Tarzan of the Apes (1999 film)

Tarzan of the Apes is a 1999 animated musical adventure film produced by Diane Eskenazi and Darcy Wright and written by Mark Young (based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs). Richard Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries was used as the score during the opening scenes of the film. It was released directly to home video on March 9, 1999. The apes appear to be chimpanzees in this version, unlike the unrelated 1999 Disney film in which they are gorillas.

Tarzan of the Apes
DVD cover
Produced byDiane Eskenazi
Darcy Wright
Written byMark Young
based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Distributed bySony Wonder
Sony Music Entertainment
Release date
  • March 9, 1999 (1999-03-09)
Running time
48 minutes
CountryUnited States


John and Alice Clayton (Lord and Lady Greystoke) are marooned on the coast of Africa, where their son, John Clayton, Jr., is born. The baby is orphaned when both parents die of a mysterious disease, but is adopted by Kala and Kerchak, members of the tribe of Brown Apes.

The baby, christened Tarzan ("White Skin") by Kala, grows to adulthood among the apes, and eventually discovers the cabin where his parents lived. He teaches himself to read and write using the books there. He also discovers a cache of gold coins secreted beneath a loose floorboard in the cabin.

Jane Porter, her father, Professor Archimedes Porter, and Esmerelda, their cockney housekeeper, are shipwrecked at the same location, and soon Jane and Tarzan fall in love. The Porters and Esmerelda are rescued and sail to America, believing that Tarzan has been killed.

Tarzan, with the help of Lieutenant Paul D'Arnot, sails to Baltimore, Maryland where he is reunited with Jane. Tarzan's identity as Lord Greystoke is discovered, and he and Jane are married and return to Africa.


The voice cast was uncredited in this film.


"Child of My Dreams", "Tarzan of the Apes" and "Everlasting Love".

Production notes

The film was released as part of the Sony Wonder Enchanted Tales series.

The film was produced in 1997, but was only released to home video just before the debut of the Disney Tarzan production.

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