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Disappointing film, TERRIBLE Tarzan design; Filmation series was better


Surprisingly poor film, given when it was made -- not so many years after Disney was making its classics.

Something just happened after Pocahontas. Disney became incapable of making great movies, and the studio went on a downward spiral that didn't change until Tangled.

The animation of the backgrounds in Tarzan is very good -- not Lion King good, but good -- but the design of the characters is terribly crude.

Tarzan himself looks ridiculous. What was his hair supposed to be -- dreads? Is that supposed to indicate that he's a mulatto? His family was British, for pete's sake.

And Tarzan's facial shape, good god -- his chin was as cartoonishly pointed as the Joker in the old Batman comic books, or the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz.

Jane wasn't attractive (not ugly, but very much a Plain Jane), and the bad guy was a two-dimensional and ultimately predictable goon.

The animal-stomping musical number was excruciatingly awful and painfully unfunny. In fact, for a film set in the jungle, the animals were really boring. (Compare Lion King, where they were all entertaining.)

Worst of all, the business of Tarzan crouching like an ape was painful to watch. It really says something about the diminishment of our culture that in the past, Tarzan stood like a man, a hero, but in this modern film, he crouched like a monkey. It indicates how much man himself has diminished.

Not kidding, I prefer the old Filmation TV series when it comes to animated Tarzan. By far.

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It's simply not possible to apply that kind of realism to a film like this, because after all, a child could not survive being brought up by apes in the first place.

For some things an audience willingly and gladly suspends disbelief, not for others. You can believe Tarzan walking upright "by instinct" in a way that you could not believe him simply knowing English.

Here's the opening to the Filmation Tarzan TV show, which reflects the presentation of Tarzan throughout film and literary history, going right back to Burroughs himself: a proud, free-standing, noble warrior:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4_kt4spGzE

Note the tag in that teaser for "lost cities filled with beauty and danger," already promising a much more compelling plot than that of the Disney Tarzan.

Very disappointed with what this film did to a heroic literary and film icon, reducing him so terribly.

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Why does Tarzan have short hair? He wouldn't have known about haircuts?

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Worst of all, the business of Tarzan crouching like an ape was painful to watch. It really says something about the diminishment of our culture that in the past, Tarzan stood like a man, a hero, but in this modern film, he crouched like a monkey. It indicates how much man himself has diminished.

what a retarded statement and a retarded reason to dislike tarzan. don't get me wrong, i'm not a fan of this film, but that reason to dislike it is just plain dumb and retarded.

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Totally disagree with everything u said. And no *beep* his hair was dreads try not washing your for 20 years .

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Worst of all, the business of Tarzan crouching like an ape was painful to watch. It really says something about the diminishment of our culture that in the past, Tarzan stood like a man, a hero, but in this modern film, he crouched like a monkey. It indicates how much man himself has diminished.

I'm not even going to reply to the rest of the post, but I agree about this one. I guess we're supossed to believe that since Tarzan grew up with gorillas, he behaved a lot like them.

Intelligence and purity.

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I couldn't disagree with you more.


And I actually disliked The Lion King quite a lot.

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Everything that the O.P. says about this film, and how disappointing it is, compared to Filmation's definitive Tarzan series, is true.

Now at last the Filmation series is available on DVD -- for the first time ever:

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01E4S3GXG/

Sure, the animation is limited, as is that of all Filmation series. But even so, it absolutely blows away Disney's rubbish-heap of a politically correct knuckle-dragging Tarzan.

Instead, filmation gives us a true hero, a powerful, intelligent man who walks upright. This is the version that comes closes to Burroughs's own vision.

Seriously, if you're a Tarzan fan, watch the Filmation DVD and see how it's supposed to be done.

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I agree that the designs for both leads were lackluster. Both of them had a more cartoony, generic look that were unappealing. It's understandable why Tarzan was given such a design, due to him supposed to move like an animal, but still.

But this is leads to your next statement; Tarzan's crouching was actually a conscious cue taken from the novel. He crouched like a Gorilla in the original novel, which the Disney animators saw animation as the opportunity to execute.

I do have a soft spot for Tarzan and at the time I thought it was a more satisfying film than it's predecessors. However, I do agree that it has it's weak spots (it's too juvenile at times). But personally I wasn't one of those who hated the films between The Lion King and Tangled.

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Filmation sucked at everything. THey didn't even know that Veronica in Archie ws Betrty's ARCH NEMESIS (even Hanna-Barbera's Josie which debuted a few years later in 1970 had Alexandra as the See You Next Tuesday that the Archie Publications portrayed her).

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