Someone posted a question “what’s your favourite Disney animation?” in a portal website I visit daily. Many replied to the post with unforgettable titles such as Aladdin, Lion King, Little Mermaid, Mulan and Beauty and the Beast, but the first one that came to my mind was Tarzan (1999) that has been remembered as the last film to be included in the Disney Renaissance in the 1990s.
As the last film in the decade, Tarzan boasts of Disney’s most highly advanced 2D animation technology. The expressions and actions of the characters are so alive in every second of the film on the three-dimensional background they relived with the Deep Canvas software. But all things aside, the part I love the most is the scenes where Tarzan and Jane secretly exchange the emerging feelings for each other. Largely owing to Phil Colin’s beautiful songs, the emotional depiction is so well done in this film in a way you wouldn’t expect from a two-dimensional animation. The fairly recent Tangled (2010) is of course much more technically advanced but those romantic subtleties were not felt as much as the 12-years earlier work.Tarzan and Jane are arguably my favourite Disney couple. Although not included the famous Disney Princess franchise, Jane Porter is absolutely too adorable heroine to be forgotten. Their lovely chemistry reminds me of that of Princess Aurora and Prince Philip in the legendary Sleeping Beauty (1959) in which a central scene depicted the sweet vibration of young lovers.
Disney’s incredible ability to relive the interior emotions into the animated characters has been the heart of the countless classics still beloved by the worldwide audience, regardless of gender and age. I’m looking forward to Disney’s new feature animation this year, based on Anderson’s beloved classic Snow Queen. I hope it’ll be as enjoyable and unforgettable as their classics in the 1990s.
I’ll conclude the post with my favourite musical sequence in Disney’s films. Phil Colins is the smartest musical partnership Disney has ever chosen.