On September 11th, 1976 Filmation debuted Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle on CBS where it lasted for four seasons. Now on June 14th we will get the first 16 episodes of that animated series when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the Complete Season One to DVD.
The classic Filmation version of Tarzan skews closer to the the stories that Edgar Rice Burroughs penned back in 1912, when Tarzan of the Apes was first published in The All-Story magazine and then in book format in 1914.
[Via] Chad Pittman
In total the Filmation Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle had 36 episodes produced and I bet if this first volume does well we will most certainly see the remaining episodes released. In fact this year is the 40th Anniversary of the animated show and of course arrives a month before the new live-action film The Legend of Tarzan hits the big screens this Summer!
From the Warner Bros. Press Release:
“Just in time for Father’s Day and the theatrical release, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the long awaited animated series that aired when Saturday Morning Cartoons reigned supreme. Available on DVD on June 14, 2016, Tarzan, Lord Of The Jungle: Complete Season One was created by the Filmation Studio for CBS and follows the animated adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ape man from the 1970’s. The two-disc collectors set includes all 16 episodes from the series’ first season, and is priced to own at $19.98 SRP.
As the opening narration explains: “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!”
“Tarzan, Lord Of The Jungle was animated the old fashion way, with many hours of hand drawn stills,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. “They don’t make animation like this anymore, and we are really proud to be releasing this timeless classic just in time for the July release of Tarzan in theaters.”