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Tarzan & Jane Reviews

Sprightly amusement for kids of all ages, Disney's direct-to-video sequel to its animated hit sandwiches jungle derring-do and lots of silly sight gags between song and dance number. With the first anniversary of her wedding to Tarzan (voice of Michael T. Weiss) beckoning, Jane (Olivia D'Abo) ponders how to make it the perfect English celebration. Jane's pet elephant, Tantor (Jim Cummings) reminisces about a embarrassing visit from Jane's girlhood friends; determined to dazzle them, Jane tried to foist a civilized demeanor on Tarzan. Fortunately, the genteel ladies had occasion to thank Jane's ape-man for saving them from ravenous panthers. Next, Terk the monkey (April Winchell) recalls how Tarzan fell into a similar trap by trying to impress Jane with a ring. Back in the present, Jane realizes that a party and presents have a downside. Her next idea involves teaching her clumsy mate how to dance like a gentleman. Jane's earlier desire for a romantic twirl backfired badly; her former fiance, WWII flying ace Bobby Canler (Jeff Bennett), parachuted into the jungle, making Tarzan jealous. And Tarzan was right: Bobby was light on his feet, but he was also a traitor and Tarzan prevented him from selling the Germans a coded music box he gave Jane for safekeeping. After so many mishaps involving too much emphasis on decorum and customs, Tarzan and Jane reach the same conclusion: The best way to celebrate an anniversary is to bask in the love a couple feels for each other. Rather than weakening its impact with too many flashbacks, this clever cartoon incorporates interconnected episodes to flesh out its romantic message. As it zips along from moral to moral, the film's confidence is infectious.