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Orphaned as a baby, Tarzan is adopted by a family of gorillas and grows up in the jungle as one of their own.

He learns to "surf" and swing through the trees and has fun with his pals Terk the ape and Tantor the elephant. One day a group of humans arrive in the jungle, led by Clayton, along with Commander Porter and his daughter Jane. He and Jane fall in love and he is forced to choose between a life with her and life as he knows it in the jungle with his gorilla family.

88 minutes long.

Release Date

June 18, 1999.

Released on video in 2000.

Cast List

Directed By:
Kevin Lima And Chris Buck

Written By:
Screenplay By Tab Murphy And Bob Tzudiker & Noni White


Two Worlds
You'll Be In My Heart
Son Of Man
Strangers Like Me
Trashin' The Camp
Moves Like An Ape, Looks Like A Man
One Family, Two Worlds Finale

Fun Facts

Based On The Story "Tarzan Of The Apes," By Edgar Rice Burroughs
The world premiere was held at Hollywood's El Capitan Theater on June 12, 1999.
Members of the creative team visited the animal reserves in Kenya, the mountain gorillas in Uganda and the Impenetrable Forest in Bwindi, in March 1996.
The character of Tarzan was designed by animator Glen Keane who took his inspiration from his teenage son who loved skateboarding and watching extreme sports.
Although in this film Clayton is the villain, in the book , it is Tarzan's birth name, John Clayton, Earl of Greystoke.
Tarzan is said to be the second most filmed subject in Hollywood, second only to Dracula.
It won an Academy Award in 1999 for Best Song, "You'll Be In My Heart," Phil Collins. The song also won a Golden Globe in the same year.


Tarzan: I'll be the best ape ever!

Tarzan: No matter where I go, you will always be my mother.
Kala: And you will always be in my heart.

Terk: What kind of animal are you?
Tantor: You know, I've been thinking lately that Tarzan may be some sub-species of elephant.
Terk: Are you kidding... What are you talking about?
Tantor: I mean, think about it. He enjoys a peanut, I enjoy a peanut...
Terk: He looks nothing like you!

Jane Porter: I was saved! I was saved by a flying wild man in a loincloth.




DVD & Soundtrack

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DVD Bonus Features

  • Terk's Tree-Surfing Challenge -- Three All-New Games!
  • DisneyPedia: Living In The Jungle
  • Deleted Scenes Including Alternate Opening
  • Filmmaker's Audio Commentary
  • All-New Music Video Featuring The Wildly Popular Everlife
  • Music Videos Featuring Phil Collins and 'N Sync


An immortal legend. As you've only imagined.


Tarzan learns to speak from the English explorers, but he speaks English with an American accent.
When Kala rescues the baby Tarzan from the cougar, her cheek gets clawed, but later when she is back with the other apes, the claw marks have gone.
Sabor slashes Tarzan's chest when he is fighting with him, but after thet fall to the ground, and Tarzan rises, the slash marks have disappeared.
When he is fighting with Tarzan, Clayton fires three shots from a double-barreled shotgun, without reloading, but that type of gun can only fire two shots in a row.

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