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Son of Man, In Time You'll be
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About the Movie
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The Ape Man.
I'll be honest with you for a second, I've never been a big Disney fan. I don't really deem the “classic” Disney films as such (although I understand why they are called that) and I have only seen a couple of the more modern films.

Of what I have seen, they are usually pretty entertaining. I quite enjoyed Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Mulan, and found The Lion King and A Goofy Movie to pretty good too. But throughout the years, one Disney film has always kept cropping up in my favourite films. Tarzan. The one and only. So let’s explore in the deep jungle and find out why I like it so much.
Quote Over the years, Disney have created great heroes unique to their universe, or adapting old stories and giving that great Disney feel. Aladdin, Peter Pan, Milo Thatch and dozens more heroes over the years have been focus on their respective movies.

Like some my favourite movies like Castaway and Groundhog Day, is all about one character. Tarzan is a unique, interesting Character, something very different to what we have seen before. He is the sole focus, with time elapsing from a short time as a baby, with another time-lapse as a child, to him growing into an adult.

We see Tarzan develop more and more, as we observe with great interest because of the uniqueness of the character. He is very intelligent, being able to speak Gorilla, walk like a Gorilla and able to work things out using his unlocked human brain. He also has great agility and movement that are second to none. He can swing from vines, tree surf down large tree trunks and use his strength to take down any foe that dares to tangle with him.

Tarzan is like a superhero. He has elements of a few superheroes: Spiderman’s swinging ability, Batman’s detective skills, Superman’s agility and The Flash’s speed. Tarzan also has something that those aforementioned heroes don’t have: a way with the animals like no normal human. This is evident throughout the film. The Gorillas treat him like one of their own, he talks to Terk and Tantor the elephant like he is his best mate.
[Tarzan]Look how amazing that Jungle looks! Man, Tarzan is lucky to live there...
But then things get complicated when Jane and company arrive on the scene. We have seen Tarzan grow up from a newborn baby, so seeing his interactions with the humans and their strange world is some fascinating viewing. How would you react if your world got invaded by strange creatures?

Tarzan also has an upper hand that a lot of traditionally animated films have had seen – CGI. I think it’s sad that hand-drawn big-budget movies are getting rarer and rarer as time goes on. I think Tarzan (and Atlantis: The Lost Empire which was released two years later) get the mix spot on – Traditional Animation with uses of CGI either for specific objects or for background scenery. This meant that Tarzan is one of the best animated movies of all time. As much I like CGI movies (Toy Story and How To Train Your Dragon look fantastic), there’s something about this style of animation that suits Disney down to the tee.

One of the reasons why I don’t like a lot of Disney films are I don’t really like traditional musicals. Thankfully Tarzan avoids the norm and has songs from Phill Collins. Phil Collins is known for his great vocals and drum work, (from his solo work and in Genesis) and with the African theme of the film, his style reflects in his work here. It's well known the soundtrack adds to the magic of a film, and no one can do that like Disney.

With only a handful of great songs, the rest of the film has a good mixture of story and action. Don’t like when the story moves too slowly? Well Tarzan doesn’t do this, as it moves along at a nice steady pace. These great “story” scenes are also coupled with some fantastic action sequences, making it a great mix between Action, Story and Songs. This makes the film great for those who like these different genre's.

Closing Thoughts
Classic Classic
Tarzan isn't your typical Disney film. It has lots of Disney-ique things in it, but it has a unique style. Widely considered as one of the last great Disney films, I would go one step further. I would say it is one of Disney's very best.

My One Big Highlight
Spiderman I know it's a little cliché to say the last scene, but its one of my favourite moments. The tree sliding by Tarzan, the reprise of Two Worlds (with the film coming full circle from the beginning of the movie with the same track) and that trademark Tarzan call, it just ended the movie perfectly.
Elephant In the Room
elephantThe further you get to the top of the list, the harder it is to come up with anything bad… WAIT I HAVE FOUND THE ELEPHANT AT LAST! WHAT DO I WIN?
Minor Spoilers
[Jungle]Tarzan vs Sabor: who will win?
Movie tie in games generally have a bad reputation of straying to far from the source material, and changing to many things about the movie you love watching. Personally, I don't mind if they slightly change things to suit gameplay and make the levels more fun. Tarzan has a good mix of being a good movie tie-in and a good platformer. Notice I said good not great? I’ll come back to that.

The Tarzan video game, for the most part, uses a 2.5D perspective – which is 2D gameplay in a 3D environment. This 2.5D style works great and makes for some interesting levels. Because of the nature of the film, most levels are set within a jungle environment, but it does offer other level environments to explore.

Highlights include the Trashin' the camp level, where you play as Terk through the human camp, and Rockin the boat, where you explore Clayton's ship. Fighting Sabor is also a highlight, since I had never played anything with knife combat before. This keeps things from getting too repetitive.

Like the film, Tarzan has a lot of skills and he puts them to good use in the film. Tarzan has all the skills from the movie that made the character famous, plus some more abilities that we don't see. This includes: Tree surfing, Tree climbing, Vine swinging, Swimming, Using his spears, Floor bashing, Using monkey bars and throwing fruit at enemies.
[Jungle]Let's explore the campsite and see what we will find...
Bonus levels only add to his impressive range of skills, with him riding lilly pads down fast-flowing streams, riding storks and riding Tantor the elephant. Tarzan is a very versatile character, and it shows in the gameplay too, making him a fun playable character.

Like the Toy Story 2 video game, the game has a lot of things to collect. Along with the normal coins, you also have the six letters of Tarzan spread throughout each level, along with four money sketches. Some of these are quite well hidden, thanks to the multiple paths and different camera angles the game throws at you, just to keep you from finding all those collectables too easily.

Disney has a good reputation for having great songs to its films and Tarzan is no exception. The game uses these with great effect, while giving lots of new memorable tunes to follow suit. For the main menu, an instrumental of two worlds is used. The end of level screen uses a unique take on the same song. Coming of Age, Trashin’ the camp and Campsite Commotion all use unique instrumental versions of Son of Man, Trashin’ the camp and Strangers Like me. Coupled with some good custom tracks for the other levels, it's a really solid soundtrack.

So does the game follow the movie closely? Or does it just do it’s own thing? Well I’m glad to report that it does a mixture of both:
> Welcome to the jungle (LV1), Going Ape (LV2), Coming of Age (LV5), Journey to the Treehouse (LV10) follow events that weren’t explored in the film.
> The Elephant Hair Dare (LV3), Campsite Commotion (LV9), Tarzan to the Rescue (LV12) expand on scenes that were briefly featured in the film.
> Stampede (LV4), Sabor Attacks (LV6), The Baboon Chase (LV7), Trashing the Camp (LV8) are directly based on the scenes from the movie.
> Rockin the Boat (LV11) and Conflict with Clayton (LV13) – are interesting levels. These act as alternative scenes from the movie. In Rockin The Boat, the film has Tantor and Terk breaking Tarzan and everyone free. The game has Tarzan escaping himself and fending off all of Clayton's goons. Conflict with Clayton has a very different fight scene with Clayton, that is also less frantic than the movie version.

So let’s approach the Elephant in the Room: The controls. The jumping is a little floaty and there is a slight delay when pressing an action button. It’s not a game breaker, but the game would be a classic like Toy Story 2 if the controls were a little tighter.

Closing Thoughts
If it wasn’t for this game, I wouldn’t of explored the movie or it’s soundtrack, and made me a big fan as I am today. The game has a lot going for it: the variety of gameplay, the many abilities of Tarzan, the awesome game soundtrack. It’s a faithful video game adaptation with most levels taking place between events in the film, and adding more to existing scenes. This all adds to the movie tie in experience, and makes Tarzan a good game. It’s a shame about those controls through...
Superb Soundtrack
Minor Spoilers
[Jungle]♫ I can see there is too much to learn... ♫
Tarzan is one of the best soundtracks that Disney has ever produced, and it is my favourite movie soundtrack of all time. After seeing the movie for the hundredth time, I had a deeper appreciation for the soundtrack. Here's my favourite lines from the songs.
Two Worlds
Put your faith in what you most believe in
Disney films are known for uplifting messages, and the opening line from Two worlds is precisely that.
Every moment now the bond grows stronger, Two worlds, one family.
The sense that all the people and creatures in the jungle are one big family, does make more and more sense as the film progresses. These two lines come from the reprise version of the song, backing up this statement.
You'll be in my Heart
Come stop your crying, It will be alright.
Just take my hand, Hold it tight.
I will protect you, From all around you,
I will be here, Don't you cry.
There's a reason why children need there mothers. Or more accurately, people who act like mothers. Tarzan needs a mother figure in his life, hence why Kala fits the bill perfectly. Right from the beginning of the film, their relationship is strong. Very strong.
For one so small, You seem so strong.
This is a sign of things to come. Tarzan is very strong, considering his size compared to his fellow Gorillas. Yet, he can hold his own.
This bond between us, can't be broken.
No matter what happens in the film, Tarzan's bond with Kala cannot be broken.
Why can't they understand the way we feel?
They just don't trust, what they can't explain.
I know we're different but, deep inside us.
We're not that different at all.
This links back to the main message of the first song, Two worlds, one family. Tarzan maybe very different in terms of appearance to the Gorillas, but they have a lot in common too. Hence why they accepted Tarzan into the family.
When destiny calls you, You must be strong (you gotta be strong)
This foreshadowing later in the film, with things take a turn for the worse, with both Sabora and the presence of the humans.
[The crew]♫ Why do I have this growing need to be beside her? ♫
Son of Man
Oh, the power to be strong,
Similar the lyric from the previous song, For one so small, You seem so strong, it shows Tarzan puts in a lot of effort to be like his fellow Gorillas.
And the wisdom to be wise.
All these things will come to you in time.
On this journey that you're making.
There'll be answers that you'll seek.
And it's you who'll climb the mountain,
It's you who'll reach the peak.
This is referencing the next song, Strangers Like Me, in the sense that all the things that Tarzan is learning, he will eventually master it all. The king of the jungle. Or more accurately than that, the master of the jungle.
Strangers Like Me
Whatever you do, I'll do it too,
Show me everything and tell me how.
I can see there's so much to learn,
It's all so close and yet so far.
Tarzan has so much to learn, so anything and everything that Jane and the Professor can teach Tarzan about the another world is all new. Tarzan doesn't seem to be fazed by all the new things he learns, he embraces it. However, he knows there's much more he learns to learn.
Every gesture, every move that she makes,
Makes me feel like never before.
Why do I have, this growing need to be beside her.
Just when Tarzan starts learning out the real world, it's the feeling of love that makes him so confused. She is the most beautiful person he has ever seen, but he doesn't know why.
Ooo, these emotions I never knew,
Of some other world far beyond this place.
Beyond the trees, above the clouds,
I see before me a new horizon.
Tarzan has now got a lot of knowledge about the other world. But why is it so different to the world he knows? Does that mean there's two worlds?
Come with me now to see my world.
Where there's beauty beyond your dreams.
Can you feel the things I feel,
Right now, with you.
Take my hand, there's a world I need to know.
Jane has shown Tarzan her world, now it's Tarzan turn to return the favour. Tarzan knows all the secrets of the jungle, and is able to show Jane only a small portion of it, but she loves it.
Trashin' the Camp
Shooby doop dobby dop dobby doop dobby dah dah doo dap,
Do bop she doo whoo
Ooh, shooby doop dobby dop dobby doop dobby dah dah doo dap
Yep, just as I suspected – I have no idea what that means. Erm… analysis… its catchy? Yes, its catchy!