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    Tarzan Chimp (The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story)

    Tarzan Chimp (The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story)
    "Come play with us Mowgli!"
    Gender: Male
    Type: Leader of the Chimpanzees
    Age: Unknown
    Species: Chimpanzee
    Portrayed by: Wallace Shawn
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story


    The Tarzan Chimp is a character who appeared in the 1998 Disney direct-to-video film The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story. He is voiced by Wallace Shawn.

    Why He Should Intentionally Get Chased Away By Shere Khan

    1. First and foremost, the Tarzan Chimp only exists in this movie just to give the viewer someone to root against that the source material did not have.
    2. He is basically serves as pathetic replacement of King Louie since he didn't appear in Mowgli's Story.
    3. Geographical error: The idea of having a trio of chimpanzees in the Indian jungle makes absolute zero sense, even by The Jungle Book standards, since chimpanzees are only native to the north and central jungles of Africa, not India.
    4. Although he is considered the "leader" of the other chimpanzees, he acts way immaturely in general, as he is constantly seen fooling around with the other chimps, such as when he and the chimps splash around like toddlers in the watering hole.
    5. He refuses to listen to the others, especially Haithi, as seen at the beginning of the film, where he tells him and the other chimps not to bathe in the watering hole because the other animals have to drink it, yet they already do so.
    6. He even kisses Mowgli just as he himself was about to uncover the bushes, which is just disgusting.
      • What is made worse about this is that this is basically considered zoophilla, especially since he is a chimpanzee, and Mowgli is a human.
    7. He is basically considered a ripoff of Tarzan's faithful sidekick Cheeta from the live action 1930s Tarzan movies.
    8. He doesn't show any dimorphism (in other words, the difference between something) among the other chimpanzees, which makes it hard to tell which chimp is the Tarzan chimp.
    9. Much like the other animals in the film, his mouth doesn't move when he speaks, which is a disadvantage towards viewers with loss of hearing. Considering that Mowgli's Story is low budget, it was possible that they couldn't afford the special effects used to provide lip sync for the animals.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. He got his comeuppance at the end of the movie where he and the other chimps get chased off by Shere Khan.
    2. His animal did a good job portraying him, and Wallace Shawn did a decent job voicing him.
    3. He does obey Shere Khan at times.
    4. He does have really good dancing moves, as seen in The Monkey Dance scene.
    5. He can be funny at times.

    Trivia

    1. The Tarzan Chimp and the rest of the chimpanzees were created exclusively for the 1998 Disney adaptation of The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story and have no original counterparts in the original 1967 film nor do they appear in Rudyard Kipling's original book.
    2. The Tarzan Chimp's name is not mentioned in the film and his name is only listed in the end credits.
    3. His name is a reference to the character Tarzan, a character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is possible that his name is an indirect reference to Cheeta, a chimpanzee character that appeared in the 1930s-1960s eras of the Tarzan films as well as the 1966 TV series.
      • Ironically, Disney would later release a film in 1999 titled Tarzan starring the titular character of the same name, one year after the release of The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story.
    • The Tarzan Chimp's position as leader is a possible reference to the dominant male chimps being the one who lead groups of chimpanzees, showing that chimpanzees are patriarchal - unlike its relative the bonobo where the dominant females are the ones leading groups of bonobos.

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