Gilligan’s Island aired for three years before being cancelled but in those three years the seven castaways had many wacky adventures while marooned on a deserted island located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, but what made their stay somewhat bearable was that they would occasionally encounter a variety of guest stars.
I’m what one might call a bit of a Tarzan nut, in fact I’m a massive fan of most of Edgar Rice Burroughs works, and it drives me crazy how often his works are mucked up in the translation from book to screen. I’ve read and reviewed almost everything he’s written, and have seen all…
Edgar Rice Burroughs, a man who quit the pencil-sharpener wholesale business to give writing a stab, is most known for his creation of Tarzan of the Apes, but that jungle swinging pulp hero was just the tip of the iceberg in the fertile imaginative mind of one of the 20th Centuries most influential writers.
With the success of their 1999 animated feature Tarzan it’s no surprise that the House of Mouse would bring the Ape Man to television as part of their Disney’s One Saturday Morning lineup, but what was a little surprising is how good it was.
We’ve seen countless adaptations of Tarzan ranging from the monosyllabic Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan The Ape Man to the recent and more verbose Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend of Tarzan, but rarely have these “adaptations” done more than just borrow the origin story and then make up their own adventures.