Flashback Friday- Tarzan Double Feature- Tarzan The Ape Man (1932) & Tarzan (1999)

There are some stories that are continuously retold again and again. One of these is Tarzan.  Originally created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan  made his debut in 1912 first in a magazine, then in a novel.

Hollywood’s first crack at bringing Tarzan to the big screen was Tarzan The Ape Man (1932). Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) was raised in the jungle.  James Parker ( C. Aubrey Smith) and Harry Holt (Neil Hamilton) are traders looking to make their fortunes in ivory. Along for the adventure is James’s daughter Jane (Maureen O’Sullivan). They are hoping for an easy journey. What they don’t expect is Tarzan and his attraction to Jane.

This pre-code Tarzan is everything that audience expects that a Tarzan movie should be.  What makes it stand out from the Tarzan movies that have come since then is that this movie is pre code. In laymen’s terms, this movie is not rated G.

In 1999, Disney decided to put their own spin on the classic story. Turned into a cartoon, Tony Goldwyn is the voice of Tarzan and Minnie Driver is the voice of Jane.

This movie is, like all Disney adaptations, is well, Disneyfied. While it is not the best adaptation, it is an interesting way to introduce the kids to Tarzan.

Do I recommend them? The 1932 Tarzan, yes. The Disney Tarzan, not really.

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