After decades of sharing its identity with a vine-hopping jungle hero, Tarzana is swinging into action with its first Tarzan Movie Festival.
The festival on Saturday will include a loin cloth costume contest for children, Tarzan T-shirts and posters and, of course, films featuring the fictional character. In addition, comic books with the "Me Tarzan, you Jane" dialogue printed in such languages as Swedish, Finnish and Portuguese will be given away.
"It's for kids, and for the heritage of Tarzana," said Don Whittemore, vice president of the local Chamber of Commerce.
Whittemore said the town of 32,000 has never truly acknowledged the adventure hero created in 1914 by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, who moved to the area in 1919, using profits from his first novel, "Tarzan of the Apes," to buy a 550-acre goat farm he named the Tarzana Ranch.