"Tarzan, the Ape Man," released in 1932, was the first Tarzan film to feature dialogue, and proved massively successful at the box office. The film spawned 11 sequels, including "Tarzan and His Mate," "Tarzan Escapes," and "Tarzan Finds a Son."
"Tarzan" was created by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, and first appears in the novel "Tarzan of the Apes," first published in 1912. Adaptations of "Tarzan" have appeared in film, radio and television since the creation of the character. Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, who portrayed Tarzan in "Tarzan, the Ape Man," and its 11 sequels, is credited with creating the most popular version of the character. In 1999, Walt Disney Pictures released an animated adaptation, "Tarzan," intended for young children. The film was a hit at the box office.