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->''"Come stop your crying, it'll be alright;''\\
''just take my hand, hold it tight.''\\
''I will protect you from all around you;''\\
''I will be here - don't you cry."''

'''''Tarzan''''', released in 1999, is the 37th film in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'' series, it stars Creator/TonyGoldwyn as the eponymous hero, Creator/MinnieDriver as his LoveInterest Jane, and Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}} as the antagonist, Clayton.

The film opens in the late 1880s, with a couple and their infant son ending up in DarkestAfrica after a shipwreck. Later, Kala, a gorilla whose infant son was killed by a leopard, Sabor, hears a baby cry in an abandoned treehouse. As she enters, she sees blood covered paw prints and the dead parents; also the predator's victims. Action ensues and Kala saves the boy from Sabor. Her mate, Kerchak, the dominant male of the gorilla band, despises the human for his appearance, but Kala raises him anyway, naming him "Tarzan".

Tarzan grows up to become a strong gorilla-like man, whose best friends are [[ThoseTwoGuys a tomboy female gorilla and a neurotic elephant]] (Rosie O'Donnell and Wayne Knight). One day, Sabor attacks the gorillas and is defeated by Tarzan, which earns him some respect from Kerchak. But then a British expedition team that came to study gorillas appears, led by Professor Archimedes Q. Porter. His daughter Jane is attacked by baboons, surviving only after being rescued by Tarzan. Now Tarzan must decide where he belongs - and also prevent the [[EgomaniacHunter trigger-happy hunter guide]] Clayton from ruining everything...

The film was very successful, outgrossing its predecessors ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' and ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', and won an Academy Award for Best Song (PhilCollins' "You'll Be In My Heart"). It was the last Disney blockbuster until ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' 3 years later. The story was continued by [[RecycledTheSeries an animated series]], ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'', and two direct-to-video sequels, a compilation film called ''Tarzan & Jane'' and an {{Interquel}} called ''Tarzan II''.
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!!Tropes present in this film include:
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: When Kala takes Tarzan to his parents' treehouse.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Kerchak was a villain in the book. Here, while he disapproves of Tarzan, he is actually a benevolent leader of the gorillas.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Clayton. In the novels, he is Tarzan's cousin who inherits the title after Tarzan's parents are presumed dead. His worst fault is that he is not quite as brave or capable as Tarzan. Otherwise, he is a perfectly nice English gentleman, who is willing to sacrifice his life to save Jane.
* AdaptationDistillation: In the film, Tarzan is raised by gorillas. In the books, he is raised by "Mangani", some kind of ill-defined, made-up FrazettaMan while gorillas are AlwaysChaoticEvil [[KillerGorilla Killer Gorillas]]. Disney presumably changed this to reflect how [[ScienceMarchesOn science has marched on]] since the days of Burroughs, revealing gorillas to be [[GentleGiant Gentle Giants]].
** In a non-zoology-related example, the books are filled with serial-style adventures with sci-fi and fantasy elements. The movie strips it down to keep focus on Tarzan's identity crisis and his relationship with Jane.
*** Some of these elements (notably the sorceress La and the dinosaur world Pellucidar) made it into [[TheLegendOfTarzan the spin-off series]].
* AdaptationSpeciesChange:
** Sabor was a lioness, but here, she was changed to a leopardess.
** Also, the apes Tarzan lived with weren't gorillas, but a fictional species of ape called mangani.
** In the original books, Tarzan has a monkey sidekick named Nkima, but in the classic films and live action TV show he has a chimp sidekick named Cheeta. Here, he has two sidekicks: Terk, a gorilla and Tantor, an elephant.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Tarzan as a kid.
* {{Adorkable}}: Jane.
* AdultFear: When Kerchak and Kala are asleep, their baby runs off just long enough for a predator to kill him.
** Kala finds baby Tarzan alone, in a house that was obviously attacked. Not long after, she has to save him from the leopard.
** The piranha scene, while really funny, also gets into this. Tantor's mother loses track of him when the elephants are freaking out over the "piranha", and in the ensuing stampede, Kerchak has to save a baby gorilla from being trampled to death.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: The infant who would become Tarzan gets his hair ruffled by his human father after the baby points out a perfect tree in which to build their new home.
* AnachronismStew: Very mild case of mixing Victorian elements, but the Porters tell Tarzan that on returning to England he will be a celebrity who everyone from CharlesDarwin to Creator/RudyardKipling will want to meet. However, Kipling did not publish his first collection of poems until 1886, four years after Darwin's death in 1882.
** Aside from the Kipling reference, however, the elements are remarkably consistent; the penny-farthing bike, the transition from wooden ship at the beginning to steamship, the magic-lantern technology, and most tellingly the comet pin the date of the main story down to 1882.
* AnimalTalk
* ArtisticLicenseBiology:
** Tarzan's often able to win over others' sympathy through his eyes, including the gorillas. In reality, gorillas do not like shared eye contact, perceiving it as a challenge. Locking eyes with one of them is ''demanding'' for a fight.
** Also, a human walking on his knuckles as Tarzan does would be extremely painful, and cause severe damage to the bones in the hands. Gorillas get away with this due to thicker knuckle bones and arms longer than their legs, unlike humans. As he's spent most of his life walking on all fours, Tarzan's pretty fortunate that his back isn't wrecked as well.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat:
-->'''Jane''': Put me down! Put me down!
--> ''Sees baboons coming closer.''
-->'''Jane''': Pick me up! Pick me up! Pick me uuuuuup!"
** Later on, said by Clayton: "Get up, get up! ... Don't get up."
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Kerchak and Kala often bicker onscreen, but they do have their moments that show that they genuinely care for each other. Kerchak, for example, is visibly relieved when Kala returns from collecting Tarzan... then thumps his chest and roars angrily when she says she is keeping Tarzan... then gives in, but tells her Tarzan won't replace their son.
** Later in the movie when all the Gorillas are [[spoiler: imprisoned by Clayton]], it is only when Kala is [[spoiler: thrown in a cage]] that makes Kerchak utterly flip and tear the net imprisoning him to shreds.
* BattleStrip: As Tarzan swings to the rescue of [[spoiler: Kerchak and the other gorillas from Clayton and his men]], we're treated to a shot of him stripping off his shirt mid swing and leaving it on a log behind him. By the time he arrives at his destination, he's back in the loincloth. We never see [[ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction what happens to his pants]]. However, given that he wears them in the series that follows this film, we can assume he later retrieved them.
* BerserkButton: After Tarzan comes home and is shot - and Kala is only just missed by the bullet - Kerchak goes into one humongous rage.
* BigBad: Clayton.
* BigDamnHeroes: Tarzan gets to lead one, swinging in yelling at the last second, but that's par for the course.
* BilingualDialogue: Implied to be the case with the elephants and the gorillas/Tarzan. We generally only hear them talking to each other in TranslationConvention, but when Tantor rescues Tarzan, he greets him with a trademark elephant trumpet that seems to be intended to mean something beyond, well, just being an elephant trumpet.
* BloodlessCarnage: Even when characters get ''shot''.
** Averted when Sabor leaves a visible claw wound on Tarzan during their fight. [[HollywoodHealing It seems to disappear pretty quickly]], but still.
*** In the beginning of the movie, when Kala enters the cabin, you can see bloody leopard footprints that lead to the (presumably partially-consumed) bodies of Tarzan's parents.
* BodyHorror: If you look closely enough, you can see that the hand of Tarzan's mother is gone, meaning that Sabor probably ate it, or at least ripped it off.
* BottomlessMagazines: Clayton gets several shots in a row from a double barreled shotgun.
* BrainyBrunette: Jane.
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: Between Tarzan and his whole clan.
* BrickJoke: One of the educational slides inspires Tarzan to present Jane with flowers, and later when he tries to give her the flowers he kneels in the exact same pose as the man in the slide, and in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it gag he almost forgets to put his hand over his chest.
* BringItBackAlive: Clayton aims to do this with Tarzan's gorilla family. [[spoiler: Aside from Kerchak, who he decides he'd rather prefer "stuffed."]]
* BuildingSwing: Tarzan uses his VineSwing skills on a boat too.
* CallingTheOldManOut: It's {{downplayed|Trope}}, but when Kerchak is telling the troop to stay away from the humans, Tarzan, whom Kerchak has shunned all his life for being different, runs up to him, takes a fighting pose, and shouts, "Why are you so threatened by anyone different from you?!"
* TheCameo: [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Mrs Potts and Chip]] show up in the human's camp.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Tarzan's famous call.
* CatsAreMean: Sabor...
* TheCavalry: In the form of Tantor of all creatures, along with Terk riding him, jump off a cliff, swim up to a boat filled with Mooks, and pull off quite the BigDamnHeroes moment to save Tarzan.
* ChasingAButterfly: In the opening scene, Kala and Kerchak's baby follows a frog, which leads him to Sabor the leopard.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Tarzan teaches Jane a phrase in the gorilla language, and at the end of the movie, she repeats the phrase to the gorilla tribe. The phrase was "Jane will stay with Tarzan." (pronounced as "oh ee eh ah oo")
** Tarzan's ability to imitate the sound of a rifle with his mouth - he uses it to intimidate Clayton.
* CompositeCharacter: Kerchak. He's still the leader, but this version has more in common with Tublat (who was Kala's mate, didn't care much for Tarzan). He was also much more benign than both Kerchak (who was dangerous, especially during bouts of madness) and Tublat (who was at least a very 'disagreeable' fellow who no one missed when Tarzan killed him) from the novel.
** The character ''named'' Tublat, on the other hand...
* ConspicuousCG: Much of the scenery, though it's integrated well thanks to the revolutionary "Deep Canvas" process.
* CubCuesProtectiveParent: Jane encounters a cute little baby baboon which steals her journal. After Jane steals it back, the baby baboon starts crying, calling the attention of its mother and the rest of its family.
* CueTheRain: When Jane is alone in the jungle.
-->'''Jane''': [[TemptingFate It can't get any worse, can it?]]
--> ''Thunder clashes, rain begins.''
-->'''Jane''': Obviously, it can.
* CutSong: A few songs cut from the film were actually demo versions of the songs that later appeared in the film. One notable mention goes towards [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrMMW9H1QoU 6/8 Intro]] which was actually Phil Collins' proposition as to how the music in the film should sound. Another one is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-fFMqsPRh8 I Will Follow]] which served as a precursor to Strangers Like Me, but it sounds more like Tarzan is trying to make Jane feel happy.
* DaddysGirl: Jane and her father are very close.
* DamselInDistress: Jane at first. She's [[TropesAreNotBad an example of that trope played right]]. She doesn't need to be saved because she's dumb or particularly weak, but because she's a FishOutOfWater in a very dangerous environment in a time period when women weren't prepared by society for such situations.
* DarkIsNotEvil / LightIsNotGood: As explained in the directors' commentary, for the jungle scenes the usual symbolism is intentionally inverted--shadows represent shelter, thus safety, and light represents exposure, thus danger. Pay particular attention during the fight between Tarzan and Sabor.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Sabor would likely qualify for this. Though she's not related to Clayton in any way, she had still been a threat to the gorillas and defeating her helps Tarzan begin to gain Kerchak's respect.
* {{Disneyfication}}: The original novels were much more violent, as well as xenocentric and overtly racist, all of which had to be slashed for the animated film. Also, in the novel, it was the much-more-savage Kerchak who was responsible for the deaths of Kala's infant and Tarzan's father, John Clayton Sr. (as Tarzan's mother, Alice Rutherford Clayton, died of natural causes). One of the few examples of a work being improved by this trope.
** In the novel, ''William'' Clayton (portrayed as a villain in the film) is [[OneDegreeOfSeparation Tarzan's cousin]] and Jane's fiancÚ, and Tarzan's real name is ''John Clayton Jr.''! That film is still creepy.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath And a very painful one]], [[ShadowDiscretionShot even if shadowed]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: Jane is nearly killed by a troop of baboons, apparently because she [[spoiler:refused to give a drawing to a baby baboon]].
* EgomaniacHunter: Clayton, who provides the trope picture.
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: [[YouNoTakeCandle Tarzan not speak good English]], since he's just now learning it, but in scenes where it's just Tarzan and the apes, he's shown to be a perfectly eloquent speaker of the ape language. He's even considered something of a notorious DeadpanSnarker, but hanging around Terk will do that to a guy.
** Not just the ape language, but the language of ''[[{{Omniglot}} nearly every creature in the jungle]]''. [[GeniusBruiser No wonder he picks up English so quickly]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Refreshingly averted somewhat.
** As Tarzan in the novels and possibly Disney World is a Lord, making Jane by marriage a 'Lady' in title. Even if he isn't a lord in the Disney World, Jane is still a lady as Tarzan is "Lord of the Jungle".
* FallingInLoveMontage: "Strangers Like Me".
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath:
** Kerchak and Kala's infant son is a little too energetic and curious for his own good when he chases a frog while his parents sleep, and he runs into the leopard Sabor. Sabor pounces on him and the movie cuts to his devastated parents' reaction when he shrieks as Sabor ''kills and devours him.''
** We see the mother ape happen upon the treehouse Tarzan's family built. She goes in curiously and we find it a bit too quiet. She soon see why, the place has been trashed and the bodies of Tarzan's family are seen next to a set of bloodied pawprints on the floor.
** [[spoiler:Clayton get tangled up in a cluster of vines high in the trees, and then proceeds to cut his way out of them, all the while the vines are tightening around his neck. Unfortunately for him, he cuts one too many vines and falls to his death. While the film does cut to a GoryDiscretionShot, lightning flashes and we can see Clayton's hanging silhouette on a nearby tree.]] No wonder why it's the most disturbing death seen in any animated Disney film!
* FishOutOfWater: Jane.
* FlowersOfRomance: Tarzan watches a slideshow which includes an image of a man giving flowers to a woman. He puts together that this is how the English propose to each other, so he goes about the jungle collecting flowers to make a bouquet for Jane. He accidentally bumps into her in the process, bursting the bouquet apart and leaving him with only two flowers, which oddly makes his request for Jane to stay ''even sadder''.
* GeniusBruiser: Tarzan. From an early age you can see that he's pretty smart, learning several animal languages, though at first that seems just like his increased mental capacity compared to the apes. Then he starts to show basic engineering capabilities, building spears, umbrellas, and various other useful things. Then, when Jane and the others arrive, he learns English extremely fast, and is a voracious reader. But he can also [[spoiler:[[{{Badass}} kill leopards by himself]].]]
** Also more blatant when you consider that Tarzan first met Jane by picking up her entire body (by her clothing) with one arm while swinging from a vine. [[spoiler:Or actually wrestling a male silverback into submission with his bare hands. MusclesAreMeaningless.]]
*** Considering he's been wrestling with gorillas and elephants and leopards his entire life, his muscles are probably extremely well adapted to that sort of thing.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Jane almost falls off a tree, Tarzan props her up by poking her in the chest, and shortly afterwards presses his head between her breasts to listen to her heartbeat.
* GilliganCut: When Tarzan tries to get Terk and Tantor to distract Kerchak:
-->'''Terk:''' Okay! But don't [[TemptingFate make me do anything embarrassing...]]\\
''(Cut to Terk bursting out of the undergrowth in Jane's poofy yellow dress)''\\
'''Terk:''' '''''[[IllKillYou I'M GONNA KILL HIIIIIIIIIIM!!!!!]]'''''
* GoryDiscretionShot: The deaths of Tarzan's birth parents take place offscreen. You also don't actually see Kala and Kerchak's baby being eaten by Sabor.
* GrayRainOfDepression: [[spoiler:When Kerchak dies.]]
* GrindBoots: With his bare feet! You can tell they were going for sliding on the moist tree moss, but nobody's buying it.
* HandyFeet: Tarzan has them, taking the idea of being raised by apes to its logical conclusion by having him grasp things with his feet.
* HappilyAdopted: Tarzan. Invoked after Kala shows Tarzan the treehouse where he was found.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The baboons that caused Jane and Tarzan so much trouble are part of the horde of animals that come to help him fight Clayton and rescue the gorillas.]]
* HeldGaze: This trope happens between Tarzan and Jane when he first meets the girl, and they stare into each other's eyes in wonder.
* HesDeadJim: After [[spoiler:Kerchak's]] last words to Tarzan, we get a SlowMotion shot of [[spoiler:his]] arm falling to the ground.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Clayton brings about his own demise when, after being caught and suspended in some vines, he sinks into a VillainousBreakdown and starts mindlessly hacking away at them to get to Tarzan. [[spoiler: He doesn't notice the one wrapped around his neck until it's too late]].
* HulkSpeak: Tarzan. He mostly grows out of it by the end.
* IChooseToStay: "Jane stays with Tarzan."
* IHaveNoSon: Kerchak's attitude towards Tarzan throughout the film. [[spoiler:He finally accepts him as he dies.]]
* ImprobableAge: Tarzan's age is hard to pin down. As an adult, he is likely in his twenties.
* InfantImmortality: Averted with Kerchak and Kala's first child.
* InformedAttribute: If she hadn't been referred to as a "young lady" once or twice, most people would probably think Terk was male.
* InkSuitActor: Jane bears more than a passing resemblance to her voice actress, Creator/MinnieDriver.
* {{Irony}}: While exploring the Porters' camp, Terk passes by a chemistry set and wonders what kind of primitive beasts are responsible for the mess.
* ItsPersonal: Subverted; Tarzan doesn't know that Sabor killed his parents (or Kerchak and Kala's son), so the fight between the two has more meaning than he realizes.
* KarmicDeath: Clayton.
* KillerGorilla: Unlike the book it is based on, the movie averts this trope. The only character who shows signs of it is Kerchak, with his PapaWolf tendencies.
* LargeHam: Terk, and arguably young Tantor. Oddly enough, ''not'' Clayton despite being voiced by {{BRIAN BLESSED}}, as his animation was more over-the-top than his voice acting.
* LaserGuidedKarma: It took twenty years, but Tarzan is ultimately the one to bring down the one responsible for his parents' deaths. And, again, he's not even aware of that significance; he only killed Sabor because she was threatening his ''adoptive'' parents.
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: Within the greater context of the DisneyRenaissance. The most obvious departure from the old 90's formula was the fact that virtually all the music was sung in the background, as opposed to being sung by the characters (bar a few measures of "You'll Be in My Heart" sung by Kala near the beginning).
* LeParkour: Tarzan takes this to [[JustForPun new heights]], especially with his "tree-surfing".
* LettingHerHairDown: Jane starts out [[PrimAndProperBun with her hair up]], but in scenes where she bonds with Tarzan and the gorillas she lets her hair down.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''Disney's Tarzan'' on {{Nintendo 64}} came with a Tarzan figurine.
* LoinCloth: Tarzan's outfit.
* LostInTranslation: The poetry of the song "Son of Man" relies on ''man'' being both a term for humankind in general as well as literally for a grown male adult; the former references Tarzan's species, the latter his coming of age. Many other languages don't have this kind of ambiguity, so they had to go in either one direction or the other, eliminating some of the poetry of the song.
* ManiacMonkeys: The baboons are rather hostile.
* ManipulativeBastard: Clayton.
* MatchCut
* MightyWhitey ... or maybe more like Mighty Human.
* MischiefMakingMonkey: The baby baboon that steals Jane's drawings.
* MisplacedWildlife: Averted and parodied: the movie replaces the lions and tiger[[note]]tigers are only found in Asia, and while lions ''do'' live in Africa, they stick to the open savannah, not the jungle[[/note]] in the book with a leopard, and when young Tantor says the river has piranha, another elephant quickly remarks they live in South America.
** ''Mostly'' averted. A couple of ring-tailed lemurs, exclusive to Madagascar (where there are no gorillas), show up near the start.
** The licensed game based on the movie actually features piranhas as a water-based enemy on one of the later levels. Made all the more [[{{Egregious}} egregious]] by the fact that the elephants' "there are no piranhas in Africa" conversation is actually included in the game, as a cutscene.
* MissingMom: Archimedes references her once while Jane is excitedly recapping her swing through the trees with Tarzan while chased by raging babboons.
-->'''Archimedes:''' she gets that from her mother. She would come up with stories like this. No gorillas, of course.
* MrFanservice: Tarzan, who can seamlessly cross from being undeniably badass to just plain adorable whenever he's with Jane. [[WalkingShirtlessScene His choice]] [[{{Stripperific}} of wardrobe]] also helps too.
** MsFanservice: Some of Jane's outfits. [[BareYourMidriff Particularly at the end of the movie]].
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Tarzan has an extremely toned athletic build... [[spoiler:Yet he's able to wrestle Kerchak, a male silverback with forearms thicker than Tarzan's torso.]]
** It makes sense, in a way, if you think about it. He ''grew up'' with them. He probably learned how to overcome [[spoiler:Kerchak (and any other silverback)]] just by doing what he always does. Observing and copying.
** Tarzan's legs (particularly his thighs) are drawn much heftier than the rest of his body though, signifying how much he uses him with all of his running and jumping. It doesn't justify his super-strength but it makes his abilities a little more believable.
** Also [[spoiler:he wasn't just wrestling Kerchak, he was ''strangling'' him, which presumably put a bit of a damper on his ability to fight, or do much of anything, really.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tarzan after he puts Kerchak in a headlock.
* MythologyGag: In the books, "Tantor" is a term for elephants in general.
** Jane's sketch of Tarzan is titled "Tarzan of the Apes", which is the title of the first Tarzan novel.
** Tarzan fighting Sabor out of sight and slowly lifting her corpse into sight is directly taken from ''Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes'', where Tarzan fights and kills an ape underwater. That movie's Tarzan also appears to be an influence on the Disney version's design.
** Tarzan smashing Clayton's gun is a throwback to the old Johnny Weissmuller films, where Tarzan developed a habit of smashing stranger's guns on sight after seeing several of his friends shot (and been shot at himself).
* TheNativeRival: Kerchak
* NatureVersusNurture: A ''big'' part of the conflict, probably the main one, revolves around Tarzan's struggle to decide whether he belongs with those who raised him and who he's been friends with his whole life, or with the creatures who look like him, think like him, and whom he came from.
* NeckSnap: How [[spoiler: Clayton]] dies, when a vine wraps around his neck and he plummets from a tree. The vine snags during the drop and..well, you imagine the rest.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Tarzan shows Clayton where the gorillas are when he brings Jane to meet his family.
* NoodleIncident: Clayton apparently taught a parrot to sing "God Save the Queen."
* NotNowKiddo
* NubileSavage: Tarzan, although his hair hangs in messy dreadlocks from lack of haircuts and no combing.
* NurtureOverNature: Tarzan's ultimate decision.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Done realistically. Jane sneaks away but is only just around the other side of the tree.
* OhCrap: The look on Clayton's face is quite understandable when Kerchak charges at him.
** The expression on the face of the nameless hunter is quite funny when he has Jane imprisoned in a corner; he's smug at having won... then there's a serious OH CRAP! expression when a ''whole freaking troop of baboons - one of whom is armed'' with an umbrella - '' charges at him.''
* PaleFemalesDarkMales: Kerchak is black, Kala is brown, the rest of the gorillas are different shades of grey.
* ThePatriarch: Kerchak, so much.
* PapaWolf: Kerchak, to his troop, and at the end, to Tarzan.
* ParentalLoveSong: "You'll Be in My Heart". Kala sings it to Tarzan, promising that she'll care for him and he will "be in [her] heart always."
* PopStarComposer: Music/PhilCollins. Notably, most foreign versions (that Phil Collins didn't sing himself[[note]]He also sang the German, Spanish, French and Italian dubs[[/note]]), got a major pop star to sing the dubs; Hesham Nour in the Arabic version, Pella Ankarberg in the Swedish version, and Alex Panayi in the Greek version, just to name a few.
* PrimalChestPound: Kerchak thumps his chest angrily when Kala tells him he wants to adopt Tarzan, and later when he menaces Jane. Tarzan also does this in the closing scene.
* PuppyDogEyes: Tarzan uses this technique on Terk, who {{lampshades}} it.
* PuttingAHandOverHisMouth: A villain does this to Jane, who quickly bites it.
* [[RaisedByWolves Raised By Gorillas]]
* ARealManIsAKiller: Clayton taunts Tarzan with this.
** And Tarzan gets a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he refuses and shatters the gun, shouting "[[ShutUpHannibal Not a man like you!]]"
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Tarzan's ability to pick up English so fast can be attributed to his ability to mimic animal noises, which also allows him to have many jungle friends and [[ChekhovsGun imitate gunshots]] (although, given that he doesn't need to make elephant noises at Tantor, obviously it's not just gorillas that speak "gorilla").
* RuleOfAnimationConservation: The reason for Tarzan's knuckle walking, tree surfing and other acrobatics. They wanted to have Tarzan do things a normal human actor simply couldn't do. Being animated also makes it much easier to show Tarzan having a legitimate bond with his adoptive family.
* RuleOfCool: The guy is ''surfing'' down giant vines. Either he has really smooth feet, or the vines are greased. Otherwise, there is a going to be a [[ArtisticLicensePhysics lot of friction]].
** It becomes FridgeBrilliance when you realize that the branches and vines are covered in very slick moss.
** Friction actually does come into play for a few moments during the escape from the baboons. You can actually see Tarzan's hand start to ''glow'' from how red it's turning.
* SaveTheVillain: Well, he ''tried'' anyway...
* SceneryPorn: The jungle is animated ''beautifully''.
* SerendipitousSymphony: The "Trashing the Camp" sequence.
* ShoutOut: In a sense. Evidently Tarzan's "tree surfing" was inspired by the antics of skateboard legend Tony Hawk.
** According to the DVD and a trailer on the ''{{Mulan}}'' VHS, Glen Keane was first inspired from his son's skateboarding, actually.
** There are arguably a couple of quotes referencing past Disney films as well:
** Upon seeing the human camp for the first time:
-->'''Tantor:''' [[Film/ApocalypseNow The horror!]]
** During the start of the "Trashin' The Camp" sequence, as Tantor is frightened by every single object in the Porter camp, the object that scares him the most is a tea kettle and cup that bear a striking similarity to [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Mrs. Potts and her son.]]
*** Terk dances with a white skeleton in similar fashion and design to the classic Disney short ''TheSkeletonDance''.
** Another from ''Beauty and the Beast'':
--->'''Kerchak:''' You came back!\\
'''Tarzan:''' I came home.
*** A more subtle one is [[spoiler:Kerchak's death.]] It almost completely mirrors Beast's.
** What about the ''Literature/DickAndJane'' book?
* SignatureRoar: Tarzan's signature yell.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101119072850/disney/images/f/fc/Tarzan_s_Biological_Parents_by_Mizkex.jpg Tarzan's mom.]]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Does better than other Disney Renaissance Movies. Jane is Tarzan's prominent love interest. His mother Kala plays a big role in the story and his best friend Terk is also female (though voiced by Rosie O'Donnell leading to some ViewerGenderConfusion). WordOfGod confirms that Sabor the leopard is female too.
* StrayingBaby: Kerchak and Kala's baby [[ChasingAButterfly chases after a frog while his parents are asleep]]. This ends with the [[AdultFear worst outcome possible]]; getting eaten by Sabor the leopard.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Jane wears less and less clothes as the movie goes on. At the very end, her outfit would have been considered [[BareYourMidriff obscene]] for the period.
** Tarzan wears nothing but a LoinCloth in the majority of the movie.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Without the mustache, Tarzan's father looks identical to his son.
* SuperPersistentPredator: Sabor. A leopard whose seemingly easy prey is suddenly defended by an adult gorilla would probably be better off seeking other prey.
* TakeCareOfTheKids: Kerchak tells Tarzan to take care of his troop at the end of the film.
* TemptingFate: See CueTheRain for one example.
* TimeSkip: Once from baby Tarzan to kid Tarzan, and then kid Tarzan to adult Tarzan. Both happen near a musical number, too - the first is immediately after "You'll Be In My Heart" and the second is during "Son Of Man".
* TranslationByVolume: Clayton tries to get Tarzan to understand the world "gorilla" by shouting it at him. Tarzan, of course, mimics him.
-->'''Clayton:''' ''GO-RIL-LAS!''
-->'''Tarzan:''' ''GO-RIL-LAS!''
* TranslationConvention: Around the animals, obviously.
* {{Tsundere}}: Terk.
** Also Jane. Just watch her reactions from when Tarzan is realizing there are other creatures like him and the way they interact during "Strangers Like Me".
* VineSwing: Tarzan often does this; for example, when he rescues Jane from the baboons.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Tarzan. Walking pant-less, too.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Tarzan is constantly seeking the approval of Kerchak, who refuses to accept Tarzan as a member of the gorilla troop, much less as his adopted son. That all changes when Tarzan [[BigDamnHeroes comes back to save them]]. Sadly, it doesn't last that long, as [[spoiler:Kerchak receives a fatal bullet wound from Clayton. After Clayton's death, Tarzan kneels over Kerchak, who passes on leadership of the troop to Tarzan and acknowledges Tarzan as his son [[FamousLastWords with his last words]].]]
* WhatTheHellHero: "''Why didn't you tell me there were creatures who look like me?''"
* WildChild: [[CaptainObvious The title character]].
* YouAndWhatArmy: Tarzan may have been a pest as a child, but a baboon troop, a whole herd of elephants, a whole troop of gorillas - once freed, at least - and a freaking ''rhino and hippo'' ally with him to stop Clayton and the hunters.
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