CHRIS BUCK, KEVIN LIMA
Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1999. Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Feature Animation. Story by Stephen J. Anderson, Mark Kennedy, Carole Holliday, Gaetan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Don Dougherty, Ed Gombert, Randy Haycock, Don Hall, Kevin Harkey, Glen Keane, Burny Mattinson, Frank Nissen, John Norton, Jeff Snow, Michael Surrey, Chris Ure, Mark Walton, Stevie Wermers, Kelly Wightman, John Ramirez, Screenplay by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Produced by Bonnie Arnold. Music by Mark Mancina. Production Design by Daniel St. Pierre. Film Editing by Gregory Perler. 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. Minnie Driver 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 (Tony Goldwyn) 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.