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Tarzan's parents
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Personality Tarzan's father: Handsome, fatherly
Tarzan's mother: Beautiful, motherly, kind
Appearance Tarzan's father: Slender, muscular, fair skin, brown hair and mustache, blue eyes, white shirt, navy pants, blue suspenders, barefoot
Tarzan's mother: Slender, fair skin, auburn hair, blue-green eyes, pink lips, olive dress with green blouse, olive bow on the back of her head
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Occupation Tarzan's parents
Alignment Good
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Goal To protect Tarzan (success)
Home England (formerly)
Africa
Relatives Tarzan (son)
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Enemies Sabor
Likes Their son
Dislikes Their ship destroyed and Sabor
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Fate Both are killed by Sabor. But managed to hide their son from Sabor before he could be killed as well. Their attempt to hide their son and keep him safe would result in him being saved later by Kala.
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Tarzan's Parents are minor characters from Disney's 1999 film Tarzan.

Personality

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.

  • John Clayton/Lord Greystoke (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.
  • Lady Alice Greystoke (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 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. 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.

Appearances

Tarzan

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 and eaten 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.

In one deleted scene, the scene is depicted differently as we see his father look sadly at his wife's picture before protecting their son, implying she is dead.

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Trivia

  • It seems Tarzan has gotten his hair color and facial shape from his father, and gained his mother's hair type and eye color.
  • If someone looks closely, the dead body of Tarzan's mother has lost her right hand, make it possibly the most graphic dead body in Disney histories.
  • Ironically the main human villain of the film shared the same name as Tarzan's father, John Clayton.
  • At the end of "You will be in my heart" (shortly after Tarzan is adopted by Kala), a woman's voice can be heard softly whispering "Always...". This could be interpreted to be the spirit of Tarzan's mother, noting her undying love for her son.
  • 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. Interestingly enough, both Tarzan and Frozen were directed by Chris Buck.


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Tarzan 2004 cover

Media: Tarzan | The Legend of Tarzan | Tarzan & Jane | House of Mouse | Tarzan II

Video Games: Disney's Tarzan | Tarzan: Untamed | Kingdom Hearts | Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure

Park Attractions: Tarzan's Treehouse

Original Film Characters: Tarzan | Terk | Tantor | Kala | Kerchak | Flynt and Mungo | Sabor | Lord and Lady Greystroke | Manu | Jane Porter | Archimedes Q. Porter | Clayton | Clayton's Men | Baboons

Midquel Characters: Mama Gunda | Zugor | Kago and Uto

TV Series Characters: Tublat | Hista | Lady Waltham | Queen La | Leopard Men | Kats | Usula | Dr. Doyle | Eleanor | Greenly | Hazel | Ian | Lieutenant Colonel Staquait | Renard Dumont | Samuel T. Philander | Theodore Roosevelt | Hugo and Hooft | Nuru and Sheeta | Edgar Rice Burroughs

Locations: Africa | Jungle | Pellucidar | Dark Mountain

Objects: Queen La's Staff

Songs: Two Worlds | Two Worlds (Reprise) | You'll Be in My Heart | Son of Man | Strangers Like Me | Trashin' the Camp | Two Worlds (Finale)

See Also: The Disney Afternoon

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