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Tarzan's Parents are minor characters from Disney's 1999 film Tarzan.


Not much is known about Tarzan's birth parents. They are very close as it is shown in the movie's opening, when they embrace after they were all safely off their burning ship.

  • Tarzan's Father seems to be very strong, but also very kind, as well as very observant. When baby Tarzan pointed to the large tree in a playful manner, he instantly knew it would be a safe place to build a safe home together.
  • Tarzan's Mother seems to be an independent woman with equal emotional and mental strength to that of her husband. When she and her husband were building the tree house she was by his side the entire time. She is also strong and persevering because she is seen carrying Tarzan on her back while building the tree house.

It is known however, that they loved each other, and their son, very much; this was shown in the beginning of the film, when Tarzan's Father risked being burned as he attempted to lower the lifeboat where his wife and son are on it from the burning ship, as well as when his mother helped him into the lifeboat after jumping off the ship.

Another example of their love is when they give their lives to keep Tarzan safe from Sabor. This was their ultimate sacrifice.

There is also a good chance that if they could somehow know about Kala, and her efforts to take care of Tarzan, they would love her and be grateful to her for everything she had done for their son.



Tarzan's parents cast ashore in an unknown area of Africa with Tarzan after their ship is burned down. Although it is unseen on screen, they are killed by Sabor, as seen when Kala rescues Tarzan from Sabor after seeing their bodies.

Eventually, they were avenged by Tarzan as an adult, who would grow up to kill Sabor.


  • It seems Tarzan has gotten his hair color and facial shape from his father, and gained his mother's hair type and eye color.
  • In the novel, their names are given as Lady Alice Greystroke and Lord John Greystroke.
  • Their death is different from the original source material. In the novel Tarzan of the Apes, Lady Alice dies from natural causes and Lord Greystroke is killed by Kerchak.
  • Ironically, the main human villain of the film shared the same name as Tarzan's father, John Clayton.
  • Tarzan's parents are the first Disney parents to die around the same time in the movie, the second being Anna and Elsa's parents from Frozen.
  • In one deleted scene, it is depicted differently as we see his father look sadly at his wife's picture before protecting their son, implying she is already dead like in the novel.


v - e - d

Films: Tarzan/Video/Soundtrack | Tarzan & Jane | Tarzan II | The Legend of Tarzan
Television: The Legend of Tarzan | House of Mouse
Video Games: Disney's Tarzan | Tarzan: Untamed | Return to the Jungle | Kingdom Hearts | Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure | Disney Infinity
Books: Read-Aloud Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Little Golden Storybook | The Tarzan Chronicles | Banana Hunt

Disney Parks

Art of Animation | Disney Animation Building | Tarzan's Treehouse
Entertainment: Celebrate the Magic | Fantasmic! | Festival of Family & Friends | La Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale Disney | One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! | Tarzan Rocks! | Tarzan: The Encounter | The Golden Mickeys | Tree of Life Awakens
Shops: Professor Porter's Trading Post


Original: Tarzan | Terk | Tantor | Kala | Kerchak | Flynt and Mungo | Sabor | Lord and Lady Greystroke | Manu | Jane Porter | Archimedes Q. Porter | Clayton and his men | Baboons
Midquel: Zugor | Mama Gunda | Kago and Uto
TV Series: Tublat | Hista | Zutho | Gozan and Hungo | Ian McTeague | Thaddeus Hunt | Jake & Sam | Mabaya | Count Nikolas Rokoff | Lady Waltham | Queen La | Leopard Men | Muviro | Kaj | Usula | Dr. Doyle | Eleanor | Greenly | Hazel | Ian | Lieutenant Colonel Staquait | Renard Dumont | Samuel T. Philander | Theodore Roosevelt | Hugo and Hooft | Nura and Sheeta | Edgar Rice Burroughs | Mangani | Jabari | Dania | German Poacher | Basuli | Naoh | Chief Keewazi | Nigel Taylor | Female Tyrannosaurus Rex | Velociraptors | Triceratops


Season One: "Race Against Time" | "Trading Post" | "Lost Cub" | "Lost City of Opar" | "Fugitives" | "Rogue Elephant" | "Poisoned River" | "Enemy Within" | "Fountain" | "Hidden World" | "Rift" | "Giant Beetles" | "Jungle Madness" | "Protege" | "Leopard Men Rebellion" | "Rough Rider" | "Seeds of Destruction" | "Silver Ape" | "Challenger" | "Outbreak" | "Silver Screen" | "Beast from Below" | "All-Seeing Elephant" | "New Wave" | "Lost Treasure" | "Return of La" | "One Punch Mulligan" | "Missing Link" | "Prison Break" | "Eagle's Feather" | "Face from the Past" | "Caged Fury" | "Gauntlet of Vengeance" | "Mysterious Visitor" | "Tublat's Revenge"
Season Two: "British Invasion" | "Volcanic Diamond Mine" | "Flying Ace"


Film: Two Worlds | You'll Be in My Heart | Son of Man | Trashin' the Camp | Strangers Like Me
Musical: For the First Time


Africa | Jungle | Pellucidar | Dark Mountain | Skull Cave


Queen La's Staff


The Disney Afternoon | Disney Renaissance | Musical

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