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Blu-ray Review: Tarzan

It is impossible to think of the 1999 Disney animated feature Tarzan and not get the Phil Collins earworm ‘You’ll be in my heart‘ stuck in your head. The ‘Let It Go’ of its time, the song epitomized the film it was central to; powerful, energetic and heart warming.

Loosely based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic novel Tarzan of the Apes (which is the second most frequently adapted work of literature after Dracula), the film centers on the titular character (voiced by Scandal’s Tony Goldwyn), a man who is raised by a family of gorillas. His core family includes the enigmatic Kerchak (voiced by Lance Henriksen), his doting adoptive mother Kala (voiced by Glenn Close), and the comedic Terk (voiced by The View’s Rosie O’Donnell). However, when Professor Archimedes Q. Porter (voiced by Nigel Hawthorne) and his enchanting daughter Jane (voiced by Beyond the Lights’ Minnie Driver) appear, his world is serendipitously altered.

Though the film is best known for the aforementioned catchy song, it is heralded in technical circles as the first Disney film to seamlessly use the ‘deep canvas’ effect-wherein 3D effects are utilized with 2D characters blended into the mise-en-scene.

As is the standard with Disney bluray transfers, the audio and video presentation is top notch. The special features are extensive, with the full-length audio commentary by directors Kevin Lima and Chris Buck (covering all behind the scenes aspects including casting, music, and design) being of particular interest.

With a tender story and jaw dropping visuals, this film will surely stay in your heart.

Leora Heilbronn

Leora Heilbronn is a Toronto based film aficionado who has a weakness for musicals and violent action flicks. She can often be spotted reading a wide range of literature or listening to show tunes.