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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. Meta example as well, turning the goofy Tarzan Yell, which historically has meant, "I am swinging on a vine," into a cry of triumph as he hoists aloft the corpse of his enemy.
    • Just the fight in general. It is incredibly satisfying to watch Tarzan take down the monstrous cat.
  • Tarzan rescuing Jane from the baboons is one long Moment of Awesome. Doubles as a Funny Moment.
  • 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 presses the barrels right to Clayton's throat... and (perfectly) imitates the sound of a loud 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.
    • Though a villainous case, let's give Clayton credit. He managed to manipulate the entire cast into his plan, and when he was exposed, he actually challenged and went toe-to-toe with Tarzan of all people. Not once did he resort to the usual snivelling antics of Disney's more egomaniacal Rogues Gallery whenever Tarzan got an upper hand, he just got angrier.
  • 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" is a big CMOA, especially the scene where Tarzan climbs a 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 and pounding his chest.
    • 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.
      • She goes from an unaided tree surf into a high speed aerial pirouette, showing she's keeping up with him just fine.
  • Kala fending off Sabor while protecting baby Tarzan. This scene alone proves 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.
    • This scene in general, with the entire jungle unleashing shit on Clayton and his mooks, is awesome.
  • 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.
  • She's not just a homicidal psycho jungle cat, but unbelievably stealthy to boot. In the moments leading up to her attack on the gorillas, Tantor and Terk are arguing with each other while Tarzan is looking suspiciously at the patch of forest Sabor is hiding in. That's not an empty background: Sabor is painted in with the rest of the foliage 'right in the middle of the screen', but she's so well-camouflaged that a viewer probably won't see her unless they pause the film or know 'exactly' where to look.
    • Considering that leopards normally live up to seventeen years on average, and that she was still an adult while Tarzan was a baby, Sabor definitely gets badass points for still being able to take him on twenty years later.
  • 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!
  • Prior to this film, the pivotal scene of Tarzan meeting Jane has been prone to tons of parody, thanks to the Hulk Speak dialogue of the Weissmuller films ("You Tarzan, me Jane"). This version, using a "repeat after me" approach and adding some expected humor, removes any trace of parody. It's a moment of awesome for the film's writers, and the scene itself also qualifies as heartwarming.
  • Kala defending baby Tarzan in front of Kerchak. She argues back and forth with him, not even blinking when Kerchak roars and gets right in front of her face in anger. Kerchak might be king of the pack but there's no stopping a mother's love.


  • 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 around 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.

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