Trivia / Tarzan

  • Accidentally Correct Zoology: In the book series the protagonist is raised by a fictional ape species named "Mangani", which combines the physical and behavioral traits of chimpanzees, gorillas and primitive humans. In 1996, in the Bili Forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a subspecies of chimpanzee was discovered that is larger than other chimpanzees and shows some gorilla-like behavior. The similarity between the Mangani and the "Bili ape" did not go unnoticed.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Rosie O'Donnell had always wanted to voice a character in a Disney animated movie.
  • Cut Song: 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 "6/8 Intro" which was actually Phil Collins' proposition as to how the music in the film should sound. Another one is "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.
  • Dueling Movies: With The Iron Giant, though it was hardly a duel. This was mostly due to marketing, however, as Giant had a mere four months of advertising from an apathetic studio while Tarzan was being heavily plugged a year in advance. Things turned out better for Giant in the end, as it eventually became a massive Cult Classic while Tarzan merely became a footnote on Disney's history.
  • End of an Era: Generally considered to be the last film of the Disney Renaissance. Production on Kingdom Of The Sun was getting worse by the day while this film was wrapping up, convincing the higher ups that it was finally time to put the blockbuster musical formula to rest, making this the final one. Sun eventually became the broad comedy The Emperor's New Groove, the studio's first non-musical since The Rescuers Down Under, which kicked off a string of more "experimental" films at the beginning of the New Millennium (Fantasia 2000 technically came first, but that had been in production for a decade). Tarzan was also Disney's last hand-drawn film to be guaranteed box office gold, as these newer films did poorly with critics and audiences, Lilo & Stitch being more of a Sleeper Hit, thanks to the sudden swerve an heavy competition with CGI features. It all ended up being part of the perfect storm which killed American hand-drawn animated features.
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  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Disney's Tarzan on Nintendo 64 came with a Tarzan figurine.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Michael T. Weiss replaced Tony Goldwyn as the voice of Tarzan in the TV series. Alex D Linz is his younger voice for the prequel.
    • Susanne Blakeslee replaced Glenn Close as the voice of Kala in most of her later appearances.
    • Olivia D'Abo replaced Minnie Driver as the voice of Jane in the TV series.
    • Jeff Bennett replaced Nigel Hawthorne as the voice of Professor Porter in the TV series.
    • Several other actresses, such as April Winchell and Audrey Wasilewski, replaced Rosie O'Donnell as the voice of Terk in most of her later appearances.
    • Jim Cummings replaced Wayne Knight as the voice of Tantor in most of his later appearances.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, basically Raoh is married with Mamiya, rather than Yuria instead, while Souther wants to kill both of them.
  • Science Marches On: The main reason Disney changed the Mangani to gorillas is because of this: Gorillas have been found to be the Gentle Giants of the jungle, and thus perfect animals for a Disney film.
  • Talent Double: While Tony Goldwyn provided the title character's speaking voice, BRIAN BLESSED provided his iconic yodel.
  • Throw It In!:
    • The scene where Jane was ranting about what happened to her, her father and Clayton, after being rescued from the baboons? That whole thing was improvised by her voice actor, Minnie Driver.
    • Likewise much of Professor Porter's reaction to her ranting was improvised along with other lines such as "Oh, just like Aunt Isabelle" when Jane describes how Tarzan walks.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Laura Linney auditioned for Jane Porter.
    • Harrison Ford was considered for Kerchak.
    • Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart were considered for Clayton.
    • Animator Ken Duncan has shared some unused animation scenes cut from the film, including Jane's original intro (when coming out of the bamboo, her dress is flipped to make her look pregnant) and Jane politely asking Tarzan to let her go in the middle of the baboon chase sequence.


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