The real Tarzan, on whose life the Disney musical is based.
On his left is his lovely wife, the former Miss Jane Porter.
On his right are Cheetah and his son, Tarzan Jr., or Felix, or something. (Can you tell which of them is which?)
They eventually immigrated to Tarzana, California, which is named after the paterfamilias.


My wife and I returned just a short while ago from a performance of Disney’s musical Tarzan at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City, Utah.


Candidly, I hadn’t been all that excited about going.  I’ve seen the play before, and . . . I thought that was enough.


But I have to say that it was a first-rate production.  Better than the one we saw earlier, by far.  I really enjoyed it, though it was a bit unnerving to be among so many women who began oohing and ahhing over Tarzan from the moment he made his first appearance.  He was wearing only a loincloth, you see, and he’s very nearly as buff as I am.


For what it’s worth, many of the Tarzan adventure movies were filmed in whole or in part at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, which is near where I grew up.  Almost every year through eighth grade, my school took us there on a field trip, and I went a number of other times, as well.  That’s where I first learned to kill leopards with my bare hands.



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  • http://kgbudge.com kgbudge

    Y’know, I hate to call anyone’s baby ugly, but Tarzan’s younger son in that photo doesn’t look so good.

    • DanielPeterson

      A bit hairy, you’re thinking?