Tarzan 1999

Check out our review of Tarzan 1999 - is it any good and how suitable is it for kids?

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Tarzan 1999

Starring: Voices by Minnie Driver, Tony Goldwyn. (U)

Release date: 1999

3 out of 5


A slick, entertaining adaptation from Disney’s animators of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s classic tale of the orphan raised in the jungle by gorillas. Backed by a soundtrack by Phil Collins (which isn’t as bad as you might expect), the loincloth-wearing apeman (Goldwyn) meets and falls for a young Englishwoman named Jane (Driver) who is accompanying her father on an expedition.
Humans who can’t be trusted, the requisite cuddly little animals and more warm, fuzzy feelings than you can shake a swinging vine at are all perfectly mixed together in the Disney style, which may feel like just another one off an assembly line for cynical adults but will enchant the young tots (though not too young as there are some scary bits, see below) who dragged them in front of the TV to watch it.

Is Tarzan 1999 suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...

We don’t see Tarzan’s parents being killed, but young viewers will probably find the idea itself very upsetting.
Another character is killed, and while we don’t actually see it, children may notice his shadow that shows clearly that he was hanged.
There is quite a lot of danger in this Disney movie, from baby Tarzan being stalked by a leopard, and some of his gorilla family being hunted and captured by humans. 

If you like this, why not try: The Jungle Book, Hercules, Pocahontas, George Of The Jungle, Mighty Joe Young,