->''"Put your faith in what you most believe in.''\\
''Two worlds, one family.''\\
''Trust your heart, let faith decide''\\
''To guide these lives we see..."''

''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 1860s, where an English couple and their infant son are the only survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of uncharted DarkestAfrica. Using the remains of the ship, they build a new home in a large tree while they await rescue. At the same time, a gorilla named Kala and her mate Kerchak live peacefully with an infant child. The peace is soon shattered when their child is killed by the vicious leopard Sabor, and Kala is left devastated. Some time later, she hears a baby's cries and stumbles upon the now-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. Kerchak 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 tomboyish female gorilla and a neurotic elephant]] (Rosie O'Donnell and Creator/WayneKnight). 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 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''. The movie was even adapted into a short-lived Broadway musical.
!!Tropes present in this film include:


* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: When Kala takes Tarzan to his parents' treehouse.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Kerchak was a monstrous KillerGorilla in the book. Here, while he disapproves of Tarzan, he is actually a stern but benevolent leader of the gorillas.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the novels, Clayton is Tarzan's cousin who inherits the title after Tarzan's parents are presumed dead. He is a perfect, nice English gentleman, who is willing to sacrifice his life to save Jane. Compare that to the EgomaniacHunter seen in the movie.
* AdaptationDistillation: In the film, Tarzan is raised by gorillas. In the books, he is raised by "Mangani", a fictional ape species, while gorillas are AlwaysChaoticEvil. Disney presumably changed this to reflect how [[ScienceMarchesOn science has marched on]] since the days of Burroughs, revealing gorillas to be {{Gentle Giant}}s.
** In a non-zoology-related example, the book series was filled with serial-style adventures, including sci-fi and fantasy elements. The movie keeps its focus on Tarzan's identity crisis and his relationship with Jane. The TV series, in an ExpansionPackWorld way, included more of the pulp fantasy elements.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, Tarzan and Jane have black and blonde hair, while here they're different shades of brown.
* AdaptationSpeciesChange:
** Sabor was a lioness, but here, she's changed to a leopardess, most likely to represent the fact that Lions aren't necessarily the ''Kings (and Queens) of the Jungle'', an environment where leopards are far more common.
** Also in the book, 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", Tantor is nearly crushed several times, and in the ensuing stampede, Kerchak has to save a baby gorilla from being trampled to death.
** Kala feels the same terror any mother would when her adopted son has to fight a leopard armed only with a stone-tipped spear.
** Tarzan's parents desperately tried to fend off Sabor, but failed, and their son would likely have starved to death or been eaten by another predator if Kala had not found him.
* 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.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: All elephants in this movie are ''red''. According to WordOfGod, the animators were inspired by images of elephants that smear themselves with red-toned dust or mud (to keep off insects).
* AnachronismStew: A 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 UsefulNotes/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. The [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan sequel series]] stretched the anachronisms a bit further.
* AnimalStampede: The young Tarzan accidentally starts an elephant stampede when he tries to snatch some tail hair from them, and the elephants mistake him for a piranha. The elephants almost trample a baby gorilla, but Kerchak is fortunately quick enough to save the infant.
* AnimalTalk: Apparently gorillas and elephants share a language, as they understand each other and [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Tarzan]]. However, other animals such as baboons and leopards have their own language. Tarzan, at some point, also talks to the baboons - he's apparently a polyglot.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology:
** Tarzan's often able to win over others' sympathy through his eyes, including the gorillas. In reality, gorillas do not like direct eye contact, perceiving it as a challenge. Locking eyes with one of them is ''demanding'' a fight.
** 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.
** The alpha baboon has the colorful face of a mandrill, something real baboons lack.
** The female African elephants in the film are portrayed without tusks. Female Asian elephants have no tusks, but African ones do.
** PlayedForLaughs with Tantor's trunk, which he accurately uses as a snorkel like real elephants... and as a periscope, complete with radar noises! [[EyesDoNotBelongThere Does he have eyes inside his trunk]]? Or maybe it's just a visual representation of him sniffing?
** In a scene, gorillas are shown eating termites, fishing for them with sticks. While lowland gorillas do occasionally eat termites, only certain tribes of ''chimpanzees'' use a stick to fish for them.
** Sabor, the leopard that killed Tarzan's family when he was only an infant, is somehow still alive and dangerous when Tarzan is an 18-20 year old adult, despite the fact that leopards don't usually live past their late teens. There are exceptions, but such an elderly cat would definitely ''not'' be so insanely fast and agile.
** Albeit with great difficulty, Tarzan ''does'' manage to physically hold Kerchak back to stop him from attacking Jane. Though it is difficult to gauge their strength with any precision, a silverback male gorilla usually tips the scales at about 400 pounds and is ''many'' times strong than any human. A human attempting to take on an angry silverback in real life would literally be crushed in a heartbeat.
** Hippos are portrayed as docile and passive creatures, one is even shown letting young Tarzan ride on its snout. Anyone with even a faint familiarity with hippos knows that in RealLife [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheBerserker they're the exact opposite]]
** It's easy to miss, but Professor Porter refers to rhinos and baboons as Rhinoceros bihornius and Theropithecus babunious respectively, neither of which are the actual scientific names of any real life species of rhinoceros or baboon. Theropithecus is a legitimate genus, but it refers to the gelada, a cousin of baboons living in the Ethiopian highlands, while baboons belong to the genus Papio.
* 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: [[spoiler:Clayton]] is ultimately revealed to be this.
* BigDamnHeroes: Surprisingly, and not without a little bit of defying the laws of physics, this is first pulled off by [[ThoseTwoGuys Terk and Tantor]], who realized Tarzan was in danger and swam all the way to the ship, climbed on to it (''somehow'') and decimated its crew to save him. This is notable in that, had it not been for them, Tarzan ''would'' have been unable to get out of this situation and thus he'd be unable to save his gorilla family from being captured.
** In turn and thanks to the above, Tarzan gets to lead the subsequent Big Damn Heroes moment, swinging in yelling at the last second to save the gorillas from [[spoiler:Clayton]] and the rest of the poachers.
* BigNo: Tarzan utters one whilst on Clayton's ship.
* 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:
** When characters get ''shot''.
** Averted when Sabor and Tarzan both received gashes during their combat, although there was no dripping or excessive gore.
** 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.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: When Disney Channel aired the film, the ShadowDiscretionShot of Clayton's [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath fate]] was removed.
* 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.
* BrightIsNotGood: Sabor and [[spoiler:Clayton]] are associated with vibrant yellow hues, and are the main antagonists.
* BringItBackAlive: Clayton aims to do this with Tarzan's gorilla family. [[spoiler: Aside from Kerchak, who he decides he'd rather prefer "stuffed".]]
* BuffySpeak: Jane's description of Tarzan on their first meeting:
-->'''Jane:''' And all this time I thought you were just a big-wild-quiet-silent-person-thing.
* 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 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.
** Later, Kerchak is at gunpoint when the cavalry arrives in the form of Tarzan - then Tantor, Terk, Jane and the Professor - then the other elephants, a rhino (who apparently just got caught up in the general excitement), and finally the [[EnemyMine baboon pack]].
* 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.
* ComingOfAgeStory: The movie is the coming-of-age story for Tarzan, who for most of his life was ostracised by a few of the gorillas on the count of being different. With the arrival of Clayton and the Porters, he realises that there are other 'creatures' like him and the film is basically about him having to chose between civilisation and his jungle upbringing.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* {{Disneyfication}}: The original novels were much more violent, as well as ethnocentric 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.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath And a very painful one]], [[ShadowDiscretionShot shown only in silhouette]].
* 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.
* EmotionSuppression: Kerchak seems to have been much warmer and more loving in the past, but was clearly traumatized by his failure to protect his and Kala's baby from Sabor, and subsequently became a hardened, stoic leader obsessed with protecting his troop at all costs.
* EpicTrackingShot: Visually, the film is gorgeous and used cutting edge effects to follow Tarzan as he LeParkour's through the jungle, in contrast to the simpler rope swings of previous adaptations. The animators based it on some of the more dynamic videos made for extreme sports.
* EurekaMoment: There's a particularly poignant variant during the scene where Tarzan meets Jane after rescuing from the monkeys when he catches her hand as she tries to slap him, pulls her glove off and presses his own hand against hers. This is the moment that Tarzan realises that this strange creature with the baggy yellow fur and the high-pitched voice he'd just saved is actually the same as him.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Old-world monkeys, baboon, and (if you count apes) more gorillas than you can shake a loincloth at.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Clayton never shows any signs of cowardice. When he is faced with his own gun, he is far from begging for his life and composes himself for his end.
* FallingInLoveMontage: "Strangers Like Me".
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Fewer than in the novel that inspired the movie. But that still leaves a number of plot-critical deaths:
** 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 Kala happen upon the treehouse Tarzan's family built. She goes in curiously and we find it a bit too quiet. She soon sees 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 gets 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, the last noise he makes being a loud, blood-curdling scream. While the film does cut to a GoryDiscretionShot, lightning flashes and we can see Clayton's hanging silhouette on a nearby tree.]]
* FishOutOfWater: Jane is a well-educated, independent and reasonably brave young woman, but she's out of her depths in the African rain forest.
* FlightOfRomance: A variant appears briefly in the 'Strangers Like Me' montage, when Tarzan teaches Jane the basics of vine-swinging.
* 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, rain-blocks, 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:kill leopards by himself.]]
* 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.
** In the above scene, Tarzan at one points tries to peek under her dress. She promptly kicks him for it, then tucks her legs between her arms to avoid a repeat of the offense.
** While describing Tarzan and drawing him, Jane's expressions and tone of voice get very...''intense'', so to speak, to the point that her father jokingly asks if he should leave her alone with the blackboard.
** Terk rants to Tantor about Tarzan spending all his time with the humans in the camp instead of with her, describing a giraffe's birth in the process. "Drops us like a newborn giraffe; KERPLOP!"
** It isn't dramatized, but when Tarzan tells Jane that Kala is his mother, for a second Jane thinks that she gave birth to him after sleeping with his father.
* 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: Used liberally because this movie has a lot more death than most Disney offerings. Tarzan's parents, Kala and Kerchak's baby, Sabor, and Clayton all meet violent deaths just offscreen.
* GrayRainOfDepression: [[spoiler:When Kerchak dies.]]
* HandGagging: A villain does this to Jane, who quickly bites it.
* HandyFeet: Tarzan has them, taking the idea of being raised by gorillas to its logical conclusion by having him grasp things with his feet. Not as well as a gorilla, but pretty well for a human.
* HappilyAdopted: Tarzan. Invoked after Kala shows Tarzan the treehouse where he was found.
* HartmanHips: While rather slim, Jane has wide hips and a posterior worth mentioning.
* 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 happens between Tarzan and Jane when he first meets the girl, and they stare into each other's eyes in wonder.
* HeroicSacrifice: Tarzan's parents, who die trying to protect him from Sabor.
* HesDeadJim: [[spoiler: After Kerchak's last words to Tarzan, we get a SlowMotion shot of his arm falling to the ground]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Clayton brings about [[spoiler: 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, even as Tarzan points it out to him.]].
* HulkSpeak: Tarzan. He mostly grows out of it by the end.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler: Jane stays with Tarzan. Realizing he has nothing waiting in England either, Professor Porter remains behind as well.]]
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: In the film's climax when [[spoiler: Tarzan has an easy opportunity to off Clayton with his own gun. After the villain taunts him to go ahead and do it, he comes to his senses and throws said gun away in disgust.]]
--> '''Clayton:''' Be a man.
--> '''Tarzan:''' Not a man like you!
* IHaveNoSon: Kerchak's attitude towards Tarzan throughout the film. [[spoiler:He finally accepts him as he dies.]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted with Kerchak and Kala's first child.
* InkSuitActor: Jane bears more than a passing resemblance to her voice actress, Creator/MinnieDriver.
* IntimateArtistry: Jane sketches a picture of Tarzan on a chalkboard for her father and gets lost his image, showing that she is already falling for him despite their brief encounter.
* {{Irony}}: While exploring the Porters' camp, Terk passes by a chemistry set and wonders what kind of primitive beasts are responsible for the mess.
* ItIsDehumanizing: When Kala brings the baby Tarzan to the rest of the gorillas, Terk and Kerchak both refer to Tarzan as 'it'. Kala, quietly and patiently, uses 'he' and 'him' until they follow her example.
* 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: [[spoiler: Clayton.]] It's his own actions that lead to his undoing-- if he hadn't [[spoiler:betrayed the Porters]], they all would have returned to London and he would have lived, but his greed leads him to [[spoiler:seek out the gorillas in order to capture them]], and so dies while trying to kill [[spoiler:Tarzan]].
* 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. Like real gorillas, Tarzan's tribe is mostly peaceful, but you do ''NOT'' want to get on their bad side.
** Clayton sees them that way though, as he refers to them as "wild beasts". When he draws a rather poor sketch of a gorilla to ask Tarzan where the gorillas are, it has a large, snarling mouth with sharp teeth. This follows what the common scientific belief was about gorillas in Victorian times.
* LargeHam: Clayton, helps from being voiced by Creator/BrianBlessed.
* LaserGuidedKarma: It took eighteen-to-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 [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation Disney Renaissance]]. 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).
* LeftStuckAfterAttack: During their final fight, Clayton comes after Tarzan with a machete, repeatedly stabbing into the cluster of vines where Tarzan's hiding. One thrust gets stuck in the trunk of the tree, forcing Clayton to work it loose, which gives Tarzan a chance to put some distance between them.
* 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.
* LiteralCliffhanger: Tarzan during his attempt to escape from Clayton's thugs on the ship that would go back to England, right before he falls down from the ship's funnel and gets captured.
* LoinCloth: Tarzan's outfit.
* LosingAShoeInTheStruggle: When Tarzan's rescuing Jane from the baboon horde, one of her shoes is lost. When the baboons return to play TheCavalry during the climactic fight scene, the baby baboon is wearing the lost shoe as a helmet.
* 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: Used many times between the gorillas and Tarzan's human family during the opening. One notable example is when Kala playfully tosses her baby in the air, and baby Tarzan falls back into his mother's arms.
* MightyWhitey: A downplayed version, in which Tarzan saves the day for another species rather than humans of another color. 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. Although that doesn't explain how they know what piranhas are.
** Played straight with the ring-tailed lemurs near the beginning, which are found in Madagascar, not mainland Africa.
** Also, during the "Son of Man" montage Tarzan is seen fighting a green tree python, a snake that's native to New Guinea, islands in Indonesia and northern Australia, not Africa.
* MissingMom: Archimedes references her once while Jane is excitedly recapping her swing through the trees with Tarzan while chased by raging baboons.
-->'''Archimedes:''' She gets that from her mother. She would come up with stories like this. Not about - about men in loincloths, 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.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Averted for the most part. Tarzan is in extremely good shape for a man of his build... but Kerchak can swat him aside effortlessly. Played particularly straight, however, when he manages to use holds he learned while tussling with Terk to pin Kerchak, which marks a stark contrast when compared to his strength during his physical confrontations against Terk herself, the thugs on the ship and [[spoiler: Clayton]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tarzan after he puts Kerchak in a headlock.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: After failing to reach her own baby in time, Kala gets a second chance to stop Sabor from eating a child when she finds Tarzan.
* 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.
** Edgar Rice Burroughs' first novel ''Tarzan of the Apes'' also includes (two separate) scenes of young Tarzan being disgusted when he sees his [[HumansAreUgly hideous reflection]] in a pool of water, and covering himself with mud to make himself look more like an ape.
** During the "Son of Man" montage, Tarzan and Terk lasso and ride a crane; the lasso was Tarzan's WeaponOfChoice in Burroughs' novels (albeit for hunting, not playing).
** The blackboard scene where Jane gets so lost in her thoughts of Tarzan that her father jokingly asks if he should leave them "alone for a moment" is similar to a scene in Burroughs' first novel where Jane describes Tarzan in such a gushing, fangirl-like style that the French soldiers listening are highly amused.
** Clayton calls one of his thugs "Snipes," the name of a minor villain in Burroughs' first 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 strangers' guns on sight after seeing several of his friends shot (and been shot at himself).
* TheNativeRival: Kerchak is more of a father figure than a direct rival, but he bears many characteristics of this trope, especially his reluctance to accept Tarzan as one of his tribe.
* 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: Clayton's VillainousBreakdown leads him to follow Tarzan into the trees. When he goes berserk, he cuts the vines he's entangled in, but overlooks the one twined around his neck.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Tarzan shows Clayton where the gorillas are when he brings Jane to meet his family.
* NoNameGiven: Tarzan's parents are unnamed - in the books they were John and Alice Clayton, the [[BlueBlood Lord and Lady Greystoke.]] As a result, Tarzan never finds out who they really were.
* NotDrawnToScale: While with some crazy amount of SuspensionOfDisbelief we can accept that two solitary people, one of them a woman caring for an infant baby, devoid of all construction gear could have possibly created anything close to the jaw-dropping treehouse we see in the movie (within, apparently, just a few weeks no less), there is absolutely no conceivable way for them to have drawn that rope bridge across the gorge.
* NoTimeToThink: At one point, Clayton has Tarzan in his shotgun sights. [[spoiler: Kerchak charges the villain and takes two shotgun rounds to the chest - a mortal wound.]]
* 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:
** Jane has one when she sees a army of angry baboons reading to attack her for making their child cry. She immediately has another one when they start jumping down from the trees and chasing her.
** Tarzan has one after seeing Terk and Tantor running back to the nesting grounds (where he is showing his human friends the gorillas), and realizing that Kerchak is coming back.
** The look on Clayton's face when Kerchak charges at him is quite understandable.
** The expression on the face of the nameless hunter who has Jane trapped during the final fight is amusing; 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''.
** Tarzan has one during the climatic fight between him and Clayton. [[spoiler:After Tarzan has dropped a whole tangle of vines onto Clayton to incapacitate him, he starts cutting himself free in a rage...but doesn't notice that one vine around his neck. Tarzan realizes what is bound to happen and [[SaveTheVillain frantically tries to warn him]], but too late -- [[NeckSnap the result is]] ''[[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath not pretty]]'']].
* OneWordTitle: It's a movie about Tarzan, called ''Tarzan'', so it's a ProtagonistTitle.
* OnlyOneName: Tarzan's original human name is not revealed. In the books it was John Clayton, and eventually he became Lord Greystoke.
* PaleFemalesDarkMales: Kerchak is black, Kala is brown, the rest of the gorillas are different shades of grey.
* ThePatriarch: Kerchak, so much.
* PapaWolf: Two alpha males: Kerchak (in defense of his gorillas, and eventually Tarzan) and the baboon alpha (in defense of the little chimp.)
** To be specific, this is the ''job'' of a Silver Back Gorilla. They are the Alpha of their family, and will sooner show full on aggression towards an intruder than ignore them. Researchers that have lived with Gorillas for extended periods of time have only managed to do so because they knew how to interact with a Silver Back to the point where it '''wouldn't''' rip them apart. Kerchak may have been a JerkAss at times, but he was only doing what was required of him.
* 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 while letting out his SignatureRoar.
* ProtagonistTitle: It's a movie about Tarzan, called ''Tarzan'', so it's also a OneWordTitle.
* PuppyDogEyes: Tarzan uses this technique on Terk, who {{lampshades}} it.
* RaceLift: Of a sort. In the original novel, Jane was an American and Tarzan was the lost son of a British lord. In this film, it's just the reverse: Jane is a posh Victorian Brit while Tarzan has an American accent for some reason (likely due to a lack of exposure to a British environment robbing him of the chance to get an accent).
* RagnarokProofing: The treehouse put together by Tarzan's birth-parents is incredibly intact after the better part of 20 years of neglect in a jungle climate. The outfit Tarzan finds there is even more so.
* RaisedByWolves: Tarzan, of course.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Clayton dares Tarzan to shoot him, and finishes with, "Be a man."
* 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's either that or a lifetime of not wearing shoes has left his feet so calloused that you'd need a blowtorch to get them off.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Soon after Sabor is defeated, Clayton enters sporting the same color scheme, with shadows over him looking like leopard spots.

* SaveTheVillain: Well, he ''tried'' anyway...
* SceneryPorn: The jungle is animated ''beautifully''.
* SerendipitousSymphony: The "Trashing the Camp" sequence.
* ShoutOut:
** There are a couple of quotes referencing past Disney films as well:
** 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance''.
** Another from ''Beauty and the Beast'':
--->'''Kerchak:''' You came back!\\
'''Tarzan:''' I came home.
** Terk's questioning Kala about what she will name Tarzan, and subsequent reaction, bears more than a passing resemblance to Thumper regarding Disney/{{Bambi}} and his mother.
* ShownTheirWork: When Kerchak [[PrimalChestPound pounds his chest]], he does it with open hands like real gorillas do, instead of clenched fists like most cartoon gorillas.
* SignatureRoar: Tarzan's signature yell, performed by Creator/BrianBlessed mimicking Johnny Weissmuller's iconic yodel.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101119072850/disney/images/f/fc/Tarzan_s_Biological_Parents_by_Mizkex.jpg Tarzan's mom.]]
* SnipeHunt: Terk sends Tarzan to find a hair of an elephant to get rid of him for some time. He succeeds, although in [[RealityEnsues the stampede he causes]], panicking elephants almost crush a baby gorilla.
* StealthInsult: In the original version of Tarzan and Clayton's final confrontation, as Tarzan holds Clayton at knifepoint.
--> '''Clayton''': Do it. Prove you're a savage!\\
'''Tarzan''': (lowering the knife) No. I'm not like you.
* 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, from a combination of trying to cope with full Victorian dress in the heat and humidity of central Africa, and because the rough living damages the fabrics. 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.
* SuperStrength: The two mooks who try and carry off Kala at the end. A female gorilla her size would weigh somewhere in the neighborhood of two hundred pounds. A steel cage that size would likely weigh over five hundred. Yet there are two men easily lifting and moving quickly with it.
* TakeCareOfTheKids: Kerchak tells Tarzan to take care of his troop at the end of the film.
* TalentDouble: While Tony Goldwyn provided the title character's speaking voice, Creator/BrianBlessed provided his iconic yodel.
* 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.
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside: Jane calls Kala beautiful because of her personality.
* TruckDriversGearChange:
** "You'll Be In My Heart" starts in D-flat as Kala sings to Tarzan, but switches to D when Phil Collins takes over, then modulates up to E toward the end. In the single version, the verses are in D-flat but shift up to E-Flat for the chorus; then it shifts to A-flat for the bridge, then to F for the final verse.
** "Son of Man" starts out in D, but modulates up to E in the third verse, to symbolize Tarzan's TimeSkip to adulthood.
** "Strangers Like Me" is mostly in B-flat, but temporarly modulates to E-flat for the bridge, then to B for the last chorus.
* {{Tsundere}}: 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".
* UriahGambit: Key point of Clayton's plan to capture the gorillas. He knew Tarzan was a powerful and agile individual who wouldn't like it if someone laid a finger on his gorilla family, so he set him up in a situation that would potentially (and in fact did) overwhelm him and get him captured: have his thugs jump at him ALL AT ONCE as soon as he stepped on the ship that would allegedly head back to England. Needless to say, Clayton reacts just as you'd expect him to (and maybe even ''[[AddingInsultToInjury worse]]'') when Tarzan asks him for help after being captured.
* VagueAge: Tarzan's age is hard to pin down. Judging from the fact that Sabor is still around (Leopards live to be 17 at the eldest), as is Kala (Gorillas have a lifespan of 35 years and females reach sexual maturity at 12 years, and considering the fact that her gorilla baby was happy to wonder off chasing a frog, meaning he was about 2-3 years old) he is likely to be 18-to-20 years old at the eldest.
* VineSwing: Tarzan often does this; for example, when he rescues Jane from the baboons.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Tarzan. Walking pants-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: Tarzan's deeply hurt that Kala let him think he was some kind of unique freak of nature... "''Why didn't you tell me there were creatures that look like me?''"
** Kerchak to Tarzan when the latter allows the other humans to interact with the gorilla family and unfortunately, the silverback's anger turns out to be justified.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Clayton taunts Tarzan with this when the latter has his own rifle pressed up to his neck, telling him to "be a man". However, as Tarzan proves, for all the rage he feels, he will ''not'' be the man Clayton is, and ''smashes his rifle to pieces''.
* WikiWalk: For some reason Jane and her father brought every modern convenience with them, including a slide projector and slides depicting... well, everything (At least, everything British). Tarzan begins looking at them, and it is implied that he views ''every single one'' because there's a dissolve to him still looking through slides while the others are asleep.
* WildChild: [[CaptainObvious The title character]].
* WomenAreWiser: Kerchak refuses to accept Tarzan as a son while Kala is the one who wants to adopt him.
* 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.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Tarzan[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120855/trivia]] and Jane are only 18 years old during the events of the movie and sequel series.

[[folder:Tropes present in the Broadway Musical include:]]
* AdaptationalContextChange: During "Strangers Like Me," Tarzan's verse about show Jane his jungle world has him introducing her to his mother, whom she originally didn't meet until late in the film.
* AdaptationalModesty: Jane's {{Stripperific}} clothing development in the film is averted. Though, some productions have her wearing her FurBikini during the curtain call.
* AdaptedOut: Tantor is removed entirely from the Broadway musical version. Justified - while gorillas and leopards are roughly human-sized and can be played by costumed actors, an elephant would be very difficult to be put on stage.
* DistantDuet: Depending on the production, "For The First Time," where Jane and Tarzan sing about their budding feelings for each other.
* GenderFlip: Terk is portrayed as a male.
* IrrelevantActOpener: "Trashin' the Camp" becomes this.
* KarmaHoudini: Unlike the film, [[spoiler:Clayton doesn't die and kinda gets off free for what he does]].
* SidekickSong: Terk gets one - "Who Better Than Me"
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Everyone who dies in the film is killed in the musical, except for [[spoiler:Clayton, the ''villain'']].

[[folder:Tropes present in the ''Tarzan II'' include:]]
* AnimationBump: Scenes of the film, while consistently passable, fluctuate in quality a bit, ranging from high quality TV budget to practically matching the fluency of the first film.
* BeYourself: The Aesop of the movie. As Tarzan tries to seek exactly what he is, he is left with the answer he is....a Tarzan, something that is unique and special in itself.
* {{Interquel}}: Takes place between in {{Time Skip}} of the first movie.