|Tarzan: Der Herr des Dschungels|
|Knock-off of||Tarzan (Walt Disney Pictures, 1999)|
|Alternate German titles||Der Herr des Dschungels|
|English titles||Lord of the Jungle / Lord of the Rainforest|
|Written by||Roswitha Haas|
|Music by||Ludwig Ickert|
|Running time||30 mins|
|main transcript • trailer transcripts|
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Tarzan: Der Herr des Dschungels is a Dingo Pictures movie that was released in 1999.
The film starts off with a woman and a baby on a plane. The plane fails and crashes into a jungle. The baby survives and is adopted and brought home by a gorilla named Shina. She brings him to her troop, where he is ridiculed for being different from the rest of them. The yet to be named baby is allowed to stay on the condition that he is to go if he causes any trouble. Shina names him Lord and he quickly adjusts to life as a gorilla. He is taught to climb and jump but fails. He is ridiculed by the other animals and is rewarded with a banana. Lord eventually adjusts to the gorilla's ways and becomes close with them.
Fast forward to Lord's childhood. He shoots an arrow into a lion cub and sends it running to its dad. Lord takes off when the older lion comes for him and is told by the elephant to be careful around him. Lord blows this off saying "I'm much smarter than him" and goes off with his monkey friend Raja.
He then goes with his friend to a lake with Dundee the crocodile. Lord climbs up a tree and closes Dundee's jaw with a rope. He cries and is let go. Lord goes home and is again told off by the head gorilla, who asks him for the rope. Lord gives it to him and Draga the head gorilla puts it over his head and makes an idiot of himself. While the rest of the gorillas laugh, Lord scolded by Shina.
A while later, Lord is stalked by Dundee in the water. Here, Lord sees his reflection and freaks out over how different he looks from everyone else. In an effort to be like everyone else, he covers himself in the mud. He gives up when Raja tells him the mud will dry and decides to run away. Shina finds him and tells him that he looks like his father, a white monkey.
Sometime later, the gorillas travel south to find more food. Lord finds the plane crash he came from. Shina tells him it was a bird that crashed and burned everything, while Dragan says 'this is where everything started'. He doesn't follow this up. Then Lord finds a treehouse and decides to explore it. Meanwhile, Dragan finds a gun and shoots it. Lord gets down from the treehouse and goes back up into it, despite Raja's protests. Here he finds a book containing pictures of 'white monkeys'. Raja meanwhile finds a knife and cuts himself. Lord tries the knife out and cuts some bamboo down. Lord and Raja abandon the treehouse and go back to the plane crash. Here, Lord finds a medallion.
The white bird informs is that Lord opened the medallion later and found a picture of some people. Draga comes across Lord with the medallion and demands it. But Lord refuses to give it to him. When Draga tries to take it by force, Lord cuts him with the knife from earlier. Lord runs, per Shina's request and ends up by a pond. An elephant goes to plead with Draga and tells him that Lord is protected by ghosts, and that's how he could hurt him. Shina approves of this lie and Draga calms down. Lord believes this.
The rumor about how Lord had cut Draga spreads throughout the jungle and Lord becomes very respected. Lord also begins to make frequent trips to the hut to read the books.
Lord, now an adult, learns that Draga has died and that the jungle needs a new king. Just as everyone elects Lord as the new king, a group of humans comes to the jungle. One of them finds Lord's treehouse and explores it. Dundee comes and is shot at. The rip off Jane and another explorer find Lord's journal. They spot Lord outside right as he runs off.
The scientist of the group wanders around looking for rare plants. He comes across a monkey who almost immediately runs away. It is then revealed that the scientist is being stalked by a hungry lion. Lord saves the scientist and takes him to a riverside. After Lord leaves, the scientist is met by Linda and Sir Stewart the explorer. They reveal to him that they found a hut that they say belonged to a Lord Greystoke. Lord tells the elephant and Raja about the 'white monkeys' he saw. He describes how beautiful rip off Jane was. Raja teases him about her as the three wonder what the white monkeys want.
The next day, the scientist discovers that the hut was indeed occupied by a Lord Greystoke. They read the last entry in his journal which details how excited he was to see his family. Stewart comes and tells them about a plane crash he had just found. After the scientist and rip off Jane blow him off, he starts plotting to hunt elephants with a bunch of African natives. The scientist gets to work with Linda. Suddenly, Lord appears. Professor Bloomsdale the scientist introduces them. Lord kidnaps her while the professor shakes this off as a 'local custom'.
Lord shows Linda his medallion. Linda confirms the pictures to be of Lord Greystoke and Lady Greystoke. She shows it to the professor and he declares that Lord is the son of Lord Greystoke. Raja appears and whines about Lord spending so much time with humans. Lord's ability to communicate with Raja fascinates the professor. Stewart starts to believe that Lord is a threat. Linda and the professor became fascinated with Lord to the point where they taught him their language. This prompted Lord to tell them about how he was raised by gorillas and how he became their leader. Eventually, Linda falls in love with Lord.
After spending a whole day with the humans, Lord comes home late one night to Shina. She tells him about how he belongs with the other gorillas and not the humans. Lord tells her that he loves Linda, which Raja complains about. Shina forbids Lord to leave her. The professor and Linda read more into Lord Greystoke's journal. They read a passage detailing about how his son touched a candle which left a permanent burn. After deciding to see if Lord has this burn, Linda declares that she wants to take Lord back to England. Stewart insists that Lord is dangerous and goes off elephant hunting. Lord comes and shows them the burn on his thumb, proving that he is indeed the son of Lord Greystoke.
Stewart shoots some elephants while Linda begs Lord to come with her back to England. Raja arrives and tells Lord that Tabor the elephant has been shot by Stewart. All the animals mourn the loss of Tabor and the loss of his tusks. Lord sets out to kill Steward.
The professor and Linda don't seem very bothered by the fact that Stewart has killed a bunch of elephants. Just then, Lord arrives and kicks Stewart. It's only now that the professor is bothered by what Stewart did. They start to leave when Linda decides to stay with Lord. In later years, Lord and Linda have a kid together. The professor pops by to visit every year and everyone is happy.
See also: Tarzan: Der Herr des Dschungels/Credits
- Armin Drogat
- Georg Feils
- Raija Siikavirta
- Simone Greiss
- Melanie Langer
- Stefanie Fleischer
- Wolfgang Drexler
- The explosion at the beginning was taken from Golden Films' version of Pocahontas.
Points of reused material
- This movie reuses most of its animation and designs from Lion and the King. Whole shots and sequences can be traced back there. Examples include the scene where Lord harasses a lion cub. The cub design is otherwise known as Robin in Lion. He even comes complete with the same voice. Another example is the establishing shot during the start of the sequence where the gorillas are traveling south. More shots of animals from Lion and the King are spread out throughout the movie.
- In the English version, Tarzan and Jane's names were changed to Lord and Linda respectively, although Tarzan is used a few times.
- The PlayStation version mutes out all lines in the English dub where Lord is incorrectly referred to as Tarzan.