"Tarzan": A Traditional Disney Movie Take on the Classsic Tale
|I like the classical look of this poster|
Gone were the days when Disney story people could leisurely pick out appropriate novels and turn them into a "The Fox and the Hound" or a "Lady and the Tramp," stories that had not been done before. The pressure of cranking out a major new animated Disney movie every year was straining the entire Disney team, and what resulted was this string of technically superb but creatively banal features. The momentum of the Disney Renaissance retained just enough momentum to enable "Tarzan" to do well, but the failure of these films to advance the art of storytelling (there certainly were many technical advances) caused later audiences to look at the coming crop of similar films such as "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" with just a tad more skepticism.
|Kala with her substitute baby|
|Tarzan grows into a fine young man|
|Jane and the Professor|
|Jane doesn't seem to realize she's in a dangerous jungle|
|Jane is a bit of a looker, eh?|
|Mimicking the guy with the gun is usually a bad idea, but Jane likes it|
|Tarzan on the lookout|
There also are quiet, emotional moments, not something you find much of in later films. Disney movies moved away from this very successful formula after this, and no doubt did that for a very good reason. How you feel about "Tarzan" likely will depend on whether you prefer the Disney movie classics like "Beauty and the Beast," which have a Broadway air to them, or the more recent series such as the "Ice Age" line of films, which are fast-paced, jokey, full of comic characters invariably doing funny things, full of sly topical references, and with serious reflection present but confined to small, discrete plot points. "Tarzan" definitely falls in the former camp.
|Reading is fundamental|
|Yes, our boy does swing on those vines|
Below is the original trailer for "Tarzan."