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The Movie We’re Going ‘Ape’ For

Written by PETA | August 1, 2011

I hope you’re as stoked as I am to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which opens this Friday, August 5. The movie’s message and CGI special effects are so animal-friendly that PETA has given director Rupert Wyatt a Proggy Award for recognizing that real great apes don’t belong on production sets.


Given the impressive technology available now—and you’ll see it in all its glory in this film—there’s no need to hire wild-animal trainers who rip baby chimpanzees away from their mothers and physically abuse them to force them to perform on cue.

Run, walk, or swing through the trees—just don’t wait to see this movie!

A PETA “chimpanzee” gives Rise of the Planet of the Apes two opposable thumbs up outside the premiere in Hollywood.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • drew f says:

    Thank you for letting us know that this is PETA Approved I hope you can let us know if any more movie that should be banned or watchable. I can’t watch any movies that has pets in them for fear that they get killed off. Why can’t they live out animals in movies.

  • Michael says:

    I appreciate the movie because no one—ape or human—is shown smoking cigarettes.

  • carol broll says:

    I am so happy to have found this PETA blog. I want to see ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ but I had to make sure that there were no performing animals used in the making of the picture. Three cheers for CGI!…and leave the real animals in the wild where they belong!

  • carmen says:

    it is great to know that someone took the time to find a way to do not FORCE an animal to work for human entretainment. this people had earn my respect:)congratulations !!!!am looking foward to go see this movie!!

  • Jadewarlock says:

    This is great; however, you all forget that for the most part monkeys were not used in the original “Planet of the Apes” serial and there WAS ONE used in the remake version a few years ago with Matt Damon in the human lead. How quickly you guys forget, and show hypocricy in an ironic way.

  • Joe says:

    Whoops- sorry I now see that this was a separate story!

  • Joseph Davis says:

    This is really lame. All of these comments look like they were written by staff members. Some of the CGI in this film is so bad that I almost wish that they HAD used real apes. And funny how you are deleting all other comments.

  • Thomas Thomson says:

    God Bless! She is proud of you!

  • David Kaliner says:

    I’m not “monkeying” around when I say that I truly look forward to seeing “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” It is fantastic to learn that animals reportedly were not mistreated in the making of this prequel to the “Planet of the Apes” saga. An animal-friendly production is great to hear about. Positive messages in movies are also most welcome in Hollywood these days.

  • Christine says:

    I will go to see this movie ONLY because it doesn’t feature live animals. The movie I am boycotting is ZOOKEEPER (it looks terrible anyway), especially due to so many animals that suffered in the making of it, especially the poor, sweet giraffe that died while filming. Glad you sent Mr. Sandler a letter hopefully waking him up to his animal abuse just for fun and movie profit. Bless Mr. Wyatt for having a brain and using CGI animals, instead of forcing animals to endure unnecessary abuse! I love you, PETA! You have changed my world to vegan!

  • Zenna says:

    can’t wait to see this movie

  • VegetarianGurrl says:

    Its great to see that someone cares about the welfare of these intelligent animals! I will be going to see the film and to support it! Well done Rupert, you deserve the Proggy Award 🙂