‘Tarzan 3D’ Trailer Takes You On a Scenic Jungle Adventure

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When it comes to movie adaptations of classic children’s stories – from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Hunchback of Notre Dame – the Disney versions frequently tend to be the yardstick by which later films are measured. As far as visuals go, Disney’s 1999 film Tarzan is something of a titan of innovation, being the first film to use the Deep Canvas technique in its animation (which made it possible to create a painterly textured 3D environment through which a 2D character could move). Because of this legacy, striking out with a new animated film based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ books poses a challenge for any studio.

There is, however, a brand new version of Tarzan heading to theaters this year, which was animated using motion capture performances and designed to be seen in 3D. The film was directed by Reinhard Klooss (Animals United) from a script written by Klooss, Jessica Postigo and Yoni Brenner, and was financed and produced by German studio Constantin Film (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones). The studio has just released a full trailer for Tarzan, and the film’s imagery looks pretty stunning: from the crash that lands Tarzan with his new family, to the extensive sequences of him running and swinging through the trees.

The trailer is in German, but the dialogue is minimal and it doesn’t take a vast knowledge of linguistics to figure out what “Ich Tarzan, du Jane” means. The only thing you will miss out on is the actual 3D experience, but even when viewed in 2D it’s easy to tell that the animation for the film has been designed specifically with the 3D format in mind. What with all the swinging on vines and jumping from irresponsible heights, Tarzan is a tale that lends itself very naturally to 3D, so much so that somewhere down the line we will probably get a 3D rerelease of the Disney version.

Tarzan 3D poster Tarzan 3D Trailer Takes You On a Scenic Jungle Adventure

There are a few differences in this latest incarnation of Tarzan, compared to the original novel and previous adaptations thereof. The orphan is three years old when he is lost in the helicopter crash, rather than being an infant, which means that he could feasibly still have some memories of his parents and of human language when he meets Jane at the age of fourteen. He also has another name – John Jr. – and a heritage as the son of entrepreneur John Greystoke, the founder and owner of Greystoke Industries. Resident bad guy William Clayton shows up in the jungle when Tarzan accidentally triggers a signal in the helicopter wreckage, and has some sort of plan to destroy the ecosystem that Tarzan was raised in.

In the English-language voice cast for Tarzan is Kellan Lutz – who played Emmett the Dude Vampire in the Twilight franchise – as Tarzan himself, and Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Jane Porter. The movie doesn’t, however, have a US release date yet, as the North American distribution rights have yet to be sold. Hopefully they’ll be picked up soon, as it would be a shame if these film went straight to DVD without US audiences getting a chance to see it in 3D on the big screen.

Interestingly, this isn’t the only Tarzan movie to be developed in recent years (one of the benefits of public domain works). Warner Bros has a live-action version in development, with True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård in the lead and Jessica Chastain set to play Jane, and if things pick up again (the production offices were shut down earlier this year), filming should begin some time in 2014. The reasons behind the resurgence of interest in the boy raised by apes is unclear – perhaps it’s just a case of nineties nostalgia.


Tarzan is out in German theaters on October 10, 2013. We’ll keep you updated on any further news regarding a US release.

Source: Constantin Film

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  1. This looks AWFUL, and this is coming from an animation fan.

    Can we just get a Tarzan 99′ Blu-ray release?

    • You kidding me, right ? I am so watching it!

      • Nuh-uh….

      • Shenna is bored.

    • Phil Collins = The Feels.

  2. They are never going to properly adapt the books, because in most peoples minds Tarzan is a kids story. Read the book, and make a close adaptation of that.

    • yep

  3. I agree, an adult version of Tarzan is long over due. It’s time to see Tarzan breaking some backs.

  4. This movie looks great to me. Very pretty and good swinging action. This actually makes me want to finish my German Language courses. I hope it gets an English release. Maybe they’ll even re-do the lip animations.

    • The faces were actually animated to English dialog, spoken by the motion-captured actors. So the original version will be in English. This German version is dubbed.

      • I still might see it in German on DVD. I think Tarzan learning to speak would help teach people the language as well.

  5. I think I just might give this a look on Netflix when available, animation looks kind of interesting. Hope they were not trying to model adult (teenage) Tarzan’s face after Tom Cruise’s sappy smile, tho. Still, might be an interesting evening’s diversion. I would consider the live-action one from Warner also, IF well-done.

  6. Just out of curiosity is it just too hard to make a live action tarzan movie that is closely based off the books? I’m getting kinda tired of seeing a lot of animations that would work perfectly well in live action (that involve people).

    • What you mean like “Polar Express” and “Tin Tin”? My favorite Tarzan movie is “Greystoke: The Legnd of Tarzan”. It’s not for everyone but It was a mature telling of an origin story.

  7. This looks terrible!
    Why does everybody seem to think that Tarzan was raised by gorillas? He was raised by the Great Apes! Completely different animal!
    Also, Tarzan and Jane were supposed to be the best looking humans that earth had to offer! John Greystoke was the product of generations breeding in high class British families. Jane was the beauty of the south in the States. This Tarzan is just plain scrawny and not a picture of physical manliness…and the Jane is downright ugly.
    absolutely terrible!
    I hope the WB take on the story will be better!

    • We all have different tastes. Perhaps the Germans think this Tarzan and Jane are beautiful.

      As for the Gorillas, well, technically Gorillas ARE great apes, but yeah I know you mean Chimpanzees.

    • Doesn’t matter what lineage you’re from, if you had to live your whole life in a jungle among gorillas you wouldn’t look very ‘high class’ or handsome.

    • “John Greystoke was the product of generations breeding in high class British families.”
      hahahaha yeah that centuries-long INbreeding is the reason most royal descandants look so very “special” today. what bizarre thinking just because they are rich they also must have high quality genetic material to offer…

      and “Great Apes”? better look that term up again

  8. The trailer from the 1999 Disney movie is loads better!
    However, it is the fault of that movie that people think it is a children’s story. That could not be farther from the truth. Tarzan was a badass among badasses. Lions would not mess with a herd of the great apes in the stories. Why can’t we do a more faithful live-action adaption of the books?!

  9. Two Worlds… One FAM-IL-LEEEEEEEE!

  10. Ugh … -_-

  11. wow, cutting edge video game graphics from 2002…

  12. I’m not digging the animation. The environments look gorgeous but I feel like I’m watching a direct to video animated film.

  13. “Tarzan do Jane, Tarzan do Jane” is it me or he said it ? oh well.

    • He was saying “I Tarzan, you Jane” in German.

  14. I enjoyed Disney’s version of the story, but, for me, the best adaptation has to be the 1984 version starring Christopher Lambert, a dubbed Andie McDowell, Ian Holm and James Fox.

  15. My eyes are bleeding.

  16. Slightly off topic, but I just need to point out that The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ s source material Notre-Dame de Paris is far from being a classic children’s story…

  17. yeah this looks awful. To cartoony and hammy to appeal to adults, but not enough style to appeal to kids. Auto-fail