device in the movie)

Release dates change

Country Premiere
  Israel June 17, 1999
  Malaysia June 17, 1999
  Singapore June 17, 1999
  Canada June 18, 1999
  Colombia June 18, 1999
  United States June 18, 1999
  Uruguay June 25, 1999
  Brazil July 2, 1999
  Argentina July 8, 1999
  Hong Kong July 10, 1999
  Mexico July 16, 1999
  South Korea July 17, 1999
  Taiwan July 17, 1999
  Egypt September 1, 1999
  New Zealand September 2, 1999
  Australia September 9, 1999
  Thailand October 8, 1999
  United Kingdom October 22, 1999
  Ireland October 22, 1999
  Germany November 11, 1999
  Denmark November 12, 1999
  Norway November 12, 1999
  Sweden November 12, 1999
   Switzerland November 18, 1999 (German speaking region)
  Netherlands November 18, 1999
  Iceland November 19, 1999
  Poland November 19, 1999
  Belgium November 24, 1999
   Switzerland November 24, 1999 (French speaking region)
  France November 24, 1999
  Hungary November 25, 1999
  Russia November 25, 1999
  Spain November 26, 1999
  Greece November 26, 1999
  Portugal November 26, 1999
  Malta December 1, 1999
  Slovenia December 2, 1999
  Slovakia December 2, 1999
  Finland December 3, 1999
  Italy December 3, 1999
  Estonia December 10, 1999
  Romania December 10, 1999
  Japan December 18, 1999
  Turkey January 21, 2000
  Kuwait January 22, 2000

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tarzan (1999)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 11, 2011.

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