Tarzan

CHRIS BUCK, KEVIN LIMA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1999.  Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Feature Animation.  Story by , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Screenplay by , , , based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1999.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.  

Gorgeous and lush animated film from Disney has a bastardized version of Edgar Rice Burrough’s original tale, but a wonderful upbeat feel that makes it perfect viewing for its target audience of children and their families.   is delightful as the voice of Jane, a woman exploring the dense jungles of Africa with her father, who comes upon a wild man named Tarzan () living among great apes.  Naturally, the evil villain and funny sidekicks are all in place where they always are in a Disney film, but the spirited direction and beautiful (though sometimes overripe) music by Phil Collins give it a touch of something special. The opening number is a stunner and sets a beautiful tone for the whole film.

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