When it comes to movie adaptations of classic children’s stories – from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Hunchback of Notre Dame – 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)
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.
The 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.
Tarzan is out in German theaters on October 10, 2013. We’ll keep you updated on any further news regarding a US release.
Culled from screenrant.com
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