The voice talents
that brought this memorable movie to life.
Tony Goldwyn - Tarzan
Goldwyn, the talented actor/director (who directed Miramax's, A
Walk on the Moon), enjoyed doing the part of Tarzan. He
found it to be one of the most interesting and challenging
of anything he's done in his career. "Doing an animated voice
like this is an acting experience like no other and a great exercise
for an actor," he commented, "you don't have sets or costumes so
you have to really let your imagination take over."
Driver - Jane
Driver (Circle of Friends, The Governess and Good
Will Hunting) says doing the voice of Jane has been one of her
all-time favorite jobs. "I knew what I wanted Jane to be from
the start," she said, "She's [Jane] very adventurous, funny and
gutsy and I like those qualities in women." Driver gave a
whole new spin to the traditional role of the Jane character, and
directors let her improvise and create her.
O'Donnell - Terk
O'Donnell, one of the most popular television talk show hosts (The
Rosie O'Donnell Show), brings Terk, Tarzan's playful prankster
and loyal gorilla friend, to life. When she read the script
she was thrilled with the touching story about family and adoption,
and loved Terk's tough yet heart-warming character. Being
a life-long fan of Disney's animation, it didn't take too much to
talk her into accepting the part. "I'm thrilled! It's great
fun to finally be in one," she said.
insisted that she have a song to sing. Luckily Phil Collins
had already written, Trashin' the Camp, which is made for
Rosie's character. "I love the Disney musical legacy and really
wanted to be a part of it," recalls Rosie. "Recording with
Phil was fun and a bit overwhelming. After the first take, Phil
said, 'Alright Rosie, it's very nice but it's a bit under and we've
got to get it in pocket.' I said, 'Okay, sure' but I didn't have
a clue what he meant. Where's the pocket? It was like a foreign
language to me. I just kept saying "yes", and doing it over
and over again for about 45 takes."
Close - Kala
Glenn Close is best known for her Disney role as Cruella De Vil
in the live action movie, 101 Dalmations. Providing
the tender and loving voice of Kala, the gorilla who adopts Tarzan,
was a new and rewarding experience for Close. "What's lovely
about Kala is that she's a strong mother figure," she explains.
"The twist here is that the child is an aberration, but she still
protects him and teaches him that his worth is on the inside.
That's a beautiful message for any child."
Lance Henriksen - Kerchak
Lance Henriksen (The Terminator, and Aliens) has an
excellent voice for the powerful and protective patriarch of the
gorilla family, Kerchak. He recalls, "After they showed
me a drawing of the character, I felt compelled to try to do the
physical movements. And I quickly realised that I was a very
weak gorilla." Henriksen added, "There's nothing quite like doing
an animated film. It's a beautiful process filled with exciting
Wayne Knight - Tantor
actor Wayne Knight (3rd Rock From the Sun, Jurassic Park,
and Space Jam) is the voice and personality of Tantor,
Tarzan's nervous elephant pal. Knight loves doing animations
and has a solid animation career. "As an actor, you're always
critiquing how you perform and how you look. Here, it's not
me at all and I can watch it without worrying about things and saying
'Why did you do that?'" Listen for Knight in Disney's upcoming
animation, Toy Story 2, as the evil toy.
Brian Blessed - Clayton
adventurer Brian Blessed (scaled Mt. Everet and Mt. McKinley), and
actor, gives the villian, Clayton his intimidating voice.
His dimples, big teeth and great smile had an influence on supervising
animator Randy Haycock as he was designing the character.
"This project has been pure magic," Blessed commented. "Seeing Randy
draw me as Clayton was the most magical moment of my life. The animation
becomes a gateway to an inner reality."
Hawthorne - Porter
Nigel Hawthorne (The Madness of King George) gives the giddy
voice to Professor Porter, Jane's good-natured and dotty daddy.
He's always loved Africa and wildlife so putting these qualities
into Porter was not too difficult for him. "My responsibility on
the film was to try and create a believable character. The only
way to do this is to press the boundaries as far out as you can
possibly go. If you don't exeriment, you end up with something rather
dull," Hawthorne advises.
D. Linz - Young Tarzan
the most sought after young actors, Alex D. Linz (One Fine Day,
and Home Alone 3), gives the 5-year-old Tarzan, who tries
to fit in with his animal pals, his energetic voice. "I especially
liked having to make all those animal sounds when Tarzan is trying
to imitate jungle noises," Linz says. "And the storyboards help
you picture what the action is going to be like." When he's
not acting or doing voices Linz enjoys what other 10-year-old kids
like - football and playing video games.
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