DISNEY'S 1999 ANIMATED FILM TARZAN
Tarzan is a 1999 American 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 1912 story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, being the first animated major motion picture version of the story. Directed by Kevin Lima and Chris Buck (in his feature directorial debut) 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 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.
Tarzan premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on June 12, 1999, and was released in the United States on June 16, 1999. It received positive reviews from critics, who praised its voice performances, music, and animation (particularly its action sequences). Against a production budget of $130 million (then the most expensive traditionally animated film ever made until Treasure Planet in 2002), the film grossed $448.2 million worldwide, becoming the fifth highest-grossing film of 1999, the second highest-grossing animated film of 1999 behind Toy Story 2, and the first Disney animated feature to open at first place at the North American box office since Pocahontas (1995). It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song ("You'll Be in My Heart" by Phil Collins). The film has led to many derived works, such as a Broadway adaptation, a television series, and two direct-to-video
follow ups, Tarzan & Jane (2002) and Tarzan II (2005).
In the late 1880s, a British couple and their infant son are shipwrecked off the Congolese coast. The adults build a treehouse but are killed by Sabor, a leopard. Kala, a female gorilla whose child died during a battle with Sabor, finds the human infant and takes him back to the jungle to raise as her own, naming him Tarzan. Kerchak, her mate and the gorilla troop's leader, adamantly opposes, but lets her raise him by all means.
Years later, Tarzan begins to befriend other animals, including Kala’s niece Terk and the paranoid male elephant, Tantor. Tarzan finds himself treated differently because of his different physique, so he makes valiant efforts to improve himself. As an adult, when Sabor arrives on scene, Tarzan manages to kill Sabor with his crafted crude spear, gaining Kerchak's reluctant approval.
Meanwhile, a team of human explorers from England, consisting of Professor Archimedes Q. Porter, his daughter, Jane, and their hunter escort Clayton, are looking to study the gorillas. Jane accidentally becomes separated from the group and is chased by a mandrill troop, until Tarzan saves her out of sheer curiosity. He realizes that she is human, just like he is. Jane leads Tarzan back to their camp, where Porter and Clayton both take interest in him; the former in terms of scientific progress, while the latter hopes to have Tarzan lead the group to the gorillas. Despite Kerchak's warnings to avoid the strangers, Tarzan repeatedly returns to the camp. Porter, Clayton, and Jane teach him how to speak English properly, and tell him what the human world is like. Tarzan and Jane begin to fall in love; however, she has difficulty convincing Tarzan to lead the humans to the gorillas, as Tarzan fears that Kerchak would hurt them.
The explorers' ship soon returns to retrieve them. Jane asks Tarzan to return with them to England, but Tarzan, in turn, asks Jane to stay with him when Jane says it is unlikely that they will ever return. Clayton convinces Tarzan that Jane will stay with him forever as long as he leads them to the gorillas; Tarzan agrees, and leads the trio to the nesting grounds while Terk and Tantor lure Kerchak. Porter and Jane are excited to mingle with the gorillas, but Kerchak returns and attacks the humans on sight. Tarzan restrains Kerchak while the humans escape; afterwards, Kerchak coldly accuses Tarzan of disobeying him and betraying his family, causing Tarzan to flee in shame. Kala takes Tarzan to the treehouse where she found him, reveals his true past, and says that she wants him to be happy whatever he decides. Tarzan puts on his late father's suit, signifying his decision to go to England.
When Tarzan boards the ship with Jane and Porter the next day, they are ambushed by Clayton and his traitorous band of stowaway thugs. Clayton reveals his plans to capture and sell the gorillas for a fortune, knowing that he knows where the nesting grounds are, and imprisons Tarzan, Jane, and Porter to prevent them from interfering. Tarzan manages to escape with the help of Terk and Tantor, and he returns to the jungle, rallying the animals to come to the aid of the gorillas and scare off the thugs. Clayton then mortally wounds Kerchak and battles Tarzan across the treetops. Although Tarzan spares Clayton's life and breaks his rifle, Clayton tries to kill him with his machete. Their battle comes to a cluster of vines, and Clayton tries to cut free when a vine is tangled around his neck, hanging him to death. Kerchak, with his dying breath, finally accepts Tarzan as his foster son, and names him the leader of the gorilla troop before dying peacefully.
The next day, Porter and Jane prepare to leave on the ship while Tarzan stays behind with the gorillas. As the ship leaves shore, Porter encourages his daughter to stay with the man she loves, and Jane jumps overboard to return to shore; Porter shortly follows her. The Porters reunite with Tarzan and his family, and embark on their new life together.
the giant Bulldog ant, lives in Herstmonceux, Sussex, at Tarzan's Lodge.
He is friendly, except towards unscrupulous developers, who want to
spoil our heritage for financial gain. Anthony is a conservationist who
opposes the build of housing that is unsustainable cost wise, or causes
climate change. All contributions from use of Tarzan's lodge, goes to
the upkeep of the historic generating station just outside the Herstmonceux
HELLO TO ANTHONY
the balcony of Tarzan's Sussex
Lodge, is a giant model of an
Australian Bulldog Ant, made by a local artist at 300 times full size,
from sycamore and other woods cut on site and recycled materials. Shades of Marvel's
Ant Man, or Jules
Island. Make a small one yourself, to take home, if you feel
creative. This sculpture is over 10 feet long, including the antennae.
We'd suggest making something a little smaller. Say 5-10 inches
ENGLAND - TARZAN'S LODGE
Sussex, England, the Tarzan experience is located just 400 yards south of the
village of Herstmonceux, adjacent to the earliest surviving wooden Generating Station C. 1890
in the world. In this location you can actually live like Tarzan, on a getaway weekend and find your way back to
nature up in the trees, while you explore the Sussex
wilds. Within easy walking distance of Herstmonceux, Windmill
Hill and Herstmonceux
Castle. Great for children, young and old.
BUILDINGS - The
use of wood for construction is a sustainable practice, provided that
the timber being
used comes from a responsibly managed source -
meaning we should plant more trees - and build more houses of
Lodge in Sussex is not