Disney's Tarzan (1999) is, to date, the most expensive traditionally-animated (that is, 2D/hand-animated) movie ever made, costing nearly $150 million U.S. to produce. Much of the film's cost was due to the Deep Canvas 3D backgrounds that the studio developed to make the backgrounds MOVE and appear much more realistic -- though still like traditional paintings. The investment paid off, and the film earned back well beyond its cost, making it the last big hit of the 1990s Disney Renaissance.
Many longtime Tarzan fans have criticized the liberties the Disney studio took with the story and characters, but one scene, in particular, earns praise from most viewers. The fight between Tarzan and the leopard Sabor is straight out of the comic strip artwork of legendary artist Burne Hogarth -- with a touch of Frank Frazetta thrown in for good measure. It's a dark, fierce, primal fight to the death, and it never pretends to be otherwise. Many movie fans acknowledge it as one of the greatest scenes in Tarzan's very long and varied film history -- and one of the best fight scenes in Disney history.