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The Voices
After an extensive search and numerous auditions, actor Tony Goldwyn was chosen to provide Tarzan's voice

After an extensive search and numerous auditions, actor Tony Goldwyn was chosen to provide Tarzan's voice. A versatile actor, Tony gave the filmmakers the special blend of qualities they were looking for. Glen Keane, the artist who animated Tarzan, says, "Tony's voice has real depth. There is a lower-register quality that has almost an animal sound to it. It works really well for the character."

Tarzan learns the ways of the wild creatures he lives with in the jungle. He swings like a monkey through the treetops and walks like a gorilla on all fours. But Tarzan's life is thrown into turmoil when he meets humans for the first time and is faced with deciding where he belongs. Forced to heroically defend those he loves, Tarzan discovers the real meaning of family and finds his true place in the world.

To capture Jane's blend of innocence, energy, and great curiosity, the filmmakers had to find a unique individual -- and they chose Minnie Driver. According to Bonnie Arnold, the film's producer, Minnie has a real talent for improvisation: "The combination of her voice and the animation is magic. You don't come across that kind of performance very often in animation."

Minnie herself remarks, "It's quite odd, hearing your voice come out of a character that doesn't really look like you. Every once in a while I see little sparks of myself in the way she narrows her eyes or the way she sticks out her tongue while she's drawing. It's very weird, but you get sucked into it immediately. I don't normally laugh at what I do, but I was on the floor laughing at Jane. Doing the voice of Jane has been one of my all-time favorite jobs."

Jane is a cultured young lady from London who is initially uncomfortable trekking through the dense jungle landscape. But with her keen sensitivity, optimistic outlook, and unfailing sense of humor, Jane is open to discovery and soon blossoms amid the excitement and danger of this exotic place. Intelligent and courageous, Jane finds adventure, love, and a new home with Tarzan and his family.

If it were up to hilarious talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell, Disney would rename the movie "Terk," an attitude right in stride with the humorous, witty part she plays in the film. Terk is Tarzan's best gorilla friend. "One of the things that the directors really wanted was to have Terk stand out from the other gorillas," recalls Mike Surrey, the lead animator.

"Eventually we came up with a design that had Rosie's pouty cheeks and a mop of hair. She has a small mouth and tends to talk out of the side of it. One of the hardest things was finding the right tone for the character. We wanted her to be funny but not abrasive."

O'Donnell was thrilled to be offered the part, but she did have one rather specific demand. "I told them I have to have a song," she recalls. "I love the Disney musical legacy and I really wanted to be part of it. Working with Phil Collins on the 'Trashing the Camp' number was a lot of fun." The mother of two children, Rosie found the story of Tarzan very relevant. "It has to do with heart connection. A family consists of those who nurture and love you."

Terk loves the spotlight, and she's perfect "big sister" material for Tarzan -- protective, concerned, and absolutely convinced that Tarzan can't survive without her. Terk loves telling Tarzan what to do -- that is, until Tarzan's physical strength proves he can hold her in a headlo


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