Tarzan V.1. (Not Completely Done would like some comments. Link here.) Really Ramblings.
Movies for children nowadays are big money. You know that, I know that, and the movie studios definitely know it. Why would there be thousands of companies that do tests for different films or even products. Usually when it comes to films for children, the movies are cartoons. These cartoons can be bad, boring and not cutting edge (i.e. The King and I and The Quest For Camelot). These cartoons can also come in smarter, cutting edge and not undermining the intellect of young people (i.e. Antz and Toy Story). These movies have characters that could be real people. There emotions seem real and their stories are closer to our hearts.
Now Disney has had cartoons in both categories. They almost always
remake stories that have been staged by people like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Jungle
Book and Hercules. These stories are all very open to interpretation and is why they can
be animated. Tarzan too has been the subject of many films and is therefore open to
interpretation. Disney has done a great job here of interpreting this classic, modernizing
without it losing any of its story and values.
This film like many classic films addresses many issues. Issues like acceptance, opposites attract and the struggle between wildlife and man. Like all Disney cartoons, these themes are represented a happy, beautiful and comedical environment. The jungle is more beautiful animated than in real life. The comic relief is done by Rosie O' Donnell and Wayne Knight voicing a gorilla friend and an elephant compatriot of Tarzan respectively.
The action in the movie is very fast and some of the best I've seen in animation better than any other Disney movie. Scenes such as Tarzan being chased by the leopard through the jungle in which he slides his way through the jungle on trees and then swings from vine to vine are just astounding. The musical accompaniment/ narration by Phil Collins was nice but a little repetitive. Rosie O' Donnel's voice is very irritating and it kind of stuck out like a sore thumb in between the voice casting of the rest of the characters.
People have been saying that Disney has gone downhill since The Lion King. I agree that Hercules and The Hunchback of Notre Dame were some of the weaker cartoons since the beginning of the mouse with the big ear's reign. But I disagree with many on Mulan which I thought was very good and sort of ambitious on Disney's part in making a lesser known story. I believe that with the combination of Mulan and Tarzan Disney has reestablished itself as king of the regular animation business. With the deal they recently made with Pixar that should help they be around in the 3D animation race. Disney and Pixar are on the clock for Toy Story 2, to be out during Thanksgiving. I give Tarzan ***.