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
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
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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