My opinion right after watching the film
My opinion on this film is kind of all over the place. I like what they did with having Tarzan try to find an identity, and to have him temporarily run away, but the new characters are too over-the-top and unlikable for me to bear through the film. There is also an overly childish atmosphere in the film, and it makes the story hard to get into.
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The story starts with a child Tarzan (Harrison Chad) running from a monster with Tantor (Harrison Fahn), which ends up being Terk (Brenda Grate) in disguise, because Tarzan feels like he needs to be faster to fit in. He ends up trying to catch up to Terk, which ends up with a bunch of other gorillas following him. They cause a bunch of chaos, and their mothers tell them not to hang out with Tarzan anymore, since he is dangerous. Kala (Glenn Close) still supports Tarzan, and goes on about a tree analogy, saying that every branch is important to the tree, connecting it to him being important to the family.
The two I am referring to are named Uto (Brad Garrett) and Kago (Ron Perlman), who are such baffoons, and never shut up. Their mother Gunda (Estelle Harris) is no better. They are all scared of some monster, and Tarzan ends up running into another ape named Zugor (George Carlin). He begs Zugor to let him stay with him, which the latter refuses for a while, only to ultimately give in after Tarzan realizes that he is pretending to be a monster to scare everyone off.
Terk and Tantor end up with the 3 annoying apes, which ends up being a battle trade between which characters are the most obnoxious and grating. Zugor ends up realizing that Tarzan is good at vies, and is very crafty, identifying him as…… a Tarzan -_-. If that is not a cheapshot, than I don’t know what is.
Terk is trapped by the stupid apes, and has the brothers turn on one another, so he can escape. He saves Tantor, who was trapped in a hole the entire time, and Tarzan randomly reunites with them.
Kala bumps into the obnoxious trip of apes, and they knock her (and the other baby apes) off a cliff, but ends up on a ledge. Zugor quickly returns, and all of them help save them. The sidekicks grabbed the babies to climb them to safety, and Tarzan saves his mother During this time, Zugor and Mama Ape ends up falling in love as they are fighting? What the heck?
They even give us a rushed conclusion of the obnoxious trio suddenly letting things go to let Zugor living with them and Tarzan I guess has more confidence in himself. I thought he has his huge epiphany when he was an adult, but whatever needs to happen to finish the film.
I would have to say that the characters are the weakest aspect in the film. A lot of them were either too obnoxious, offered little to nothing, or were just there and left me numb.
The animation is pretty nice. The character designs are accurate to the ones in the original film, backgrounds are still nice to look at and have some detail, and the colors are nice. There really is no other word other than nice to describe it.
What I noticed about the music is that they replayed some of the songs from the original, and if there were new songs, they were not memorable. The score was decent enough.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on June 14th, 2005, it received some negative reviews for being a needless midquel, and at this point, people were tired of the DisneyToon canon. It won some Annies and a DVD award.
As of today, people do not think highly of this film, calling it a poor attempt of a midquel, and finding that there is no joy in it. It is not as hated as some of the others in the canon, but there is not many people thinking of it when it is not being bashed.