Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle

Posted by Mike

Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle was actually a series of novels created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Filmation produced an animated series of it in 1978 and titled it the same name Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. The series ran from 1976 – 1984.

Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle had 4 seasons with 36 episodes running about half hour each on CBS in 1976. The series stared Robert Ridgely and Lou Scheimer and was directed by Don Towsley. This is one of the few cartoons during that time frame that stayed on the air for that long.

Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle has been recreated in many situations and cartoons such as Disney’s Tarzan so many of the character may sound alike. The main character of course was Tarza then N’kima, Jad-bal-ja who raised and trained Tarzan and Mangani and Tantor who are Tarzan’s friends.

The series had many characters in it good and bad. Tarzan as the title says is the Lord of the Jungle and he protects his friends and family against many bad characters who also live in the forest with him. Like any other story there are always bad guys.

The various seasons in the series were titled differently so many of the series were part of the Saturday morning cartoon series Tarzan and the Super 7.


  1. OverBurn says:

    Great Cartoon Series , Childhood Favorite!

    Just for the information. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle was not the name of the series of ERB novels. The series was called Tarzan of the Apes, 24 novels 1912-1965. #11 was named Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.

    Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle Cartoon Series, Original 36 episodes ran 1976-79.

  2. Barbara says:

    I’ve been looking for this series forever! Do you know how I can purchase these episides. Thanks!

  3. Michael says:

    Warner Home Video announced, last spring, that it’s working to remaster each and every episode of Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle to eventually be released on DVD. Apparently, the Estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs gave Warner Home Video the green light to begin remastering the program for a DVD release. Now, for bonus features, why not include interviews with Michael and John Burroughs, descendants of Tarzan creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Filmation alum Erika Scheimer, writer Paul Dini, Warner Bros. Animation exec Sam Register, a few CBS programmers, etc. Yes, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle was the most faithful adaptation of the character and one of a handful of long-running Saturday morning TV cartoon shows, especially from the 70′s, where it was loaded with scores of long-running SatAM shows. Filmation had three long-running programs at the time, Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids, the studio’s most successful program, and The Archies being the other two. For animated adventure programs in the 1970′s, for most of the decade, it was Hanna-Barbera’s The Superfriends, but Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle arrived in 1976 from Filmation. Warner Home Video is finishing up with The Superfriends, but I believe they’ll start on Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, soon thereafter. Once it’s finally released on DVD, go buy it- it’ll be a treasure for cartoon collectors of all ages.

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