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Metropole Club: The "TARZANA!" Report of the Week
September 15, 2005
This is the name of some good old town, named thusly
because Tarzan used to live there, so beloved by its current and former
residents that they have a reunion there. Dates, frequency, unknown.The
official history, all versions of it, is brief. Edgar Rice Burroughs settled
there in 1910 and called his spread the 'Tarzana Ranch' because it was
the local name. Two years later he created 'Tarzan,' but it was some years
later that the book was published. In fact, Tarzana was supposed to be
called 'Runnymede.' Imagine, instead of 'Tarzan of the Apes,' he wrote
'Runnymede of the Apes.' Tarzana was incorporated in 1930, but despite
everything, is not a legit 'City of the Week.'
Beyond the Farthest Planet
Hubble reveals new map of Pluto
By Paul Rincon ~ BBC
News ~ September 12, 2005
Astronomers have produced a new colour map of Pluto,
the most distant planet in our Solar System, using images from the Hubble
Space Telescope. The detailed map shows areas likely to be methane frost
a bright spot perhaps made of frozen carbon monoxide. . . . The latest
global map was produced using data obtained by Hubble's Advanced Camera
for Surveys (ACS) between July 2002 and June 2003. The telescope worked
over 12 orbits and looked through two filters. Producing the map has taken
two years of computer processing. The researchers, led by Marc Buie of
the Lowell Observatory, have found dark areas thought to be dirty water-ice
and brighter ones indicating nitrogen frost. Red areas indicate methane
ice and possibly other organics (carbon-based molecules). Recent discoveries
in the outer Solar System have cast doubt on Pluto's status as a planet.
Some think it is simply the first historically recorded representative
of a larger family of distant bodies known as Kuiper belt objects.
Start date announced for 'Tarzan' musical
~ Sep. 12, 2005
"Tarzan" is set to swing onto Broadway next spring, says
the Disney show's producer, Thomas Schumacher. Opening night for the show,
which will feature music and lyrics by six-time Grammy Award winner Phil
Collins, is scheduled for May 10 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Collins
has expanded his songs from Disney's 1999 animated film into a complete
theatrical score. Two-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley has signed on
to direct and design the scenery and costumes for the musical, which features
a book written by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang. The show's book
is adapted from the screenplay by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker and Noni White
and based on the novel, "Tarzan of the Apes," by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
More than 90 years ago, Edgar Rice Burroughs introduced the character of
Tarzan to the world in the October 1912 issue of All Story Magazine.
Previews are set to begin on March 24.
Me Jungle King, not Tarzan
By: Ketan Ranga ~ Mid-Day.com
~ September 12, 2005
director V Menon, who has just directed a sci-fi version of Tarzan, is
not using the jungle man’s name in his title. Instead he’s calling it,
The Jungle King. The reason for the name change is that his producers
would have to pay BBC a royalty of Rs 16 lakh, as they hold the rights
to the name, Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most popular fictional character.
Druggie Tarzan: The sci-fi twist he’s added to
the original story of Tarzan is that the protagonist of the movie has drugs,
which makes him 20 years younger. But everything else remains the
same: he still swings between trees holding on to vines, wears a leopard-print
loincloth and even cavorts with Jane. Jungle King is V Menon’s second movie
on Tarzan; the first one was called, The Jungle Love.
‘Only sci-fi story’: Says Menon, “The movie is
totally different from the last one as this one is a science fiction based
on Tarzan and not only a jungle story. The movie is completed and will
be released by mid-October”. The film costs Rs 1.10 crore and stars Sandeep
Bhosle and Priyanka Tiwari. “It’s very well-made and has an interesting
plot. We have not named it Tarzan as the cost would have increased as we
have to pay a royalty to BBC for the movie rights.”
Past Tarzans: But, this cost-saving method is nothing
new. A 100 Hollywood movies have been made on Tarzan, but none of the directors
used the name in the title. In fact, this is the third film in Bollywood
that has been made on Tarzan. The first Hindi movie on Tarzan was made
by director V Subhash and named Tarzan. It starred Kimi Katkar and Hemant
Birje and the movie was a huge hit. Sources say that V Subhash entered
into controversy when BBC sent him letters asking him to pay the royalty.
Now the director says, “Yes I had made the movie, but I don’t remember
anything about the royalty.” And finally for some general knowledge. Tarzan,
a Greek word means man on tree or treeman. Tar means tree and Zan mean
Tarzan Invades Hong Kong?
Disneyland meets Hong Kong challenge
~ September 11, 2005
HONG KONG -- Many in Hong Kong are ready to give Mickey
Mouse a big hug for bringing Disneyland to them. But eight years
after the British colony was returned to China, the capitalist city is
much freer than the Communist mainland, and advocacy groups are vocal.
To start with the sharks: Disneyland said it was merely
trying to honor local custom by selling shark fin soup at weddings in the
park that opens Monday. But environmentalists protested that shark populations
are being depleted by the fishing industry, which usually hacks off the
fin before tossing the fish back into the sea to die. A top-level decision
was made to take the soup off the menu, said Robert Iger, president of
the Walt Disney Co. Disney made more headlines when it asked dog-catchers
to round up dozens of stray mutts near the park, sending many of them to
a certain death. And then there were the plans for nightly fireworks displays
at the park on Lantau, Hong Kong's largest island. Neighbors said they
were worried about the noise and smoke, but the park stuck with its original
In the months before the park's opening, the media sometimes
sounded as though Disney were building a shoddy nuclear plant, rather than
a cheerful amusement park with cuddly cartoon characters and a pink Sleeping
Beauty Castle with a mountain backdrop. . . . But Disneyland's Iger said
construction went smoothly with no major harm to the environment or public.
. . . Tsang's administration says the park will create
thousands of new jobs and help turn Hong Kong into a regional tourist destination
Christine Loh, a former lawmaker who runs her own think
tank, Civic Exchange, said, "Hong Kong people as a whole don't hate Disney.
They don't think it's the most awful thing to have a Disney theme park
in Hong Kong -- unlike other parts of the world where citizens got together
and said they don't want this kind of trash." . . . © Associated
Unlike the landlocked original at Disneyland in California,
Hong Kong's version of Tarzan's Treehouse occupies a lush island in the
middle of a jungle river. Since Hong Kong Disneyland on opening day will
not feature a Frontierland - or that land's Rivers of America - Imagineers
had to create a new island getaway for kids in place of Tom Sawyer Island.
They found their solution in another classic character from American
literature - Tarzan."
In Search of Tarzan: A Lesson Plan (abridged)
of Education, Wellington, New Zealand
Possible learning activities
To motivate the students: Use forest or jungle noises
from music or film soundtracks and read a jungle story.
Introduce an imaginative story activity by telling
your students: "We're going on an adventure in search of Tarzan, King of
the Jungle." Ask the students to develop and elaborate on the story using
brainstorming, discussion, and movement. As the students develop the story
step by step, discuss the following aspects.
What might the jungle be like? What could we see (under,
over, between, through, and past things), hear (bird and animal sounds,
leaves rustling, water dripping), feel (textures of the ground, slime,
water, rocks, bark), and smell? How might we move through the jungle to
find Tarzan (by crossing, stretching, crawling, reaching, pulling, pushing,
holding, swinging, slipping, falling, sliding, tripping, marching, twisting,
squeezing, dodging, jumping, running, and walking over, through, under,
and around mountains, caves, rivers, treetops, rocks, and cliffs)? What
will we take with us on our journey? How will we take it? Where will Tarzan
be in the jungle? How can we reach him? What could we do to look after
our partner when on our journey? How do we take care not to damage the
jungle? The students can brainstorm a journey as a group and then physically
move through their created adventure with a partner. After completing their
journey, the students can describe what they did and what made this an
enjoyable activity for them.