Tarzan II (October 4/05)
Tarzan II is essentially the very definition of a needless sequel, as the film doesn't really have a compelling story to tell and is packed with a whole host of pointless subplots and characters (there's not enough story here to even sustain a 72-minute running time). The film follows Tarzan (voiced by Harrison Chad) as he attempts to cope with his clumsiness and other distinctly non-ape qualities - though the relentless teasing he receives certainly doesn't help matters. But when everyone assumes he's dead after a mishap, Tarzan uses the opportunity to start a new life elsewhere - finally hooking up with a grizzled old ape named Zugor (George Carlin). Although Tarzan II does sport above-average animation (this is practically theatrical quality) and voice performances that are uniformly effective, the movie never feels like anything more than an attempt to cash in on the Tarzan name. And though there's little doubt that kids will enjoy this - the movie is packed with wacky supporting characters and over-the-top bits of physical comedy - it seems fairly obvious that adults will find Tarzan II tedious and tiresome.