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Tarzan, 1999

A great collection of original production animation drawings for sale from the Walt Disney feature film.

Walt Disney Tarzan Original Production Animation Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Tarzan in red and graphite pencils from "Tarzan," 1999, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 39 in graphite pencil lower right and with animation ladder upper right; Size - Tarzan: 7 1/4 x 6 1/4", Sheet 12 1/2 x 17"; Unframed.

"I wanted his face to have a strong brow and set his eyes deep within it, so he could make expressions like a gorilla. I let his nose be refined with a kind of straight line to give him some flaring nostrils. His jaw would be large, with strong muscles from eating bamboo his whole life." - Glen Keane

"Tarzan" 1999 is the 37th full length feature film produced by Walt Disney and it was released on June 12, 1999 by Buena Vista Distribution. The film was based on the story "Tarzan of the Apes" written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and was directed by

Chris Buck and Kevin Lima with screenplay by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, and Noni White. "Tarzan" features the voice cast of Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Rosie O'Donnell, Brian Blessed, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight, and Nigel Hawthorne. The film grossed $448.2 million worldwide, becoming the fifth-highest film release in 1999, and the second-highest animation release behind "Toy Story 2."

"We thought, this won't be a complicated character. He doesn't have a costume. Then we realized he has the most complicated costume of all -- the human body -- and the anatomy would have to be functioning. The muscles weren't just going to be little lines. When he grabbed a vine, you'd have to see the muscle tense in his forearm, and when he bent his leg, you'd see the tendons of the toes rising up." -Glen Keane

Tony Goldwyn, and American actor, producer, and director; was the voice of Tarzan. Veteran Walt Disney animator Glen Keane, who animated Pocahontas, Aladdin, and Ariel - The Little Mermaid; was the supervising animator for Tarzan as an adult. John Ripa animated Tarzan as an infant and a child. Both artists sutdied the movement of apes to use for their animation of Tarzan; and Keane was inspired by videos brought home by his young son of skateboarders and snowboarders. Keane envisioned Tarzan as a daredevil "tree surfer," moving through "a freeway of sidewalks covered with moss."

This is an extremely rare and highly detailed drawing of Tarzan accomplished is graphite and red pencils. A fantastic waist up image, he is eyes open and has a very expressive facial expression. His chest, arms, neck, and shoulder length hair are shaded and highlighted. This is a key drawing with the production number bottom right and the animation ladder upper right. A very rare and wonderful drawing of Tarzan, King of the Jungle!

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