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With: (voices) Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Brian Blessed, Nigel Hawthorne, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight, Alex D. Linz, Rosie O'Donnell
Written by: Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, Henry Mayo, David Reynolds, Jeffrey Stepakoff, Ned Teitelbaum, based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Directed by: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 88
Date: 06/17/1999

Tarzan (1999)

3 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Although it sticks strictly to the decades-old Disney formula, Tarzan is anexciting, accomplished work that ranks with the wonderful Johnny Weissmullermovies like Tarzan and His Mate (1934). Tony Goldwyn is the voice of the apeman, who not only swings on vines, but slides on tree moss. Minnie Driver playsJane, and Glenn Close, Lance Henriksen, and Nigel Hawthorne provide other voices.Even the "sidekick" character played by Rosie O'Donnell and the music by PhilCollins don't deflate the picture. Tarzan is great fun.

DVD Details: Casting Rosie O'Donnell and hiring Phil Collins for the music were ideas that keep getting worse over time. Regardless, Tarzan is still a beautifully fluid film that has a lot of fun with the legend. Disney's 2005 DVD comes with "deleted scenes," games, music videos and a commentary track.

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