Toon Disney, the all-Disney cartoon channel, has announced their first original series, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN. The series will bow on the cable network in fall 2001. In the show, Tarzan (Michael T. Weiss, THE PRETENDER) will be reunited with his animal family and must defend the jungle from the encroachment of man. Other characters in the series will be Jane (Olivia d' Abo, THE WONDER YEARS), Professor Porter (Jeff Glen Bennett, THE WEEKENDERS), the well-meaning ape Terk (April Winchell, RECESS, PEPPER ANN) and Tantor the elephant (Jim Cummings, THE TIGGER MOVIE). Walt Disney Television Animation will produce the series, with executive producers Bill Motz and Bob Roth, with producer and supervising director Steve Loter on board. "Since its debut in April 1998, Toon Disney has grown significantly and has received tremendous praise from kids and parents alike," said Anne Sweeney, president, ABC Cable Networks Group. "The network's outstanding growth and performance has led us to introduce THE LEGEND OF TARZAN as Toon Disney's first all-new original animated series."