Tarzan (1999) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

A charming and sumptuous looking animated feature from Walt Disney studios, which should take its place along such modern classics as ‘Little Mermaid’ and ‘Aladdin’. Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the story involves the up bring of Tarzan, an orphaned human baby raised amongst a pack of Gorilla’s in the wild jungles of Africa. All is idyllic until wildlife hunters show up looking to capture an ape. Burroughs story has been re-worked Disney-style, thereby losing some of its emotional impact. However the bare-bones outline of a plot is enough for the filmmakers to create a magnificently realized world around. The best Disney cartoons have strong characters and a series of outstanding musical numbers. Here the villain is a big-game hunter that doesn’t rank with the finest Disney antagonists and the songs by Phil Collins are forgettable, the OSCAR winning “You’ll be in my Heart” notwithstanding. A pleasing adventure that small children are sure to enjoy, and an easy watch for accompanying adults.

Director: Kevin Lima, Chris Buck
Stars: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glen Close

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