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Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle
"The Jungle -- here I was born, and here my parents died when I was but an infant. I would have soon perished too, had I not been found by a kindly she-ape named Kala who adopted me as her own and taught me the ways of the wild. I learned quickly and grew stronger each day. And now I share the frendship and trust of all jungle animals. The Jungle is filled with beauty and danger, and lost cities filled with good and evil. This is my domain, and I protect those who come here for I am Tazan, Lord of the Jungle." 
In the fall of 1976 Tarzan became a Saturday morning cartoon show. This would be the first animated appearance of Tarzan on television. Based largely on the work of comics artist Burne Hogarth, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle featured impressive animation which was far above the average norm. Tarzan's body movements were heavily rotoscoped, and the jungle tapestry had realism and depth, a rarity in in television animation up to this point. The animation had a very "full" look to it. The backround music had an exotic, moody flavor, and the production overall had a lush, decadent look and feel.

Filmation's Tarzan remains one of the most faithful adaptations of Burroughs' Tarzan to date. Filmation's Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle left behind the childish monosylabic idiot character of the movie series for a more well-spoken jungle do-gooder. The hero still swung around on vines and communed with beasts, but his manner better reflected his noble English birth than his years being raised in the African jungle by an ape named Kala.

Robert Ridgely, a Filmation veteran, provided an excellent voice of Tarzan. He would be the voice of main characters for arguably three of the best animated adventure series of the era, the other two being (The New Adventures of) Flash Gordon and Ruby Spears' Thundarr the Barbarian.

One of the best things about Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle was the inclusion of the Mangani language of the books. Tarzan spoke of Tantor the Elephant, Numa the Lion, Usha the wind, and admonished jungle animals to "unk!" (leave) when dismissing them. The characters and some of the plots were adapted straight from the books too. No Cheeta the Chimp, Tarzan had his monkey companion N'kima and even Jad-bal-ja the Golden Lion made his appearance.

After Tarzan's first solo season, he was teamed with Batman for the Tarzan/Batman Hour in 1977. 1978 saw Tarzan teamed with a whole slew of superheroes in Tarzan & the Super 7. By 1980 The Super 7 and Batman had left and now Tarzan reruns were paired with new cartoon episodes of the Lone Ranger for the Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour. For the 1981-82 Season Zorro joined to form the Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour, Tarzan episodes were still reruns, however. After a few years off the air Tarzan returned as a solo series for a seven month period in 1984, although still in reruns. Tarzan would not appear in animation again until 1999 with Walt Disney's Tarzan and later as an animated television show in September 2001 with Disney's Legend of Tarzan.

Tarzan
N'kima
Jad-bal-ja

Episode Guide

Season 1 (1976)
 
  • Tarzan and the City of Gold
  • Tarzan and the Vikings
  • Tarzan and the Golden Lion
  • Tarzan and the Forbidden City
  • Tarzan and the Graveyard of the Elephants
  • Tarzan's Return to the City of Gold
  • Tarzan and the Strange Visitors
  • Tarzan and the Land of the Giants
  • Tarzan and the Knights of Nimmr
  • Tarzan's Rival
  • Tarzan and the City of Sorcery
  • Tarzan at the Earth's Core
  • Tarzan and the Ice Creature
  • Tarzan and the Olympiads
  • Tarzan's Trial
  • Tarzan, the Hated
Season 2 (1977)

  • Tarzan and the Sunken City of Atlantis
  • Tarzan and the Bird People
  • Tarzan and the Colossus of Zome
  • Tarzan and the Beast in the Iron Mask
  • Tarzan and the Amazon Princess
  • Tarzan and the Conquistadors
Season 3 (1978)

  • Tarzan and the Spider People
  • Tarzan and the Space God
  • Tarzan and the Lost World
  • Tarzan and the Monkey God
  • Tarzan and the Haunted Forest
  • Tarzan and the Island of Dr. Morphos
Season 4 (1979)

  • Tarzan and the Sifu
  • Tarzan and Jane
  • Tarzan and the Land Beneath the Earth
  • Tarzan and the Drought
  • Tarzan and the Soul Stealer
  • Tarzan and the Future King
  • Tarzan and the Huntress
  • Tarzan and the White Elephant

Real Audio Sound Gallery

 Tarzan Introduction  Theme with tribal drums
 Atmospheric music and yell  Impending doom music

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