Tarzan (1999 movie)

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Tarzan is a 1999 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation for Walt Disney Pictures. The 37th Disney animated feature film, the tenth and last released during the Disney Renaissance era, it is based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, being the first animated major motion picture version of the story.

Directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima from a screenplay by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, and Noni White, the film stars the voices of Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Rosie O’Donnell, Brian Blessed, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight, and Nigel Hawthorne.

  • Starring : Tony Goldwyn / Minnie Driver
  • Genre : Animation / Adventure / Family / Romance
  • Country : United States
  • Language : English
  • Director : Chris Buck / Kevin Lima
  • Production : Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures / Bandur Film / Buena Vista International Finland / Buena Vista International / Filmes Lusomundo / Gaumont Buena Vista International (GBVI) / Kommunenes Filmcentral (KF) / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Buena Vista Home Video / Eén / Gativideo / Rai 3 / Touchstone Home Video / Walt Disney Home Entertainment / Walt Disney Home Video / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

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Tarzan release date

  • June 12, 1999 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
  • June 16, 1999 : USA (limited)
  • June 17, 1999 : Israel
  • June 17, 1999 : Singapore
  • June 18, 1999 : Canada
  • June 18, 1999 : USA
  • July 14, 1999 : Philippines (Manila)
  • August 4, 1999 : Philippines (Davao)
  • September 9, 1999 : Australia
  • October 22, 1999 : UK
  • October 22, 1999 : Ireland
  • November 7, 1999 : Japan (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • November 11, 1999 : Germany
  • November 12, 1999 : Sweden
  • November 18, 1999 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
  • November 24, 1999 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
  • November 24, 1999 : France
  • November 26, 1999 : Spain
  • December 18, 1999 : Japan
  • July 12, 2000 : France (re-release)
  • April 6, 2005 : France (special edition)
  • May 9, 2005 : UK (special edition)
  • June 9, 2005 : Germany (special edition)
  • October 25, 2005 : USA (special edition)
  • January 24, 2014 : UK (3-D version)
  • November 15, 2019 : USA (3-D version)

Tarzan cast

  • Brian Blessed as Clayton(voice)
  • Glenn Close as Kala(voice)
  • Minnie Driver as Jane(voice)
  • Tony Goldwyn as Tarzan(voice)
  • Nigel Hawthorne as Professor Porter(voice)
  • Lance Henriksen as Kerchak(voice)
  • Wayne Knight as Tantor(voice)
  • Alex D. Linz as Young Tarzan(voice)
  • Rosie O’Donnell as Terk(voice)
  • Beth Anderson as (voice)
  • Jack Angel as Monkey / Sylvester(voice)
  • Joseph Ashton as (voice)
  • Bob Bergen as Baby Tarzan / Snipes(voice)(as Robert Bergen)
  • Billy Bodine as (voice)(as Billy Warden Bodine)
  • Hillary Brooks as Female Gorilla(voice)

Pre-production of Tarzan began in 1995, with Lima selected as director and Buck joining him the same year. Following Murphy’s first draft, Tzudiker, White, and Dave Reynolds were brought in to reconstruct the third act and add additional material to the screenplay. English recording artist Phil Collins was recruited to compose and record songs integrated with a score by Mark Mancina. Meanwhile, the production team embarked on a research trip to Uganda and Kenya to study the gorillas. The animation of the film combines 2D traditional hand-drawn animation with the extensive use of computer-generated imagery, and it was done in California, Orlando, and Paris, with the pioneering computer animation software system Deep Canvas being predominantly used to create three-dimensional backgrounds.

Tarzan premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on June 12, 1999, and was released in the United States on June 16, 1999. It received a positive reaction from critics, who praised its animation and music. Against a production budget of $130 million (then the most expensive animated film ever made until Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within in 2001), the film grossed $448.2 million worldwide, becoming the fifth-highest film release in 1999, the second-highest animation release of 1999 behind Toy Story 2, and the first Disney animated feature to open at first place at the North American box office since Pocahontas (1995). It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song (“You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins). The film has led to many derived works, such as a Broadway adaptation, a television series, and two direct-to-video sequels: Tarzan & Jane (2002) and Tarzan II (2005).

In the late 19th century, an English couple and their infant son escape from a shipwreck, and end up near an uncharted rainforest on the Congolese coast. The couple builds themselves a treehouse from the ship’s wreckage. Meanwhile, the leader of a group of gorillas, Kerchak, plays with his son until a leopard named Sabor kills him. Soon afterward, Kerchak’s mate Kala hears the infant son’s cries and finds the treehouse, where she discovers that Sabor has killed the couple as well. Kala encounters Sabor and escapes with the infant in her possession. Kala takes the infant back to her troop to raise as her own, an action which Kerchak objects to. Kala adopts the human child, naming him Tarzan. When aged five, Tarzan begins to befriend other animals, including his adoptive cousin and Kala and Kerchak’s niece Terk and a paranoid male African elephant named Tantor; but he is treated hostilely due to physical differences, so he makes great efforts to improve himself. As a young adult, Tarzan manages to slay Sabor with a spear he crafted, gaining Kerchak’s respect.

One day, the gorillas’ peaceful life is interrupted by the arrival of a team of English explorers, consisting of Professor Porter, his daughter Jane, and their tour guide, a hunter named Clayton. The explorers are looking to study gorillas. Jane accidentally becomes separated from the group and is chased by a mandrill troop, with Tarzan saving her. Tarzan studies Jane and realizes she’s similar to him. Jane leads Tarzan to their camp, where Porter and Clayton garner interest in him. Porter views Tarzan as an opportunity for scientific advancement, while Clayton desires to persuade Tarzan to lead him to the gorillas. Kerchak firmly warns Tarzan to stay away from them, but Tarzan disobeys his warnings and continues to return to the camp, where the Porters and Clayton teach him how to speak English as well as what the human world is like. As time passes, Tarzan and Jane gradually begin to fall in love. Because of Kerchak, Tarzan still refuses to lead the explorers to the gorillas.

The explorers’ ship soon returns to retrieve them. Jane asks Tarzan to return with them to England, but Tarzan asks Jane to stay with him when Jane says that it is unlikely that they will ever return. Clayton convinces Tarzan that Jane will stay with him if he leads them to the gorillas. Tarzan agrees and leads the trio to the nesting grounds, while Terk and Tantor lure Kerchak away to prevent him from attacking the humans. Jane and her father are excited to mingle with the gorillas. Suddenly, Kerchak returns to see them and attempts to attack, but Tarzan holds him with chokehold, allowing the Porters and Clayton to escape. An enraged Kerchak accuses Tarzan of betraying the troop, causing Tarzan to run off in guilt. Kala takes Tarzan to the treehouse, where she shows him about his true past. In the end, Tarzan puts on a suit that once belonged to his father, signifying his decision to go to England, before he and Kala share a bittersweet goodbye.

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