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Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
An animated series created by the Filmation studio
for CBS, starting in 1976.
There are a total of 36 episodes produced over
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The jungle: Here I was born; and here
my parents died when I was but an infant. I would have soon perished, too,
had I not been found by a kindly she-ape named Kala, who adopted me as
her own and taught me the ways of the wild. I learned quickly, and grew
stronger each day, and now I share the friendship and trust of all jungle
animals. The jungle is filled with beauty, and danger; and lost cities
filled with good, and evil. This is my domain, and I protect those who
come here; for I am Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle!
In many ways, the series is the most faithful of all
screen-based adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan and featured
a number of "lost cities" from the original novels. The rotoscoped animation
is based upon the work of Burrough's favorite Tarzan artist, Burne Hogarth.
In the series, Tarzan is depicted as intelligent and well-spoken
– not the simple-minded ("Tarzan... Jane") caricature of many films. His
sidekick is N'kima the monkey, as in the novels ("Cheeta" the chimpanzee
was the creation of movie producers). It even uses much of Burroughs' Mangani
language (though some of the words used, particularly for animals not encountered
in the novels, do not appear in Burroughs' Mangani lexicons, and so were
presumably newly invented for the show).
TARZAN YELL: Performed by Danton
Burroughs - Grandson of Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tarzan (voiced by Robert Ridgely)
– The main protagonist.
N'kima – Tarzan's manu (monkey) companion.
Jad-bal-ja – A golden-furred, dark-maned
lion raised and trained by Tarzan.
Tantor – African elephants that are
friendly towards Tarzan, and will also come to his aid if summoned.
Queen Nemone (voiced by Joan Gerber
in the first appearance, Hettie Lynn Hurtes in the third appearance) –
The ruler of Zandor who has had encounters with Tarzan.
by Alan Oppenheimer) – Queen Nemone's prime minister who does her bidding.
Queen Nemone's pet lion.
Phobeg (voiced by Ted Cassidy in the
first appearance, Alan Oppenheimer in the third appearance) – The strongest
man in Zandor and member of Zandor's Royal Guards. In Phobeg's first appearance,
Tarzan must fight him in a tournament. Tarzan managed to defeat him and
Phobeg later frees him and Thia. Phobeg has since remained a secret ally
of Tarzan when it comes to Queen Nemone's plots. In "Tarzan and the Soul
Stealer," it is shown that Phobeg has a son named Tiborgh who assists his
father in working in Zandor's Royal Guards.
Jane Porter (voiced by Linda Gary)
– Tarzan's love interest in the original novels, she only appeared once
during the Filmation series. In "Tarzan and Jane", she and her father were
part of an archaeological expedition looking for the lost city of Cowloon
and were accompanied back to civilization by Tarzan.
Mangani – A type of great ape. They
are intelligent where they have their own spoken language (which Tarzan
knows), are Tarzan's friends and family, and will come to his aid if summoned.
Named Mangani include Terkoz and Tor. Kala was only seen in the intro of
Bolmangani – A race of gorilla-men.
They take monkeys, normal gorillas, and other animals to be used as slaves
in plots to enhance their city and to take over the entire jungle. They
have fought Tarzan many times and have been thwarted by him.
Donlumangani – A race of short humanoid
primates that live in the snowy mountains. They are nicknamed the Ice People.
Monkey People – A race of creatures
that are part human, part monkey.
There were 36 total episodes, produced over four seasons.
The first season (premiered September 11, 1976) consisted
of 16 half-hour episodes.
The second season (premiered September 10, 1977) added six
new episodes, and aired with the half-hour series The New Adventures of
Batman as The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour.
The third season (premiered September 9, 1978) added six
new episodes, and aired with a number of other series as the ninety-minute
Tarzan and the Super 7.
The fourth season (premiered September 15, 1979) added eight
new episodes, and aired as part of the second season of Tarzan and the
The "fifth season" (The Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour),
and the "sixth season" (The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour) were
all Tarzan reruns aired with other series.
SEASON 1: 1976
1 1 "Tarzan and the City of Gold" September 11, 1976
Upon saving a woman named Thia from the Bulgani gorilla
tribe, Tarzan learns that she is from Athne the City of Ivory and had been
chased away by enemy soldiers from Zandor the City of Gold. While helping
Thia back to Athne, Tarzan ends up captured by the Zandorians. While imprisoned,
Tarzan meets his cellmate Phobeg who tells him of Queen Nemone who has
the two of them fight in the arena. Once Fobeg is freed, Tarzan ends up
incarcerated with Thia after harming her prime minister Tomos. However,
Fobeg has a plan to free Tarzan and Thia.
2 2 "Tarzan and the Vikings" September
A race of jungle vikings (who are descendants of the
vikings that were blown to Africa by a north wind sent by Odin 1,000 years
ago) capture Tarzan to be the slave to Corina, the daughter of the Viking
Chieftain Erik. While learning on how the Vikings came to Africa from Corina,
Tarzan discovers that she is in love with the lawman Sven's son Bjorn much
to the objection of Erik. During that time, Tarzan uncovers a plot by the
viking Torvald to overthrow Corina's father.
3 3 "Tarzan and the Golden Lion" September
Tarzan comes to the aid of Ando, Coney, and the rest
of the Monkey People when the Bolmangani are enslaving them. When Tarzan
ends up in danger, Jad-bal-ja rallies the elephants to help Tarzan free
the captives and teach the Monkey People to stand up to the Bolmangani
and their Emperor.
4 4 "Tarzan and the Forbidden City"
October 2, 1976
Tarzan's old friend Paul Gregory and his daughter return
to the jungle. Paul tells Tarzan that he is here looking for his son Brian
who disappeared upon finding the Forbidden City of Ushare located in the
extinct volcano Tuen Baka. The next day, Tarzan finds out that three men
named Magara, Castelle, and Chabalt (whom Paul encountered at the hotel)
are also seeking the map to Ushare in order to steal the father of diamonds.
When both groups are captured by the soldiers of Ushare, it is up to Tarzan
to free them.
5 5 "Tarzan and the Graveyard of the
Elephants" October 9, 1976
Upon discovering elephant skeletons without their tusks,
Tarzan discovers that soldiers led by King Aga of Novard is behind this
and his armies are looking for the Graveyard of the Elephants. Tarzan discovers
that the Novardians worship the woolly mammoth Bentor (whom they consider
a god) and want Tarzan to take them to the Graveyard of the Elephants in
order to harvest the tusks there.
6 6 "Tarzan's Return to the City of
Gold" October 16, 1976
Upon saving a runaway boy named Orando from Buto, Tarzan
learns that he is the younger brother of Thia from Athne and plans to return
him to Athne. Meanwhile, Queen Nemone orders Tomos to lead her soldiers
into recapturing Tarzan. Tomos plans to use Orando as bait in order to
7 7 "Tarzan and the Strange Visitors"
October 23, 1976
Tarzan has an encounter with an anthropologist named
June Bennington at the same time when aliens led by Dr. Krolar arrive in
their UFO to capture animal specimens to bring to their world.
8 8 "Tarzan and the Land of the Giants"
October 30, 1976
During a drought, Tarzan finds large footprints and follows
them into a hidden valley which contains large trees and vegetation. Tarzan
comes to the aid of a giant named Yuri when his father Muro has been imprisoned
by the tyrant King Odysseus and that the giants live in fear of Buto (who
has been said to be a god in the form of a white rhinoceros). To make matters
worse, a dangerous storm is heading to the giants' village of Zoram.
9 9 "Tarzan and the Knights of Nimmr"
November 6, 1976
Upon finding a crashed balloon, Tarzan searches for its
pilot which leads him to the Valley of Nimmr where he encounters knights
that end up taking him to Queen Grenalda. He soon encounters the balloonist
Annie Talbot who is a writer. When the queen falls ill and Sir Mallad has
Tarzan imprisoned in the dungeon, Tarzan learns from the Queen's Royal
Physician Sir Ronald that Sir Mallad plans to steal the throne from Queen
10 10 "Tarzan's Rival" November 13,
Mr. Senti and his scientist creates a robot duplicate
of Tarzan in order to blame the real one for the animal mistreatment so
that they can steal the Jewels of Opa. Before long, the jungle animals
become mistrustful of Tarzan and attack him on sight. Even N'kima and Jad-bal-jah
are unable to tell the difference. Tarzan must now expose the robot Tarzan
and thwart the plots of Mr. Senti.
11 11 "Tarzan and the City of Sorcery" November 20,
While riding on Tantor, Tarzan saves a boy named Tuck
(who mistakes Tarzan as the god Aliat since he resembles him) from Numa.
He learns from Tuck that the sorceress Queen Nubia has turned Tuck's father
into a baboon causing Tarzan to go to the city of Rashid to confront Queen
Nubia. Tarzan later learns that her magic is not as she claims it to be
which Tarzan plans to expose.
12 12 "Tarzan at the Earth's Core" November
Tarzan and N'kima follows a boy named Kimo of Nolangi
into a crater that leads him to the Land of Darkness with a plan to unite
both tribes upon speaking to King Mavor. With help from King Mavor's daughter
Nina, Tarzan plans to help Kimo make peace between both tribes while evading
the dangers of the prehistoric land of Pellucidar in order to get King
Ovan of Nolangi and King Mavor to understand the peace between the tribes.
13 13 "Tarzan and the Ice Creature"
December 4, 1976
While working on his garden with N'kima and Tantor, Tarzan
sees the mountain of ice about to erupt and has the animals get to safety.
The eruption ends up freeing a gigantic Yeti-like ice creature Glakor from
the volcano as it soon ends up being targeted by the poacher Norcross and
his assistant Phelps.
14 14 "Tarzan and the Olympiads" December
Upon investigating a strange disturbance in the jungle,
Tarzan rescues two slaves named Dimitri and Logos from Grecian soldiers
who come from the city of Olympus. Tarzan learns that the slaves were former
tournament champions who were defeated by younger challengers and made
slaves by Emperor Cronus. Now Tarzan must go up in three challenges in
order to free the slaves and make Emperor Cronus see the error of his ways.
15 15 "Tarzan's Trial" December 18,
The UFO that was previously used by Dr. Krolar returns
to the jungle where the robots end up capturing Tarzan. He is brought before
Commander Dumay who states that Dr. Krolar and Leera aren't on the mission
with him. Commander Dumay plans to use his computer to scan Tarzan's memory
in order to learn all of Tarzan's abilities and transfer them to him in
order to become supreme ruler of the space fleet.
16 16 "Tarzan, the Hated" December 18,
The Bolmangani Emperor returns and plans revenge on Tarzan
by turning a tribe of gorillas against Tarzan. The Bolmangani then go to
great lengths by having the gorilla tribe abduct a female archaeologist
named Lois as bait so that the Bolmangani can rebuild their city in the
Opar Region much to the objections of Lois who claims that the ground there
SEASON 2: 1977
17 1 "Tarzan and the Sunken City of Atlantis" September
Upon saving Zupisa the great whale who had been beached,
Tarzan discovers that Lord Cinnabar of Atlantis had enslaved the whales
and uses them to power it while King Neptune is away. After leading a successful
rebellion against the whales' slavery, Tarzan learns that Atlantis will
flood unless power is restored and seeks help from Princess Aquila to find
another way to power Atlantis.
18 2 "Tarzan and the Bird People" September
While hiding out in a cave during a thunderstorm, Tarzan
and N'kima come to the aid of Layir of the Bird People who had injured
his wing upon going down in the thunderstorm. Tarzan soon learns that the
Bird People have been in a feud with the local "Land People." Upon learning
about what the Bird People have been doing to the Land People from their
chief Tarin, Tarzan visits the Bird People's ruler King Aviaro who considers
the Land People to be primitive. Now Tarzan must find a way to unite both
tribes whatever way possible.
19 3 "Tarzan and the Colossus of Zome"
September 24, 1977
After saving an inches-high woman named Reba from the
clutches of a hawk, Tarzan learns that she comes from Onada which is located
on the Isle of Zires. He uses Argus the giant bird of prey to get the both
of them over the mountains to take her home. They return Reba back to the
Isle of Zires, but the army of Reba's father Governor Dumas captures Tarzan.
Dumas intends to compel the giant to fight in their war against Zome, an
enemy city of other tiny people. The Zomans, led by their governor and
his scientist Orbin, entered the war following a disagreement years ago
and they intend to end it with their giant robot called the Colossus. Unfortunately,
the Colossus, programmed to value the rule of the strongest, turns against
the Zomans. Now Tarzan must find a way to defeat the Colossus and bring
peace to both sides.
20 4 "Tarzan and the Beast in the Iron
Mask" October 1, 1977
Tarzan and N'kima prepare for a celebration held by the
Wazdon Chief Denat in the lost land of Pal-ul-don (which was from the book
Tarzan the Terrible). Upon arrival, he sees that Denat isn't himself and
flees the guards. When he infiltrates the tower, he finds a man in an iron
mask who is the real Denat and that his evil brother Tanat has assumed
his identity and has been having the tribesmen mine for gold in a volcano.
Now Tarzan must find the key to the mask which is guarded by a Dimetrodon,
free Denat, and help Denat expose Tanat's plot with some unlikely help
from the Gryf.
21 5 "Tarzan and the Amazon Princess"
October 8, 1977
Tarzan meets a feral woman named Dorrae who can also
communicate with animals like Tarzan does and lives in the jungles with
the lions Ola and Utu who have raised her since her childhood. Tarzan discovers
that the locket around her neck belongs to the royalty of the Amazons causing
Tarzan to take Dorrae to the Amazons to look into this. Once Tarzan has
gotten Dorrae back to Queen Arcad, he is unaware that the Captain of the
Guard Rowanda had orchestrated Dorrae's extermination years ago so that
she can become the heir to the throne. To make matters worse, the water
monster Gordo continuously attacks the tribe to find the egg that went
missing from her nest.
22 6 "Tarzan and the Conquistadors"
October 15, 1977
Tarzan and N'kima find a group of Conquistadors in the
jungle where their leader Carlos claims that the treasure of his ancestors
are in the mountains where the Donlumangani live. Now Tarzan must enlist
the help of Tar-Sheeta to help the Donlumangani prevent the Conquistadors
from stealing back their treasure before a cave-in is caused on the Donlumangani's
SEASON 3: 1978
23 1 "Tarzan and the Spider People" September 9, 1978
After stopping a stampede of elephants, Tarzan learns
from Tantor that their stampede was caused by the appearance of giant spiders
who have been abducting some of the elephants. When he follows the giant
spiders to their city at the top of two large trees, he discovers that
the giant spiders are actually machines piloted by the city's inhabitants
who are sorted into workers and scholars when he meets a female worker
named Ara. Upon being brought to the lead scholar Ziller and told about
his kind abducting elephants, Tarzan and Ziller are then told by the worker
leader Rachnid that he and the other workers plan to use the elephants
for their labor in order to make the workers' rooms the same as the scholars'
24 2 "Tarzan and the Space God" September
Tarzan saves a man named Professor Robert Ragsdale when
his plane crashes into a river during a thunderstorm. Tarzan learns from
Professor Ragsdale that a watery area in the shape of the Mayan God Kukulkhan
is suspected to be where the Mayans disappeared to enabling Tarzan to have
Jad-bal-ja lead them to the lost city where the lost Chichen Itza tribe
lives. They find some robots working for the Mayans who worship a high
priest who claims to be Kukulkhan when in fact that he is actually an alien
from another planet.
25 3 "Tarzan and the Lost World" September
Tarzan meets Dr. Jessica Randolph who needs his help
to look for an orbital satellite that went down in the jungle several days
ago. Their search brings them to a crater concealed by magnetic energies
which consists of mythological creatures. They learn from a Faun named
Puck that the Minotaur has the satellite and that they must get the orbital
satellite (which resembles the Minotaur) out of the valley before it explodes.
26 4 "Tarzan and the Monkey God" September
While evading Tangani, N'Kima stumbles upon a village
where the Mohani mistake him for the monkey god Komanu. When Tarzan arrives,
he helps N'Kima and the Mohani deal with the white gorilla Tarbogani who
has been raiding the village for food upon being wounded and separated
from his gorilla tribe.
27 5 "Tarzan and the Haunted Forest"
October 7, 1978
Tarzan runs into some loggers cutting down some trees
in order to get the wood for their city so that they can feed the machines
that do the work. Tarzan learns that they cut down the trees in their land
except for a haunted forest. Upon being brought before Queen Tara, Tarzan
resists her offer to give up his area upon being told of Queen Tara's plot
by her twin sister Mara. Tarzan and Mara flee into the haunted forest where
it was actually "haunted" by those who are against Queen Tara's deforestation
plots. Now Tarzan must help these people into making Queen Tara see the
error of cutting down the local trees even when a monsoon comes.
28 6 "Tarzan and the Island of Dr. Morphos"
October 14, 1978
Tarzan witnesses a Mangani with the wings of a bird make
off with N'kima. He follows the Mangani/Bird Hybrid to an island in the
jungle where he encounters hybrid animals and is soon brought to the scientist
Dr. Morphos who created the hybrid animals. He now plans to do his genetic
experiments on Tarzan until Tarzan evades him and ends up meeting failed
experiments led by Doro that used to be monkeys who help him thwart Dr.
SEASON 4: 1979
29 1 "Tarzan and the Sifu" September 15, 1979
During a hot day, Tarzan meets Chang who is the nephew
of the Sifu of Tao Ching. Upon arrival in Tao Ching, Tarzan and Chang are
taken prisoner by the guards led by Wu Han who has overthrown the Sifu.
Wu Han plans to lead Tao Ching's armies in a plot to conquer the other
cities in the jungle as well as use the Dragon Pearl to control the Dragon
of Tao Ching.
30 2 "Tarzan and Jane" September 22,
After dealing with a gorilla named Terkoz, Tarzan meets
Jane Porter and her father Professor Archimedes Q. Porter after falling
victim to a mutiny during an archaeological expedition to the lost city
of Cowloon. As Tarzan helps them to get back to civilization, he also ends
up coming to the aid of Cowloon when their guardian beast has broken free.
31 3 "Tarzan and the Land Beneath the
Earth" September 29, 1979
Tarzan, N'kima, Tantor, Buto, and Gorgos end up sucked
underground by a forcefield and end up in the underground city of Terrapolis
which is inhabited by the mole people. Tarzan learns from Dr. Zolus that
they have been using the Makos Trees in order to power their furnace when
their own thermal vegetation has been exhausted. With help from the mole
scientist Sedora, Tarzan must free his animal friends, prevent more Makos
Trees from being brought to Terrapolis, and find a new source of power
for the mole people to use.
32 4 "Tarzan and the Drought" October
During a drought, Tarzan learns from Coney that Ando
and the Monkey People are building a dam in the river in order to save
their water supplies. The lack of water ends up driving the animals of
the jungle in a frenzied state. Tarzan tries to get Ando to tear down the
dam until it comes to a rainstorm that causes the dam to overflow.
33 5 "Tarzan and the Soul Stealer" October
Tarzan meets up with Thia again upon saving her from
Dango the Hyena. This time, Zandor and Athne are at war once again. Upon
arrival and capture, Tarzan learns from Phobeg's son Tiborgh that Queen
Nemone had dove deep into the forbidden mystic arts and became a sorceress
where one of her magic tricks has turned Phobeg into a lion. Tarzan suspects
that Queen Nemone's magic isn't as she claims it to be since Tarzan had
previously dealt with something like this before (as seen in "Tarzan and
the City of Sorcery").
34 6 "Tarzan and the Future King" October
Tarzan meets with King Torg of the Red Gorilla Kingdom
where Prince Yaru is to inherit the throne of the Red Gorilla Kingdom.
Prince Yaru's final test is to return with a branch from the olive tree
on Mount Mammoth with no help whatsoever. Yet King Torg's Vizier has other
plans which involves seeing that Prince Yaru fails and that the Vizier
will get the throne.
35 7 "Tarzan and the Huntress" October
After saving a gorilla and her son from the Bolmangani,
Tarzan ends up having an encounter with Fana the Huntress and her pet white
tiger Pasha. Fana ends up targeting Jad-bal-ja. During Fana's hunt, the
Bolmangani Commander Kerlock and his men mistake her as an ally of Tarzan
and capture her and Pasha causing Tarzan to come to her rescue.
36 8 "Tarzan and the White Elephant"
November 3, 1979
Tarzan saves a young girl from Rhino Riders only to find
that she is looking to capture an infant White Elephant and takes it from
its mother. The girl is the child of the queen who believes that White
Elephants protect her city from the Rhino Riders. Tarzan takes exception
and tries to dissuade the Queen from separating the calf from its mother,
but she will not listen. Taking pity on the White Elephant calf, the girl
helps the White Elephant calf escape to reunite it with its mother....only
to be chased by the Rhino Riders. But the mother White Elephant with the
help of Tarzan rescues her. It was at this point that the Queen realizes
no one should separate a mother from her child.
Danton Burroughs: Tarzan Yell
Robert Ridgely – Tarzan
Jack Bannon –
Erika Carroll –
Ted Cassidy – Phobeg (1st time)
Robert Chapel –
Gerald Clark –
Linda Gary – Jane Porter, Dr. Jessica
Randolph, Fana the Huntress, Rowanda, Queen Tara
Joanie Gerber – Queen Nemone (1st
Barry Gordon – Bjorn
Hettie Lynn Hurtes – Thia, Queen Nemone
Alan Oppenheimer – Tomos, Orbin, Phobeg
Jane Webb –
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