Tarzan is ,yet another, wonderful Disney movie. Its based on Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Disney movie follows the book to the letter, except on a few minor things I will point out as we go along. Like in the book, Tarzan's family got stranded in an African Jungle. I think it was the Congo. In the book, Tarzan's family was stranded there by pirates. In the movie, the ship burned down. Tarzan' family did manage to build a camp. Like in the book, both of Tarzan's parents and Kala's baby chimp were killed by the Tiger, Sabor. Like in the book, Kala adopted Tarzan.
I like the song that was sang when Kala (aka Kayla in the book) was putting baby Tarzan to sleep. Tarzan's growing up flashback were really funny. In both stories, Tarzan did not get along with Kerchak. For a while, Tarzan was trying to prove that he was a monkey. When he discovered his father's camp, he discovered he was human. It was that day when Tarzan met Jane. In the book, he did discover the camp much earlier. He taught himself how to read and write (but not speak) English. He truly did meet Jane at the camp. However, her family did not land on African on purpose. The pirates struck again. Her family was abandoned in Africa to their own fate.
Here is when the Disney movie goes on a tangent. In the book, Clayton was a real nice guy. He was not a hunter. He was a British diplomat. He was also Tarzan's cousin, who was engaged to Jane. Disney demonized Clayton, and turned him into an evil, brute of a hunter. I can finally put the book away and focus only on the Disney movie. From then on, everything in the movie is purely the work of Disney's imagination. Needless to say, Clayton represents the archetypical monster, or savage in the Disney movies. He hunts animal not for food, but for sport. He came to the Jungle to hunt Gorillas. Jane and her father came to study them.
In their search for the Gorillas, they met Tarzan. It was Jane who educated him. She used the project to teach him English. Her projector was a prototype of the movies. It was that technology that evolve into the movie we know and love. As for Tarzan, he represents the noble savage. It was believed that society was what corrupted a man. Others taught that men like Tarzan were nothing, but savages. In this movie, Tarzan searches for an identity. In the end, he discovers that he belongs with Jane, in the Jungle. I think that is everything worth saying about the Tarzan movie. We all know, Tarzan is a 5 stars worthy Disney movie. The first book is too 5 stars worthy. I forgot to mention this... you know Tarzan's infamous yell. It was first yelled by 4 different a Capella guys in the first Tarzan movies.