Thursday, September 01, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Tarzan (1999)

The movie is about the life of Tarzan. Tarzan was a small orphan who was raised by an ape named Kala since he was a child. He believed that this was his family, but on an expedition Jane Porter is rescued by Tarzan. He then finds out that he's human. Now Tarzan must make the decision as to which family he should belong to... [imdb]
Okay, let me start by saying that I've always been one to complain about the use of ballads and artists like Phil Collins as music in the slew of 90's-era Disney films... but after watching Tarzan, I have to admit that it was a pretty nice fit.  I will still complain about the lyrics to all the various songs descriptively matching exactly what's happening on the screen, which is kind-of a no-no when it comes to making music for movies.  That, and it's rather annoying to anyone who pays attention to the lyrics as well as the action on screen.  I don't need musical narration explaining that people (well, a person and an ape) are holding hands.  I can see it for myself.

That all being said, Tarzan is actually a rather good movie.  I quite enjoyed it this time around and found myself thinking it one of the better in the canon.  It comes very close to Jungle Book meets The Lion King, but consciously staying enough away from both of those films to remain unique.  The story is good, especially after seeing some of the ideas that were left undone, and the animation is lovely.

I wish I had the 2-disc set that came out at some point along the way, but I only have a single-disc edition that apparently is lacking a few behind-the-scenes featurettes.  The commentary track helped make up for that a bit, but I look forward to any future blu-ray release for more special features.

I forced myself to sit through 3 Phil Collins music videos, one with N*Sync... and another music video of some all-girl pop group singing a song from the film "live" although I spent much of the time wondering where the drum sounds were coming from if there was no drummer on stage.  Ah well, it's Disney...

Tarzan's another movie I think anyone should give another chance, if they find themselves with bad memories of it... It's oddly simple, but obviously not thrown together.