ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)



Click on CAPCon
for explanation
Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Tarzan (1999), G
CAP Score: 88
CAP Influence Density: 0.21

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President
A full 2" x 2" ad or any combination of 1" x 1" quarter-ad blocks
PLUS inclusion in our e-newsletter!

Go to Summary / Commentary
Go to Findings / Scoring

Become a CAPtain

with your donation!
A full 4" x 1" ad or any combination of 1" x 1" quarter-ad blocks
PLUS inclusion in our e-newsletter!

ALERT: To fully understand this report you should first visit the topics suggested by the CAP Table of Contents.


*Tarzan* (G) -- great animation with a touch of Darwinian philosophy.......and death -- human death.

The CAP analysis model was developed by observing the behaviors of humans. Animated features were avoided because of an anticipated gap between the influence by seeing human behavior and that of seeing animated behavior. However, by the urging of several associates the CAP analysis model was tested on animated features and it was found that it will work as well for animated features as long as the assumption is made that seeing animated behavior that can be reasonably duplicated by humans is to be considered of equal influence, especially to the impressionable.

While the animation, color splash and sound effects, even the story line of this movie were astounding, this movie was, for kids, a violent movie. There was gunfire murder and attempted murder, animal attacks, and a hanging death. And there was too much exposure of posterior flesh of Tarzan. Granted, it would be expected that a man who lived his life in the jungles would not likely be too concerned about his attire, but this was a movie. It was entertainment -- nothing real. The amount of exposure of the curvature of Tarzan's glutemous maximi and other pelvic and crotch areas was a true measure of the lowering of the threshold of acceptance of what is to be presented to our kids at earlier and earlier ages. Public schools present programs about sexual performance, homosexuality, and safe sex in elementary school, don't they? Thong bikinis are popular, right? Most bathing suits for girls, even toddlers, have leg-cuts up to the frontal iliac prominence, right? Posterior exposures are even commonplace on broadcast television, right? So, with these and thousands of other examples of previously verbotten skin exposure, why should *Tarzan* be any different?

Also, in keeping with the trend of our culture to insulate our kids from God and Creation, *Tarzan* presented clear and inarguable favoring of the theory of evolution. In one scene the face of the human father faded into the face of an ape father -- a subtle suggestion I am sure will be claimed to reflect a commonality in fatherhood rather than a suggestion of an evolutionary connection. In another scene, Tarzan was suspected of being the missing link between ape and man. In yet another the professor praised Darwin and how his theories were fortified by Tarzan.

That is what I saw. Take it for what it is worth. Movies of 1995 and 1996 which were rated G earned CAP final scores between 87 and 100. PG-rated movies of 1995/96 earned scores from 68 to 86. *Tarzan* earned an 88: just barely above equivalency to PG-rated movies of 1995/96.

I am certain I will get a lot of "GIVE ME UH BREAK" comments, but this is what I saw. Review the CAP numbers and listing of ignominy in the Findings/Scoring section below and decide for yourself. The CAP Findings/Scoring section is strongest feature of the CAP model -- they do not decide for you what is and is not acceptable, so unlike the Motion Picture Association of America.

For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Tarzan (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • graphic animal attacks
  • threat with firearms
  • injury and attempted murder with firearms

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • trickery with lies to do bidding
  • parental arguing

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • skimpy dress throughout

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking of wine

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • implications and references to Darwinian evolution

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by gunfire

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

    The ChildCare Action Project (CAP) is a nonprofit Christian ministry. We rely on public support. If you wish to contribute to the CAP, please send your donations to

    ChildCare Action Project
    Post Office Box 177
    Granbury, TX 76048-0177

    Tax exemption applies in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Tax Codes.

    Please feel free to write to us.

    You are welcome to
    Go back to the CAP Reports Page
    Top of the CAP Home Page
    CAP Table of Contents

    or leave me an email message or comment at

    Thank you for visiting us and may God bless you. Prayerfully, we will provide you with some of the most revealing commentary and investigative reporting you have ever read.

    In the name of Jesus:
    Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.

    Thomas A. Carder
    ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)

    Copyright ChildCare Action Project (CAP)

    Click Here For