Over the last few days I’ve been having a prolonged Tarzan moment. I don’t know why, I just got the urge to rewatch it over the weekend and I also watched it again today. I mean, it was always one of my favorite Disney movies when I was little, so why not, right? You can never have too much Disney.
But I feel really stupid and slightly disturbed right now. I must have watched this hundreds of times over the years when I was younger and prided myself on knowing the movie by heart— even rewatching it this weekend, for the first time in years, I was able to quote it word for word.
And yet, the first thing I noticed within the first few minutes of rewatching the film are the corpses of Tarzans parents. Seriously, I’m clueless as to how I managed to miss them entirely for ten odd years. I’m not kidding, you can see them clear as day in that picture and yet every time that scene played I just stared at the bloody pawprints on the floor. In a sense that was still disturbing, because… blood, prints, wow, clearly the parents are dead… I think that if my 5-year-old self had actually noticed the very visible dead bodies mere inches from those stains I probably would have shat every brick on the planet.
Then comes the next ‘disturbing’ scene that, again, I did not notice until now. This being Claytons death by hanging. I think it was fairly obvious to the audience (regardless of their age) that when he cut the vines and fell followed by a shot of the vine being pulled taught and the machete dropping to the ground, that was a clear indication that Clayton was dead. He’d accidentally hung himself. Okay, my innocent child mind could comprehend and deal with that, no problem. My 20-year-old self rewatches it, and— what the fuck, all these years I have been missing the shadow of Claytons lifeless body hanging from a vine and swaying ominously in the jungle breeze. JESUS. I’ll let myself off here, my eyes were usually fixed on either the blade in the foreground or on Tarzan, but still. That’s one huge ass dead shadow that I’ve been missing out on.
I seriously cannot explain how in Gods name I never noticed these things before because I honestly watched Tarzan to the death when I was little. I loved it. My love for it has been rekindled lately, I’m not sorry. But jeez, these details are the first things I noticed during these scenes when I rewatched it now. I didn’t know they were there to begin with so it’s not like I was looking out for them. I literally just managed to not see them at all throughout my childhood, which is probably a good thing, because I’m pretty traumatised by dead parent corpses and hanging antagonists.