Warner Bros. Releases Filmation’s Tarzan, Lord Of The Jungle: Season One On June 14, 2016!

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.

Tarzan Lord of the Jungle

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.

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[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!

Warner Bros. Pictures

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.”

The New Adventures of Tarzan Pop-Up Book

This gem from Hake’s is 8×9.25” and has 16 B&W pages and 2 story picture panels per page plus text with hree full color pop-ups. The book has the slightest cover aging but color remains strong. The pages have the slightest trace of margin aging but are VF/Exc. First pop-up has a few very minor crease lines on one of Tarzan’s sholders w/ .25″ tear.

John Carter Teaser Poster

Thanks to Ain’t It Cool News for the heads up on this teaser poster for the upcoming John Carter: Warlord of Mars motion picture. Disney Studios has shortened the name of the picture to John Carter, something that my fellow Edgar Rice Burroughs fans have been less than quiet about in their dislike. Though as Nordling at Ain’t It Cool has pointed out, this teaser poster has an M on it…so maybe they are planning on changing the title again?

I’ve been a huge fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs since I picked up what would be his first novel in the Pellucidar series, At the Earth’s Core. From there I quickly started snatching up what I could of his works and fell in love with his Tarzan series and the admitted favorite of his own work, The Outlaw of Torn. Then a very good friend was kind enough to let me borrow John Carter: A Princess of Mars…it immediately became my favorite of Burroughs’s literary work.

For those not in the know, A Princess of Mars introduces us to John Carter, a Confederate Civil War veteran, turned prospector who is forced to flee for his life in Arizona when beset by attacking Native Americans. He holes up in a cave and that night is mysteriously transported to the planet Mars. There he soon encounters the warrior race of the green skinned Tharks and thanks to the lesser gravity of the red planet finds he possesses great strength which allows him to rise up the ranks of importance in the nomadic tribe. Soon the Tharks capture the Princess of Helium, Dejah Thoris. Before you know it John Carter is doing his level best to settle the politics of the planet…which includes leading a horde of Tharks in an attack on the enemies of Dejah Thoris’s people. Winning her hand in the process at the end of the first novel he is bestowed the title of the Prince of Helium. Obviously there is a whole lot more going on in that book…but I want to avoid anymore spoilers.

Hasbro Tarzan Oil Painting Set (1968)

Half of the stuff that I find at Hake’s, I just want to get so I can frame the box art. Two things I like about this particular box. 1. This image of Tarzan is great, I think he kind of looks like Fonzi. 2. It has a chimpanzee in it. Who doesn’t love a happy chimp smiling at them. Look closely, he is definitely smiling.

tarzan oil painting

According to Hake’s:
14.25×18.25×1.25” deep box contains set #2265 by Hasbro. ©1968 Banner Productions. Sealed set includes unusual sculptured orange plastic frame, large 12×16” canvas, 8 oil paint capsules and brush. Insert art features photo of child painting an art image of Tarzan and Cheeta the ape on vine. Paint-by-number canvas features duplicated image from insert. Insert has warp, but box remains sealed as issued. 2” split to original cellophane along top side panel with 1.25” tear to surface paper but o/w set remains tightly sealed and N. Mint as issued. Great large set. Scarce.

Hasbro Tarzan Oil Painting Set [via] Hake’s