A Very Good Wild Man
Review by Ross Anthony

"Tarzan" swings onto the screen with the power and grace of a charging cheetah. The story of a lost infant in an African jungle is told richly with music (Phil Collins) and colorful images. Kala, a female gorilla finds the human baby and saves him from Sabor, the leopard. "I shall call him Tarzan" she tells her un-approving dominant male, Kerchak. Terk, a young ape retorts, "Tarzan? Okay, it's you're baby."

Tarzan and Terk become best friends as they grow into their teens.

You know the rest, British anthropologists, Professor Porter and daughter Jane, come to observe while their bodyguard, Clayton, upsets the jungle paradise.

Surprisingly, this is an action film! In one amazing scene, Tarzan rescues Jane from an aerial stampede of perturbed baboons. Tarzan not only swings with the greatest of ease, but literally "surfs" the mossy tree trunks that wind like waves high above the jungle. This may just be the fastest paced animated sequence ever produced -- easily rivaling the "Star Wars" pod race in the exciting speed department.

Perhaps its only imperfection, the film puckers out a bit short of the home stretch. But that lull won't stop me from heartily recommending this wild action comedy to kids and adults of all ages. Go see it!

Voices of Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Rosie O'Donnell, and Lance Henriksen.
Directed by Kevin Lima and Chris Buck.
Screenplay by Tab Murphy.
Produced by Bonnie Arnold at Walt Disney.
Rated G.


Copyright © 1999 Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

chili4 special olympians
power5 ra hforh radiop

Last Modified: Saturday, 16-Sep-2006 07:51:42 PDT