Jun­gle boy fails to ape prior films

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT FILM - THERESA SMITH

TARZANis adapted yet again for this 3D CGI an­i­mated film. This time we get a con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can child lost in an African jun­gle. Raised by go­ril­las, JJ (voiced by Lutz as a teenager) quickly for­gets his New York roots and adapts to swing­ing his way around the rain­for­est.

A not-so-ca­sual en­counter with Jane Porter (Locke) when they are both teenagers im­prints on Tarzan an in­ter­est­ing character to be sought out, so no won­der he finds her again when they are older.

Throw in a greedy cor­po­ra­tion helmed by Wil­liam Clayton (St John) who wants to find a re­new­able source of en­ergy, which is ly­ing in the jun­gle, and Tarzan be­comes an eco-war­rior for the Noughties. Wait… what? Erm. Ja. The story’s been up­dated.

The an­i­ma­tion is a weird mix of gor­geously ren­dered scenes and many more badly made, seem­ingly un­fin­ished se­quences.

They can’t even make the reg­u­lar char­ac­ters sim­ply walk prop­erly, in­stead char­ac­ters glide with that creepy not walk­ing mo­tion we know so well from Bar­bie movies. Char­ac­ters have dead eyes and while some of the go­ril­las’ be­hav­iour is an­thro­po­mor­phised (they are mo­tion cap­tured ac­tors and not vir­tual cre­ations) none of them stand out as par­tic­u­larly en­gag­ing or fas­ci­nat­ing.

Char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion is lack­ing – who knows what Tarzan is think­ing or what Jane thinks of this wild child she meets in the jun­gle or how he feels about liv­ing with an­i­mals, then find­ing out he isn’t one.

Don’t worry though, just in case you can’t tell what is go­ing on, there is a nar­ra­tor. Awk­ward.

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