Director Brian Smith
Film series Tarzan
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
|Release date June 14, 2005 (2005-06-14)|
Writer Edgar Rice Burroughs ("Tarzan" stories), Jim Kammerud (screenplay), Brian Smith (screenplay), Bob Tzudiker (screenplay), Noni White (screenplay), Evan Spiliotopoulos (additional story material), Rhett Reese (additional story material)
Featured songs Leaving Home (Find My Way), Who Am I
Cast Harrison Chad (Tarzan (voice)), George Carlin (Zugor (voice)), Brad Garrett (Uto (voice)), Ron Perlman (Kago (voice)), Estelle Harris (Mama Gunda (voice)), Glenn Close (Kala (voice))
Similar movies Tarzan's Desert Mystery, Tarzan and the Huntress, Shame of the Jungle, King of the Jungle, The New Adventures of Tarzan, Tarzan and the Brown Prince
Tagline The Legend Begins
Tarzan 2 Trailer
Tarzan II (also known as Tarzan II: The Legend Begins) is a 2005 direct-to-video animated film, a followup to the 1999 Walt Disney Feature Animation film Tarzan. It was released on June 14, 2005 on DVD and VHS.
The film tells the story of young Tarzan's adventure to discover who he really is. Glenn Close and Lance Henriksen reprise their roles as Kala and Kerchak from the first film, while Harrison Chad, Brenda Grate, and Harrison Fahn are the new voices for the younger versions of Tarzan, Terk, and Tantor. They are joined by new characters voiced by George Carlin, Estelle Harris, Brad Garrett, and Ron Perlman.
As a young boy being raised by gorillas after his parents were killed in an African jungle, Tarzan (Harrison Chad) is worried that a fabled monster known as the Zugor (George Carlin) will someday attempt to capture him. He is disappointed that he can't run as quickly as the other young apes in his family, and his attempts to prove himself keep resulting in chaos. When an accident leaves his ape mother, Kala (Glenn Close), thinking that Tarzan has died, the other apes feel that Tarzan has reached a fitting end. Tarzan believes it best for everyone involved if he runs away.
Alone in the jungle, Tarzan gets pursued by Sabor the leopard right to a rocky place known as the Dark Mountain, inhabited by two hulking, spoiled gorilla brothers, Uto and Kago (Brad Garrett and Ron Perlman), and their controlling, over-protective Mama Gunda (Estelle Harris). But Uto and Kago fear the Zugor as much as Tarzan does, and when the booming call of the monster echoes through the valley, Tarzan is able to escape from them. He encounters a crotchety old gorilla who at first keeps the boy distant, but Tarzan discovers that this old gorilla is actually the Zugor, who uses hollow trees as megaphones to amplify his voice and pretend to be a monster to scare other jungle creatures away from his territory and food. Tarzan uses this discovery to force Zugor into letting the boy stay with him. Thanks to Tarzan's cheerfulness and helpfulness, Zugor begins to warm up to him as Tarzan continues to try to figure out what he is.
Tarzan's two best friends, Terk and Tantor (Brenda Grate and Harrison Fahn), come looking for him, but Tarzan does not want to return home with them. It is only when Kala arrives and encounters trouble with Gunda, Uto, and Kago that Tarzan finally realizes what he is supposed to be: a Tarzan, with his own special tricks that no one else in the jungle can do. Terk and Tantor eventually rescue Tarzan and become best friends once again. Tarzan tells Kala that she was right before, and that he is a part of his family. The film ends when Kala gives Tarzan a hug and tells him how proud she is of him for rescuing her from Uto and Kago, after which Mama Gunda punishes them for destroying Zugor's tree house and Terk and Tantor are finally reunited with Tarzan.
The film won a DVDX Award for Best Original Score (in a DVD Premiere Movie) in 2006 and 2010. It was also nominated in 2006 and 2010 for the Annie Award for Home Entertainment Production and for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role - Young Actress Brenda Grate. The film holds a score of 33% on Rotten Tomatoes where it received praise for good animation but was criticized for being a needless prequel.
The film features two new songs written and performed by Phil Collins, "Leaving Home (Find My Way)" and "Who Am I?" (the latter also performed by Tiffany Evans). The score for the film was composed by Mark Mancina and Dave Metzger.
ReferencesTarzan II Wikipedia
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