“Penis Fight!”: A few of our favorite excerpts from “Tarzoon, Shame Of The Jungle”

By on August 30, 2015

In 1978, Stuart S. Shapiro — the creator of the original “Night Flight” TV show and this very blog you’re reading — brought a perverted feature-length adult cartoon called Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle to the U.S., promising customs officials that the film was a work-in-progress and that it would be edited for theatrical release before showing it on U.S. movie screens.

If you’re one of those people who needs to have some context, the cartoon’s plot concerns Queen Bazonga, who resides in a blimp inside a cave shaped like a women’s legs spread open revealing her vagina, and her plans to conquer the earth, but because she is bald, she doesn’t think she will be taken seriously, so she decides to get a scalp transplant from a maid named June, who works for, and is having unsuccessful sex, with Shame, the ruler of the jungle.

Oh, and she has an army of marching penis soldiers at her beck and call.


Here’s a few excerpts –including Flicka the monkey vs. a penis soldier — from the French/Belgian film we first told you about here, the first foreign-animated film to receive both an X-rating for its content, and wide distribution in the U.S.

The film’s success was due in no small part to Shapiro’s International Harmony distribution’s ad campaign, which helped to make the film a success at its screenings in San Francisco,  with ad copy created by writer Edwin Heaven that focused on the controversial MPAA rating, with posters and radio ads that promised: “You’re Going To Laugh Your X Off!”

Tarzoon — titled Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle in the States , Tarzoon: La Honte De La Jungle in France/Belgium, and, curiously, Jungle Burger in the UK — was eventually re-edited and dubbed into English, and the MPAA was persuaded by the distributor to change the film’s rating to R.

This new version featured newly-penned dialogue — by comedic geniuses Anne Beatts and Michael O’Donoghue — and voices, provided by celebs like John Belushi (“Craig Barker”), Christopher Guest (“Chief M’Bulu”), Adolph Caesar (“Brutish”), Brian Doyle-Murray “Charles of the Pits #1″), Judy Graubart (“Stella Starlet”), Bill Murray (“Reporter”) and Johnny Weissmuller Jr. (“Shame”), among many others you might recognize.

Read the entire story, and watch the entire cartoon, right here.


About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.