Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tarzan (1999) review


This well-known Disney movie was a major part of my childhood. The detailed jungle animation, touching story, great soundtrack by Phil Collins, and fast action made this movie a win for kids and adults.

PLOT:Tarzan (Tony Goldwyn) is a man that's been raised by a family of gorillas. Shortly after his parents washed up on the shore in a lifeboat and built a home in the trees, his parents were attacked and killed by a leopard. A female gorilla named Kala (Glenn Close), found him and took him back to the family. Against the will of the leader, Kerchak (Lance Henriksen), who is still sore from the loss of their child, Kala takes Tarzan in. Tarzan grows up to be a strong man, along the sides of his best friends, Terk (Rosie O'Donell) and Tantor (Wayne Knight), the elephant. Things are going fairly normal for the family until Tarzan discovers a group of humans, including the beautiful Jane (Minnie Driver), the inquisitive Professor Porter (Nigel Hawthorne), and the brutal Clayton (Brian Blessed). The rest of the gorillas are wary about accepting the humans, but Tarzan tries and tries, learning about them and seemingly falling for Jane along the way. However, Clayton's forcefulness seems to get worse and worse, for he has a plan for these gorillas. It's a good plot executed greatly.

VOICES:The voice acting in here is really good. Tony Goldwyn played a great part as Tarzan, the ape man. Minnie Driver and Nigel Hawthorne also played memorable parts as Jane and Professor Porter; not to mention, Rosie O'Donnell and Wayne Knight also played a couple of really great parts as Terk and Tantor. There really wasn't a bad part in the movie, aside from the child voices. The other shiners would obviously be Brian Blessed as Clayton, Lance Henriksen as Kerchak, and Glenn Close as Kala.

SCORE:The score in here is brilliant. The score and soundtrack is mainly done by Phil Collins and Mark Mancina. They go together to create some fun, beautiful, and fitting themes and songs. Phil Collins did some great work on this soundtrack, from "Son of Man" to "You'll Be in My Heart".

ANIMATION:The animation in here is pretty good and detailed. The animation of the jungle itself was actually way better than the characters. It wasn't Disney's best animation, but I enjoyed it.

OTHER CONTENT:This Disney movie is a great addition to the Disney canon. It was a big part of my childhood movie collection. Along with the soundtrack, spirit, and story itself, there were a lot of touching aspects to the love story and some great action in here. The love story seems more touching and the action is just vibrant and active. However, I didn't seem to like how abruptly the transitions between the gorilla language and the monkey language took place. It was actually kind of confusing in a way.

OVERALL,an awesome Disney movie with a greatly-executed plot, really good voice acting, brilliant score, pretty good and detailed animation, some touching love scenes, and great action, but there were a few abrupt shifts that I didn't like.

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