‘Tarzan 3D’ Trailer Brings Modern Sci-Fi to The Classic Story

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 16th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

Fans of Tarzan can now feast their eyes on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ hero’s next big screen adaptation. Sadly, it isn’t related to David Yates’ upcoming Tarzan feature film, but instead, the animated Tarzan 3D from Constantin Films.

Featuring the voice and performance capture of Kellan Lutz (Hercules: The Legend Begins), the trailer shows that the classic story of a man raised by apes is receiving some serious updates – featuring a corporate enemy and sci-fi plot twist that may prove divisive among fans both young and old.

While this may be the first trailer for the animated film – out now in Russia and Germany – the previous trailer showed that the jungle action had been made with the 3D experience in mind. Unfortunately, the full-length English trailer features a much closer look at the actual performances and animation style, and the results are… uneven, to say the least.

If viewers felt that the first look at the animated Tarzan was a bit unsettling – neither realistic, nor abstracted enough to stroll into Dreamworks or Pixar territory – this trailer proves many of those fears are justified. Although the jungle itself looks to be a feather in the cap of the digital artists, the character design is not nearly as polished. Odd character dimensions, facial features and textures have us wondering just how much of Lutz’s performance is possible to keep intact.

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On top of the visual issues, it’s safe to say that if Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) brought more than melodrama to the animated Jane, this trailer isn’t making a fair case. ‘Wooden’ might be a strong term to describe the dialogue seen in a brief trailer, but what’s on display here seems stilted at the very least.

In terms of story, the writers of the film have done some serious reinventing to reshape Burroughs’ classic story into a modern, even futuristic tale of fantasy and science fiction. Tarzan is now the child of the deceased head of Greystoke Energies, a company now run by a power-hungry man keen on finding a renewable energy source – that just so happens to be hidden in Tarzan’s jungle home.

In other words, take the original story, add elements of Avatar and a heavy dose of acrobatic vine-traversal, and we have a much better idea of what to expect from the film. While the 3D may have piqued our interest, it seems unlikely that the film will end up making its way into most American theaters.


Tarzan 3D is out in European theaters now, currently without American distribution.

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    • LOL, yah, this has some of the most wooden facial expressions I’ve seen in modern animated movies. Heck, even the planes and cars in… well… Planes and Cars have more facial expressions than the people in this movie…

      • This looks and sounds (I literally mean the voices and sound effects) like one of those independent CGI films that you stay up late on YouTube to watch when you’re bored. Their take on the story is interesting, but come on. That CGI looks terrible. Was the entire film made by one college student?

  1. They should call this Avatarzan… cause um… well, you all can see why.

    • pocahontas called, she said for you to stop sucking joke cameron off ;)

      • Would that be “Porkahontas”?

      • Yah, The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2, True Lies, the guy is such a joke… Who can take him seriously?

  2. Could be fun…I’ll put this on my Netflix list.

    • sorry but i got to say this. do you watch anything at all in a movie theater?
      nothing against it but u seem to put eveything on netflix que list, I mean even 47 Ronin on netflix??

  3. This looks absolutely dreadful….

  4. this is terrible. the writing, the animation, the soundtrack….

  5. When you can’t even get hair to look right you got serious animation problems. And the “Me Tarzan” shtick again. Really? And the SF angle just seems out of place altogether.

    • are you an animator ? have you animated hair before ? if you don’t know wtf you’;re talking about then don’t speak as if you do. hair and dangling bits (like loose clothing) are 2 of the hardest things to master in 3d, that’s why tangled is considered one of the most expensive 3d movies made – they put heaps of money into production to get it to look right.

      this was probably made by a small studio (probably recent college graduates by the looks of it), so you can’t really expect it to be on par with a disney or dreamworks production, simply b/c it clearly has had a smaller budget =.=

  6. It could look better in my opinion I honestly don’t mind the plot it’s really the acting that throughs me off hopefully it won’t be that bad though.

  7. Meh. I’ll just get drunk and watch the Disney version again.

  8. Anyone notice that even the trailer music is the same as the trailer music for Avatar?

  9. I should have been born in the 60s or the 70s to make up for all of the good crap I missed. Ugh. They turned Tarzan into an emo pretty boy. Modern day. Seemingly annoying female character. ALIENS. NOPE. F*CK THIS! s*** like this is the reason I don’t go to movies that much anymore.

  10. looks really good. Im shocked that Disnet didnt do this.

  11. Wow, I don’t get some of the posts here. I thought the story had great potential in bringing a classic character into this day and age. I just feel worry that unless the movie is longer than the standard 88 minutes that it will come off feeling rushed.

  12. So they saw avatar and said, “That and Tarzan. Boom you got a movie”

  13. I’ve seen better animation in playstation 2 cut scenes

  14. This looks like one of those “trailers” for video games 15 years ago that were great(at the time) but made you really let down when you realized that the actual gameplay was 10 years behind…..

  15. Look, I get that they want to set this story in modern day and reinvent this character for a new generation. But that doesn’t always mean you need to throw aliens in there!

    • For todays audience you’d have to make him grim and gritty and ultra violent. Have him get hopped up on narcotic jungle plants, then brutally rape Jane and then go murder a jungle tribe or two.

      This is why Thor and Captain America didn’t do as well as the womanizing, boozing, self centered Tony Stark.