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"Tarzan" Swings and Collins Sings at June 12 World Premiere for Disney's Latest Animated Feature at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre.

BURBANK, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--May 11, 1999--

The world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' new animated feature, "Tarzan," will be held at Hollywood's legendary El Capitan Theatre on Saturday, June 12, and accompanied by a live performance by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Phil Collins, it was announced Tuesday by Richard Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group.

A star-studded guest list of celebrities and their families is expected to attend this invitation-only event, which will include a brand-new 20-minute live stage show on the El Capitan's newly renovated full-size theatrical stage.

Following a screening of the film, guests will be treated to a private performance by Collins, who will sing four of the five songs he wrote for "Tarzan" as well as other hits. Food and festivities continue after the concert at the El Capitan Entertainment Centre.

Among the celebrities in attendance will be many of the talented actors who lent their voices to the characters in "Tarzan." That distinguished group includes Tony Goldwyn (Tarzan), Minnie Driver (Jane), Glenn Close (Kala), Alex D. Linz (Young Tarzan), Nigel Hawthorne (Porter) and Brian Blessed (Clayton).

The "Tarzan" premiere will mark the official debut of the El Capitan's newly installed "mighty" Wurlitzer organ, which will be used as preshow entertainment at all future events. The stage at the El Capitan has also been newly renovated and expanded to accommodate more elaborate productions and special events.

Inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs' immortal adventure classic and energized by the driving rhythm of five great new songs by Collins, Walt Disney Pictures' exciting new animated feature, "Tarzan," takes moviegoers on an imaginative fun-filled jungle excursion unlike any other.

Disney's "Tarzan" follows the extraordinary adventures of an orphaned infant raised by a family of gorillas and ultimately accepted as one of their own. As Tarzan matures into a young man with all the instincts of a jungle animal and the physical prowess of an athletic superstar, his life changes forever when he finally meets other humans, with whom he feels an immediate and irresistible bond.

A Walt Disney Pictures presentation, "Tarzan" was directed by Kevin Lima and Chris Buck and produced by Bonnie Arnold. Phil Collins wrote the songs, and Mark Mancina composed the score. The screenplay was written by Tab Murphy and Bob Tzudiker & Noni White. The film is set to open nationwide on June 18.
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