I have written about plenty of animated films here, I am a huge fan. And there is so much more available to audiences than just Disney nowadays. But Disney still has the majority of the shares in the animation film market for a reason. They know (most of the time) how to do animation right to make it entertaining and accessible for audiences of all ages. They have been methodically releasing their classics on Blu-ray over the past few years and one of my favorites hits shelves this week.
Off the coast of Africa a shipwreck leaves a man, his wife and baby boy stranded in the jungles of Africa. The baby’s parents are resourceful and build a shelter and provide food for the family, but they have no defense against a vicious leopard attack that leaves the baby all alone. Found by a mother gorilla that lost her own child, the baby is raised by a group of gorillas to be one of their own, growing up to be Tarzan. But when a group of explorers discovers the group, it may change Tarzan’s life forever.
When Tarzan was released, it was the third in a series of Disney animated films that was trying a new, more angular style of animation. It didn’t fare too well at first with Hercules but Mulan and Tarzan both performed better at the box office and they also became two of the most beloved of Disney’s modern tales. Tarzan is thoroughly entertaining with phenomenal voice acting by the likes of Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight and Rosie O’Donnell. The story is a much more simplified version of the Edgar Rice Burroughs literary classic but still works exceedingly well. The humor is fast and funny with lots of references for the parents watching, and the animation is gorgeous and lush. Tarzan definitely deserves to be up there with the best Disney has to offer.
The Blu-ray is absolutely stunning. Even on DVD Tarzan was terrific looking but the Blu-ray really takes everything to the next level. The colors are bold and bright with warm earthy tones, the animation lines are sharp and the detail is superb. The soundtrack is a noticeable improvement as well with lots of activity in all channels. Tarzan may be a little overlooked in the Disney catalog but it shouldn’t be. Tarzan is absolutely king of the jungle.
Available now on Blu-ray.