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Tarzan (1999)

Coming Out at 16 June 1999 in theaters.

Animation, Adventure, Family

Tarzan is animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation for Walt Disney Pictures. The 37th Disney animated feature film, the tenth and last released during the Disney Renaissance era, it is based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, being the first animated major motion picture version of the story. Directed by Chris Buck in his directorial debut, and Kevin Lima from a screenplay by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, and Noni White, the film stars the voices of Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Rosie O’Donnell, Brian Blessed, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight, and Nigel Hawthorne.

Pre-production of Tarzan began in 1995, with Lima selected as director and Buck joining him the same year. Following Murphy’s first draft, Tzudiker, White, and Dave Reynolds were brought in to reconstruct the third act and add additional material to the screenplay. English recording artist Phil Collins was recruited to compose and record songs integrated with a score by Mark Mancina. Meanwhile, the production team embarked on a research trip to Uganda and Kenya to study the gorillas. The animation of the film combines 2D traditional hand-drawn animation with the extensive use of computer-generated imagery, and it was done in California, Orlando, and Paris, with the pioneering computer animation software system Deep Canvas being predominantly used to create three-dimensional backgrounds.

In the late 19th century, an English couple and their infant son survive a shipwreck. They end up near an uncharted rainforest on the Congolese coast, where they build themselves a treehouse from the ship’s wreckage. Meanwhile, Kerchak, the leader of a troop of gorillas, and his mate Kala mourn the death of their baby at the hands of a savage leopard named Sabor. Soon afterward, Kala hears the infant son’s cries and finds the treehouse, where she discovers that Sabor has killed the couple as well. Kala encounters Sabor and escapes with the infant in her possession. Kala takes the infant back to her troop to raise as her own, an action which Kerchak objects to. Kala adopts the human child, naming him Tarzan. When aged seven, Tarzan begins to befriend other animals, including Kala and Kerchak’s niece Terk and a paranoid elephant named Tantor; but he is treated hostilely by Kerchak due to physical differences, so he makes great efforts to improve himself. As an adult, Tarzan manages to slay Sabor with a spear he crafted, gaining Kerchak’s respect.

Directors: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima

Writers: Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, Stephen J. Anderson and Mark Kennedy, Carole Holliday, Gaëtan 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, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Stars: Brian Blessed, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Tony Goldwyn, Nigel Hawthorne, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight

Cast:

Brian BlessedClayton (voice)
Glenn CloseKala (voice)
Minnie DriverJane (voice)
Tony GoldwynTarzan (voice)
Nigel HawthorneProfessor Porter (voice)
Lance HenriksenKerchak (voice)
Wayne KnightTantor (voice)
Alex D. LinzYoung Tarzan (voice)
Rosie O’DonnellTerk (voice)
Beth Anderson(voice)
Jack AngelMonkey / Sylvester (voice)
Joseph Ashton(voice)
Bob BergenBaby Tarzan / Snipes (voice)
Billy Bodine(voice)
Hillary BrooksFemale Gorilla (voice)
Rodger BumpassElephant #2 / David (voice)
Lily Collins(voice)
Kat Cressida(voice)
Jim CummingsDennis (voice)
Aria Noelle Curzon(voice) (as Aria Curzon)
Jennifer Darling(voice)
Taylor DempseyYoung Tantor (voice)
Debi Derryberry(voice)
Patti DeutschTantor’s Mother (voice)
Paul EidingLarry (voice)
Blake McIver Ewing(voice) (as Blake Ewing)
Francesca Falcone(voice)
Michael Geiger(voice)
Scott Martin Gershin(voice) (as Scott Gershin)
Sam GifaldiScared Elephant (voice)
Amy Gleason(voice)
Jackie Gonneau(voice)
Debbie Hall(voice)
Jon Robert Hall(voice) (as Jonnie Hall)
Sandie Hall(voice)
Tina Halvorson(voice)
Linda Harmon(voice)
Karen Harper(voice)
Micah Hauptman(voice)
Jennifer L. Hughes(voice)
Grady Hutt(voice)
Luana Jackman(voice)
Adam Karpel(voice)
Theo Lebow(voice)
Brandon Lucas(voice)
Ricky Lucchese(voice)
James W. Lively(voice)
Sherry Lynn(voice)
Melissa MacKay(voice)
Danny Mann(voice)
Ilana Marks(voice)
Jason MarsdenMungo (voice)
Mickie McGowan(voice)
Donna Medine(voice)
Nils Montan(voice)
Bobbi Page(voice)
Brandon Pollard(voice)
Phil ProctorEnglish Captain / Elephant #1 / Max (voice)
Scott Record(voice)
Michael A. Reagan(voice)
Ian RedfordCornelius (voice)
Jessica Rotter(voice)
Chris Sanders(voice)
Stephanie Sawyer(voice)
Laurie A. Schillinger(voice)
Brianne Brozey(voice)
Frank SimmsKevin (voice)
Susie Stevens-Logan(voice)
Shane Sweet(voice)
Tiffany Takara(voice)
Dominic Thiroux(voice)
Jamie Torcellini(voice)
Erik von DettenFlynt (voice)
Joe WhyteJonathan (voice)
Danielle Keaton(voice)
Phil CollinsNarrator
Darren T. Knaus(voice)
Michael Perl(voice)
Frank WelkerSabor (voice)
April WinchellTerk’s Mother (voice)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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