In this program, Tarzan had no formal education and spoke in broken English. Jane was a French environmental scientist working on ways to save endangered species. Roger Taft was the son of a wealthy New Yorker who was working with Jane in the research station his father funded. Simon was an African native who had been educated in England.
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Season 1 Ep.04: Tarzan and the Picture of Death
A fashion model comes to the jungle for a photo shoot. What neither Jane nor Tarzan are aware of is that her sponser is a manufactuer of illegal fur coats taken from endangered species.
There are mixed feelings among E.R.B. fans on this attempt to bring the Lord of the Jungle to TV. Cons for the show were the time period just coming out of the 80′s our hero is a blonde coifed mono-syllable retread with leather boots and Jane had a French accent. Readers of E.R.B. know Jane was American and Tarzan spoke English with a French accent. Pros for the show were a rewriting of Jane’s character as a strong female who’s also a scientist trying to help mankind and nature understand each other.
The other major credit to the show was its strong stance on enviromentalism. Something any Tarzan fan can see through the series of movies from Elmo Lincoln in silent films to Johnny Weismuller in sound and Joe Lara in the more recent series, the difference in the landscapes but mostly the animals and what mankind has done to their habitat.
Each episode began with Simon (then Jack, then Dan) reading from his journal, which provided the audience with a brief synopsis of the episode.
The second and third season of this series never aired until after the first season of Tarzan The Epic Adventures. When their second season with Xavier Declie fell through the same syndicated stations began airing season two and three of this series.
Cast and Crew:
Director: Gérard Hameline
Writer: Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters)
Wolf Larson, Lydie Denier and Sean Roberge
Date Release: 1991
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