Tarzan, My father

An authoritative insight into the life of the man most film fans consider the “one and only” Tarzan – Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller — this book offers an intimate look at Weissmuller’s early life, middle years, and later decline, through swimming training, Olympic triumphs, failed marriages, a Hollywood life as Tarzan of the Apes, and subsequent career as Jungle Jim.
Written by his only son, this biography is a sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal of the man who was Tarzan to movie fans around the world. Johnny Junior’s inside perspective on his father’s life and career includes interviews with his father’s celebrity friends and former wives, recollections of conversations with his father over the years, and family stories involving international icons such as Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Robert Mitchum, Joe Louis, and many others. There are “surprises” in the text and many photos from private collections that have never before been printed or seen by the general public.
Roger Moore: “Johnny Weissmuller-he was a great Tarzan.”

A swinging tale of a Hollywood legend in a legendary time…
Tarzan, My Father is the authoritative biography of the first, and, for many, the only,
Tarzan: Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller. Johnny Weissmuller, Jr.,
his only son, offers an intimate look at the man who played Tarzan to movie
fans around the world. His father’s early life, middle years, and eventual decline
are all carefully chronicled, from his Olympic triumphs to the dusk of his acting
career as Jungle Jim.

With the help of his brother’s birth certificate, Hungarian-born Johnny Weissmuller
obtained his American passport and immediately began misrepresenting himself
as a native of  Windber, Pennsylvania. In 1924 he acted as ambassador for his
unwittingly adoptive country at the Olympic Games, where he won three gold medals. More medals would follow – along with failed marriages, a brilliant acting
career as Tarzan of the Apes, and friendships with icons such as Humphrey Bogart.

Johnny Jr.’s inside perspective on his father’s life and career includes debunks
popular myths and includes interviews with celebrity friends and former wives and
recollections of shared family moments. Tarzan, My Father is a work to be cherished
by any Tarzan aficionado and a must for all fans of the silver screen.

Tarzan & Jane

Tarzan & Jane, the Disney direct-to-video film released on July 23, 2002, which continues the adventures of the characters from the 1999 animated feature Tarzan, and serves as the pilot to the film’s corresponding television series

▶Tara Strong, Nicollette Sheridan, Grey DeLisle, Jim Cummings, Kevin Michael Richardson, …
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▶75 Minutes
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Tarzan Video

Tarzan is a 1999 American Animated feature film produced by Walt disney feature animation  and released by Walt disney pictures on June 18, 1999. The thirty-seventh film in the walt disney animated classic, it is based on the story Tarzan of the apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs and is the only major motion picture version of the story Tarzan property to be animated.

It was the last hit before the Disney slump of the early 2000s grossing $171,091,819 domestically and $448,191,819 worldwide, outgrossing its predecessors Hercules (1997) and Mulan (1998). At the time of its release, its production budget of $130 million made it the most expensive animated film ever made, until topped by Disney’s own $140 million Treasure Planet in 2002. It was also the first Disney animated feature to open at #1 since Pocahontas. This was the last major box office success of the disney reinassance.


In the 19th Century, an English couple and their infant son escape a burning ship, ending up on land near uncharted rainforests off the coast of Africa. The couple craft themselves a treehouse from their ship’s wreckage, but are subsequently killed by Sabor, a rogue leopardess. Kala, a female gorilla who recently lost her own child to Sabor, hears the cries of the orphaned infant, and finds him in the ruined treehouse. Though she is attacked by Sabor, Kala and the baby manage to escape. Kala takes the baby back to the gorilla troop to raise as her own, despite her mate Kerchak’s disapproval. Kala raises the human child, naming him Tarzan. Though he befriends other gorillas in the troop and other animals, including the young female gorilla Terk and the paranoid male elephant Tantor, Tarzan finds himself unable to keep up with them, and takes great efforts to improve himself. As a young man, Tarzan is able to kill Sabor with his crude spear and protect the troop, earning Kerchak’s reluctant respect.

The gorilla troop’s peaceful life is interrupted by the arrival of a team of human explorers from England, consisting of Professor Porter, his daughter Jane, and their hunter-guide Clayton. Jane is accidentally separated from the group and chased by a pack of baboons. Tarzan saves her from the baboons, and recognizes that she is the same as he is, a human. Jane leads Tarzan back to the explorers’ camp, where both Porter and Clayton take great interest in him — the former in terms of scientific progress while the latter hoping to have Tarzan lead him to the gorillas so that he can capture them and return with them to England. Despite Kerchak’s warnings to be wary of the humans, Tarzan continues to return to the camp and be taught by Porter, Clayton, and Jane to speak English and learn of the human world, and he and Jane begin to fall in love. However, they are having a hard time convincing Tarzan to lead him to the gorillas, due to Tarzan’s fear for their safety from the threat of Kerchak.

When the explorers’ boat returns to pick them up, Clayton makes Tarzan believe that if he shows the group the gorillas, then Jane will stay with him forever. Tarzan agrees and leads the party to the gorilla pack’s home, while Terk and Tantor lure Kerchak away to avoid having him attack the humans. Porter and Jane are excited to mingle with the gorillas, but Kerchak returns and threatens to kill them. Tarzan is forced to hold Kerchak at bay while the humans escape, and then leaves the troop himself, now alienated by his actions. Kala takes Tarzan to the treehouse she found him in, and shows him his true past, encouraging him to leave with Jane and the others. When they return to the gorilla home, they find Clayton and his men capturing the gorillas, and are captured themselves and taken to the waiting ship. Tarzan manages to escape with the help of his friends, and races back to the gorilla home. Kerchak and Tarzan together battle Clayton; Kerchak is fatally shot while Tarzan chases Clayton into vine-covered trees. After a fierce battle with Tarzan, Clayton is hung when a vine is caught around his neck, killing him. Kerchak, in his dying breath, accepts Tarzan as his own and names him the leader of the gorilla pack. The rest of the gorillas are freed after scaring away the rest of Clayton’s men.

The next day, as Porter and Jane prepare to leave on the ship, Tarzan reveals that he now plans to stay with the gorilla troop. As the ship leaves shore, Porter encourages his daughter to stay with the man she loves, and Jane jumps overboard to return to shore; Porter shortly follows her. The Porters reunite with Tarzan and his family and prepare for a new life together.


Main article: “Tarzan (1999 film soundtrack)”
The songs for the film were written and performed by singer Phil Collins.

Two Worlds”

“You’ll be in my heart” (featuring Glenn Close)
“Son of Man”
“Trashin’ the Camp” (featuring Rosie O’Donnell)
“Strangers like Me”

“Trashin’ the Camp” and “You’ll Be in My Heart” are the only songs in the feature to be sung by the characters; all the other songs are background music.

Ty Burr of “Entertainment Weekly” gave the soundtrack a B-, stating that it was awkwardly split between Collins’s songs and the traditional score, was burdened by too many alternate versions of the tracks, and in some instances bore similarities to “The Lion King” and Star Wars.

One of my Favorite song

“You’ll Be In My Heart”

Come stop your crying
It will be all right
Just take my hand Hold it tight

I will protect you
from all around you
I will be here
Don’t you cry

For one so small,
you seem so strong
My arms will hold you,
keep you safe and warm
This bond between us
Can’t be broken
I will be here
Don’t you cry

‘Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more

You’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be here in my heart, always

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

And you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more

Don’t listen to them
‘Cause what do they know
We need each other,
to have, to hold
They’ll see in time
I know

When destiny calls you
You must be strong
I may not be with you
But you’ve got to hold on
They’ll see in time
I know
We’ll show them together

‘Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on,
Now and forever more

Oh, you’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be in my heart, always

Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information


What is Jane’s father’s full name? Tarzan

Archimedis Q. Porter

        . He introduces himself to the gorillas as Archimedis Q. Porter at your service.
What kind of animal did Clayton teach ‘God save the Queen’? Tarzan


        . Clayton says this when he is trying to get Tarzan to tell him where the gorillas are.
Is Jane left-handed? Tarzan


        . Nope she is right-handed. We see this when she is drawing the monkey, Tarzan, and other things.
What color is the globe that Tantor is on in the Trashing The Camp scene? Tarzan

yellow and green

Which boot did the monkey take from Jane? Tarzan

Her left

What recognizable characters can be found at the campsite? Tarzan

Mrs. Potts and Chip

        . There are a few other characters from Disney movies that are in Tarzan as well. Little brother from Mulan as well as chip and Mrs. potts. I have also been told that the skeleton in the campsite is actually a disney animated short of some kind.
What is the first picture that Jane shows Tarzan? Tarzan


What did Tarzan use to destroy Sabor? Tarzan

Tip of his spear

        . The tip breaks off his spear and he uses it to kill him while in a hole.
What is Terk’s full name? Tarzan


        . Terk’s mother calls her that after Terk says about baby Tarzan,’Yeah its freaky looking ok.’
Who provides the voice for Terk? Tarzan

Rosie O’Donnell

        . When the movie was coming out in theatres, Rosie gave her studio audience Terk dolls from the movie.
‘Tarzan and the Lost City’ came out in 1998. What was the name of the lost city? Tarzan of the Movies


        . The first time Tarzan went to Opar was 1921’s ‘The Adventures of Tarzan’ with Elmo Lincoln.
Christopher Lambert played Tarzan in 1984. What was the name of this film? Tarzan of the Movies

‘Greystoke, The Legend of Tarzan’

        . This movie was about Tarzan’s early life among the apes and his first visit to civilization.
In 1962, Jock Mahoney played Tarzan for the first time. Which country did he travel to? Tarzan of the Movies


        . ‘Tarzan Goes to India’ featured the ape man traveling to India to save hundreds of elephants from drowning.
In 1959, ‘Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure’ came out. Which actor who is well-known as one of the world’s greatest secret agents played a villain? Tarzan of the Movies

Sean Connery

        . This is considered to be one of the best Tarzan movies made, featuring Gordon Scott.
How many different actors played Tarzan in the 1950s? Tarzan of the Movies


        . Lex Barker, Gordon Scott and Denny Miller all played Tarzan for a total of ten movies in the 50s.
True or False: Buster Crabbe won a gold medal in the Olympics? Tarzan of the Movies


        . Crabbe was a two-time Olympic freestyle medalist, winning bronze in 1928 for the 1500 meters and gold in 1932 for the 400 meters.
How many times did Weismueller play Tarzan? Tarzan of the Movies


        . After 1948’s ‘Tarzan and the Mermaids’, Weismueller went on to play Jungle Jim in 16 movies.
Johnny Weismueller won a gold medal in the Olympics? Tarzan of the Movies


        . He actually won three gold medals at the 1924 Olympics and two more at the 1928 games.
Johnny Weismueller was probably the most well-known of all actors to play Tarzan. Which year did he make his first appearance as the ape man? Tarzan of the Movies


        . ‘Tarzan, the Ape Man’ was remade twice, in 1959 and 1982.
In 1927, ‘Tarzan and the Golden Lion’ came out starring James Pierce. How was he related to the creator of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs? Tarzan of the Movies


        . Besides playing Tarzan in this silent movie, Jim Pierce also played Tarzan on the radio.
The first movie about Tarzan was titled what? Tarzan of the Movies

Tarzan of the Apes

        . This first movie came out in 1918 and starred Elmo Lincoln.
How many times do Tarzan and Jane kiss in the movie? Disney’s “Tarzan”


        . The first time is when Jane jumps from the boat and kisses him, and then Tarzan kisses her again after that.
What colour are the flowers that Tarzan picks for Jane? Disney’s “Tarzan”


        . Unfortunately, it turns out Jane is moving when he turns up to give them to her, as it’s the end of her expedition to Africa, and the ship has arrived to take them home.
In the “Strangers Like Me” sequence, what was written on the second page that Tarzan was reading with Jane? Disney’s “Tarzan”

see Jane run

        . This is a very important scene, and really a book end to “Son Of Man”, where Tarzan is learning how to be an ape, and in “Strangers Like Me”, he is learning how to be a man. He gets shown things to him on the magic lantern to help him learn about civilization. He learns how to speak English and he falls in love during this song.
How many times does Jane say “oh dear”, when Tarzan has her listen to his heartbeat? Disney’s “Tarzan”


        . An emotional moment for Tarzan, as it’s the first time he sees someone exactly like him.
What animal takes Jane’s drawing pad? Disney’s “Tarzan”

a baboon

        . Jane saw a baby baboon and started drawing it, but the vain monkey took it, as he liked himself so much.
At the beginning of the song, “Son Of Man”, who helps Tarzan to climb the tree, when he is struggling? Disney’s “Tarzan”


        . The song is a montage of when Tarzan’s five years of age to when twenty years old. It shows how he tries to learn how to be an ape and fit in. Terk really starts being Tarzan’s best friend in this sequence.
What does Tantor think Tarzan is, when he’s swimming in the water? Disney’s “Tarzan”

a piranha

        . Of course, piranha’s are found in South America, not Africa. This is a funny scene, where Tarzan and Terk meet Tantor. Terk tells Tarzan that to “convince the guys” he has to get an elephant hair, so he jumps into the river to get one, making all the elephants think he’s a piranha.
What kind of animal killed Tarzan’s real parents? Disney’s “Tarzan”


        . Tarzan’s parents were killed by a leopard named Sabor. The Disney studio didn’t want to create a character that had so many spots, so at one point they considered doing a panther instead, but thought it would be too much like “The Jungle Book”.
Which continent is the film set in? Disney’s “Tarzan”


        . Tarzan’s real parents ended up in Africa after a ship they were traveling on burned. They built themselves a house up in a tree, but were killed soon after by a leopard.
Which actor played the voice of Tarzan in the 1999 Disney movie “Tarzan” (Hint: He came from a family of movie producers)? You Play Quiz! You Like Quiz!

Tony Goldwyn

        . Tony Goldwyn is the grandson of producer Sam Goldwyn, and son of producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Both his father and grandfather founded motion picture companies. Eventually, their company became known as the “G” in MGM pictures.

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