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The Tarzan film has just been released on video in France. Apparently like in the U.S., McDonalds in France have renewed their Tarzan range only this time with beeny figures instead of plastic ones. The Tarzan video is released here in England from September 4th with various stores having different items available only if you buy the video or DVD from them. The range of items vary from a wall clock with interchangeable faces, Terk hand puppets, lithographs, board games and even Walkie Talkies.
|With the release of the video/DVD and Collectors edition DVD, Tarzan
is also back at McD's. These are the same plush toys that are also available
in France. There are eight different toys: Tarzan, Kala, Kerchak, Terk,
Tantor, Sabor, 2 baby baboons, and Hista the snake. Kala has a red plastic
heart on her chest which is supposed to light up when you squeeze her.
Likewise, Kerchak is supposed to grunt, Tantor trumpets, Terk plays a drum
and Sabor's eyes are supposed to light up. Unfortunately few actually work!
There is also a free CD and booklet available by collecting coupons from The Sun, a national tabloid newspaper. But the CD has a 10 minute audio feature, a trailer from the film, a demo of a Disney Ineractive Tarzan action game, and an Interactive musical animated comic. The booklet which comes inside the CD case is basically a smaller version of their standard Tarzan book which was available earlier this year.
|My trip to EuroDisneyland in Paris went fine (Apart from a 1hr. 20mins. delay caused by a group of Bangladeshi illegal immigrants who leapt from a speeding freight train as it exited the tunnel on the English side). The Tarzan Encounter live action show (different from the live action Tarzan Rocks show at DisneyWorld, Florida) runs five times a day and was my first stop - it was, after all, ERB's birthday. They have a cast of 10 male apes, 5 female apes, Terk, Jane and Tarzan. There is very little dialogue because of multiple language barriers (what little there is, is done in French, English and German), and therefore rely on movement to portray the story plus the by excellent songs Phil Collins which they play in 3 languages (all sung by him). One of the highlights of the show is a spectacular ballet of movement performed by Tarzan and Jane on the vines and is almost a re-creation of the final sequence from the film. I plan to do a write-up of the show for one of the fanzines (probably the BB) over the next few days and will hopefully give a portrayal of the show for those unable to see it for themselves. The show ends September 17th.||Fellow ERB fan, Brad Vinson, was held up at gunpoint while on a
business trip to Brazil just prior to going to the Oak Park festivities.
Apparently Brad was the upper deck of a bus when it stopped to pick up
more passengers. For reasons unknown to him at the time, it remained standing
for quite a while when suddenly a gunman appeared from behind and said
something in Spanish. Brad can't speak Spanish and therefore didn't understand
him. The gunman repeated the command 3 or 4 times (by this time Brad said
that all his senses just went numb as he looked down the barrel of the
gun). It was only until the person next to him told him to lie on the floor
did he understand what was expected of him. The gunman then continued moving
around the bus taking wallets and jewelry before running off. I am so glad
to hear that he survived the ordeal and walked away from it unscathed.
~BBH aka GD aka LD
These 2.2" x 3.1" cards were issued in Belgium by Coop Chocolate around 1940. They are from a large set of picture cards showing scenes from the Tarzan movies starring Johnny Weismuller (Tarzan), Brenda Joyce (Jane) and Cheetah the monkey (as himself). The front of the card shows a photographic type image of Tarzan and Jane, while the back of the card is blank. The cards, printed on thin stock, were given as a free premium with the purchase of chocolate.
Shuttle Commander, Terrence Wilcutt and his brother, Dennis "Predator" Wilcutt, are long-time ERB fans. Watch for an upcoming ERBzin-e feature edition on the Brothers Wilcutt.
|This beautifully illustrated sheetlet of nine stamps issued by Liberia to celebrate the Legend of Tarzan. Featured on the nine stamps are birds & animals, a snake, monkey, and butterfly. The background shows Tarzan as a boy with a small paragraph explaining the story.||
552 Pictures by Rex Maxon
House of Greystoke
The first movie Tarzan who played the young Tarzan, in Tarzan of the Apes (1918) starring Elmo Lincoln as the mature Tarzan. He also played Tarzan's young son in Son of Tarzan (1920) starring P. Dempsey Tabler.
|Brenda Joyce who succeeded Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane
in four Tarzan movies:
Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949) with L.Barker
Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948) with J.Weissmuller
Tarzan and the Huntress (1947) with J. Weissmuller
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946) with J. Weissmuller
Tarzan author lived in Parma
Dawn Eden / Argus Observer / July 10, 2000
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For more than the past century, famous people have come and gone from Idaho. One man few people know resided in Parma for a short time was Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of "Tarzan."
Burroughs was born in Chicago Sept. 1, 1875, and first came to Idaho in the late 1800s, joining his brothers in working at Sweetser Ranch, located west of American Falls.
Inside the Old Fort Boise replica in Parma, a historical display about Burroughs describe how he mended fences and drove cattle at the ranch, before returning to Chicago a year later to finish school.
After bouncing between Idaho and Chicago, and marrying Emma Hulbert, a childhood neighbor in Chicago in 1900, Burroughs returned to Idaho for the third, and last time, in 1903.
He was invited by his brothers to rejoin them in Idaho. His brothers, Harry, George and Frank, along with a man named Louis Sweetser, had reorganized the Yale Dredging Co. into the Sweetser-Burroughs Mining Co.
It was written when Burroughs arrived in Idaho for the last time, his brothers were operating a gold dredge in the Stanley Basin and on the Snake River in Parma.
Parma historian, the late Lucille Peterson, once wrote that prior to Burroughs' move from Stanley to Parma in 1903, the Parma residents began making plans for a "village government." Peterson wrote that during the town election in April 1904, several nominations appeared on the ballot, one of whom was Burroughs, and he won by one vote 49 to 48. He served about one
It was published in the "Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association" fanzine that Burroughs "had run as an independent but had still managed to secure enough votes to edge his way in.
"Burroughs recalled, I button-holed every voter that I met, told him that I was running for office and that I did not want to be embarrassed by not getting a single vote and asking him as a personal favor to cast his vote for me, with the result that enough of them tried to save me from embarrassment to cause my election.'"
Peterson wrote she agreed that Burroughs' decision to run as an independent was probably how he got the votes. Parma, she told one of the contributing authors of the "Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association" fanzine, was at that time an intensely political town with two competing newspapers one Democrat and one Republican. An Independent offered an extra
choice to members of both parties.
Burroughs served with the Parma town government only a short time, and after the dredging company went bankrupt, he left Idaho for the last time, moving to Utah for a job as a railroad policeman.
He eventually ended up in California where he spent the rest of his life writing.
Burroughs began his writing career when he was in his mid 30s while he was proofreading advertising for "pulp magazines" in California. It was written that his "eyes strayed to an adjoining column of the magazine, a bit of fiction, and he quickly decided that he could write imaginary tales more appealing than that one."
It was at that time he wrote, "Under the Moons of Stars," and mailed it to an All Story Magazine editor, who sent Burroughs $4 for a six-part series.
In 1912, Burroughs began writing "Tarzan of the Apes." When he wrote "Tarzan," All Story Magazine purchased it for $7, and two years later it was published as a book.
The first "Tarzan" movie was released in 1918.
The story of Tarzan begins with his parents, "John Clayton," Lord Greystroke of England, and his wife, the former "Hon. Alice Rutherford." Lady Alice was pregnant when the ship, carrying the couple to her husband's mission in Africa, sinks and the couple ends up on the coast.
Their son was born in 1888, and she passed away about a year later.
Lord Greystroke died a short time later.
Upon his parents' death, the child, named John Clayton after his father, is adopted by a gray ape named "Kala." Kala's mate, "Tublat," is jealous of the child and makes his life as miserable as he can.
By the time Tarzan, named so by Kala, is 10 years old, he has the strength of a man in his prime, but he is far more agile.
He teaches himself to read and print in English, and when he is in his late teens, he encounters Caucasians.
Tarzan is returned to civilization by the Frenchman Paul d'Arnot, and eventually marries an American, Jane Porter.
Before Burroughs died March 19, 1950, at the age of 74, he wrote more than 20 books about Tarzan. All together, he was the author of more than 80 adventure stories.
During the years he lived in Idaho, Burroughs was not a writer, but when he became one in later years, he did not forget this region of the country and used characters and locales from the area in his stories.
In an article Peterson wrote about Burroughs, she quotes him as once saying he had not learned a single rule for writing fiction. "I wrote stories which I feel would entertain me, knowing that there are millions of people just like me.²
The Old Fort Boise replica in Parma is home to the Tarzan' author Edgar Rice Burroughs historical display. About six years ago, the display was created with the history of the author's life in Parma. The display also contains old Tarzan' magazines and books about the famed character Burroughs created.
Photo by DAWN EDEN / Argus Observer.Copyright 2000 Wick Communications, Inc.
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