For every serious story, there is the perfect parody. For Tarzan, that is George Of The Jungle (1997).
Based on the 1967 animated series, the movie stars Brendan Fraser as the dopey, not all there Tarzan wannabe and Leslie Mann as Ursula Stanhope. George’s parents were killed in a plane crash as it traveled over the jungle. He was discovered by and raised by the wise Ape (voiced by John Cleese). As an adult, George meets Ursula when she is part of a safari. They form a relationship and Ursula takes him back to the United States to meet her family. Ursula and George together in the jungle is easy. Ursula and George in the states with her trying not to be judgmental parents, is not easy. Will their relationship work or will their differences tear them apart?
The movie, like the television show does not require a lot of brain cells. George is not the sharpest nail in the tool box. But it is a fun movie and sometimes, I don’t, at least, don’t want to think. I just want to enjoy the movie.
I recommend it.
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.