Rise and Shine

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” has several treats for fans of the 1968 classic, “Planet of the Apes.” I loved the old movie and was very excited about the new one. Fortunately it did not disappoint.

A female chimp named Cornelia is a reference to Roddy McDowall’s character Cornelius. I think an orangutan named Maurice is a reference to Maurice Evans, who played Dr. Zaius. Caesar’s mother is named “Bright Eyes,” which is what Dr. Zira called Charlton Heston’s Taylor in the original. Later, Caesar plays with a 3-D puzzle of the Statue of Liberty, no explanation necessary. There are also brief shots of news coverage of a manned mission to Mars, which is a reference to Taylor’s spaceflight in the original.

I paid 15¢ to see “Planet of the Apes” in a theatre. That was a bargain, even back then. Actually I paid 75¢ to see all five Apes movies back to back to back to back to back. I also liked the cheesy TV series based on the films and started a petition to protest its cancellation.

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