Awesome / Tarzan

The Disney film:

  • Tantor hears Tarzan's cry for help, and Terk ignores it. After spending the entire movie afraid of everything, he grabs Terk and takes an instant level in badass.
    Tantor: Thaaaaaaaaaat's it! I'VE HAD IT WITH YOU AND YOUR EMOTIONAL CONSTIPATION! TARZAN NEEDS US, AND WE'RE GONNA HELP HIM! YA GOT THAT?! Now pipe down, and hold on tight! We got a boat to catch.
    • He then climbs onto the ocean liner and single-handedly beats up Clayton's crew. There's a very good reason why you don't mess with an enraged elephant.
  • There's also the first time Tarzan REALLY does his signature yell after killing Sabor.
    • Just the fight in general. It is incredibly satisfying to watch Tarzan take down the monstrous cat that murdered his birth parents.
  • Tarzan rescuing Jane from the baboons is one long crowning moment of awesome. Doubles as a crowning moment of funny.
  • Jane gets one, too, when she swings around to knock out one of the men holding Kala's cage.
  • Tarzan in the climax of the film threatening Clayton with his own gun and then refusing to shoot him!
    Clayton: Go ahead, shoot me. [Tarzan hesitates, Clayton chuckles] Be a man.
    [Tarzan pushes the gun against Clayton's throat and (perfectly) imitates a gunshot]
    Tarzan: Not a man like YOU! [breaks the gun]
    • The look he gives immediately afterward along with the score's Sting really finalizes the CMOA.
  • Tarzan's (unnamed) parents. After being shipwrecked and washed up in a trackless jungle with their infant son, they decide to not moan or bitch about it and instead make a tree house that we all wish we could have built as kids. Tarzan's mother is actually helping the father with the heavy lifting instead of just doing the 'woman's' work. Keep in mind that all of this is taking place in the nineteenth century .
    • Hell, "Two Worlds" in general is awesome.
  • "Son of Man" was just awesome! Tarzan growing up, becoming a man, swinging from vines and surfing down trees! He even climbs a freakin' waterfall!
    • Hell, the tree surfing in general. Who doesn't wish they could do that?!
    • "Son of Man" starts when little Tarzan vows to become the best ape ever. The first shot is of him failing to keep up with the gorillas without help. At the end, he's outpacing them thanks to his badass swinging and parkour skills. That's awesome stuff right there.
    • It's also where Tarzan stops trying to be exactly like the other gorillas, which he very clearly isn't, and starts thinking and acting more like a human — making weapons, swimming, fighting with wits and agility as opposed to brute strength, using his natural human agility to swing, tree surf and do parkour. He finally starts to get familiar with the second half of "ape-man."
  • In "Strangers Like Me", Tarzan riding through the trees on a bicycle.
  • "Two Worlds" reprise, specifically in the end when Jane and Tarzan swing out to the ledge, zoom out to see them and the beautiful jungle scenery, with Tarzan letting out his famous Tarzan cry!
    • Going on from that, there's the sheer fact that Jane can keep up the vine surfing and the swinging with Tarzan; he's been doing this for most of his life, while she's been a sheltered Victorian girl for most of hers.
      • Even if Tarzan was taking it easy, it was still impressive on her part.
  • How about Kala fending off Sabor while protecting baby Tarzan? She's more badass than Kerchak!
    • And she knows it too. When Kerchak goes slightly berserk against her (for defying him about getting rid of baby Tarzan), she not only doesn't move, she gives him a Death Glare. Kerchak doesn't back down easily; but in the end, his beloved Kala gets her way.
    • And when they get away, Kala goes the extra mile to snarl at Sabor, showing that if that cat did anything again, she'd take her on. Mama Bear? Try Mama Gorilla!
  • Tarzan vs. Kerchak. To clarify, Kerchak is a silverback gorilla, capable of tearing a human being in half with about as much effort as you'd peel an orange. He is furthermore, at the moment, supremely pissed off. What does Tarzan do? HE PUTS KERCHAK IN A HEADLOCK AND WRESTLES HIM INTO SUBMISSION. This needs to be repeated: Tarzan (human) beats Kerchak (angry Silverback Gorilla).
  • Kerchak deserves some recognition. Although he's an obstacle to Tarzan and Kala alike, he repeatedly shows remarkable speed, skill and (by ape standards) intelligence... always in the service of his family.
  • The Baboons unleashing a whole army's worth of shit on one unsuspecting mook.
    • Hell - the entire fucking jungle unleashing shit on Clayton and mooks!
  • Though a villainous one, Sabor is one badass leopard. Kala was desperately fighting for her (and Tarzan's) life against her. She actually didn't physically defeat Sabor, she fled from her.
  • Aside from the fact he winds up getting captured, Tarzan has one brief but incredibly Awesome moment when he takes that HUGE leap from the top of one of the ship's masts towards the funnel (and REACHES it and manages to hang on to its top), complete with a short fanfare playing in the background and his chasers staring in total AWE when he does the jump. He may have struggled in this new environment and gotten captured, but if anything, this serves as evidence that the ape-man is in his APEx!


  • The fact that Brian Blessed (the voice of Clayton) is the one who did Tarzan's famous yells throughout the film.
  • The movie is a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Disney's animators, who were working with arguably their most complex character yet (Tarzan, who was drawn with total anatomical accuracy) and definitely their most complex scenery yet. The result? An incredibly fluid kinetic experience that's virtually flawless, featuring high speed movement where every single muscle stretched and flexes as it should and perfectly in sync with CGI backgrounds that look like paintings in motion.
    • They also didn't let the story rest on these achievements, which would have left the movie forgettable as technology marched on. Instead, character design, scenery and music alike are used to tell an emotionally powerful story.
  • Awesome Music all alround courtesy of Phil Collins.
    • Even better is the bonus track for the Broadway musical, "Everything That I Am" performed by Collins himself.
  • The Interquel, surprisingly enough, maintains a lot of these good qualities, with equally lush artistry and a few more songs by Phil Collins. It says something when a Direct-to-Video sequel almost seams perfectly with the original theatrical film for a change.