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No Apes in New ‘Planet of the Apes’

Written by PETA | April 15, 2011

Yes, you read that right. The upcoming movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Planet of the Apes, has done the original one better. Unlike Planet of the Apes, no great apes were used in the production of the sequel—it relies entirely on computer-generated imagery (CGI). As seen in the just-released trailer, the movie’s lead ape character is actually actor Andy Serkis, who, through the magic of CGI and motion-capture technology, is turned into the chimpanzee leader, Caesar.

A riveting image from The Rise of the Planet of the Apes.                  © 20th Century Fox

The spectacular digital effects are courtesy of Weta Digital, the Oscar-winning team behind Avatar, Lord of the Rings, and King Kong (whose director, Peter Jackson, earned a Proggy from PETA).

Chimpanzees and other great apes used for entertainment are torn away from their mothers as babies and physically and psychologically abused during training. When they reach adolescence and become too strong to control, they are often dumped at miserable roadside zoos, as was the fate of Chubbs, one of the chimpanzees used in the Tim Burton-directed Planet of the Apes.

Chubbs went from Hollywood to hellhole.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
has a new director, Rupert Wyatt, who wanted to make the point that in this age of advanced realistic CGI technology, there is no need to use great apes in films. Here’s hoping that other studios will take note.

You’ll definitely want to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It sounds like a great contender for another Oscar for Weta, and perhaps a PETA Proggy Award too.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • billy Williams says:

    Great! now i can go see it!

  • Devonishie says:

    Thank goodness I can watch this film and not feel guilty! I’ll never watch another movie with exotic ‘animal actors’ again!

  • shari says:

    How can we help Chubbs? Can we rescue him! What state is he being held in? We should protest to help him. I want to cry seeing him looking so sad and slowly going insane.

  • JMOThanks says:

    Sarah…You need the rewatch the movies. They used real chimps as their babies. And in the remake they use a real chimp for the astronaut and who is like the gods or something the apes worshiped.

  • Jay says:

    Sarah is mistaken. I can’t recall real apes in the first two films, but their was certainly a real chimp in “Escape From The Planet Of The Apes”! Tim Burton’s film had a real chimpanzee in it too.

  • Stephen says:

    @Sarah – besides having poor grammar and not being able to spell, you obviously can’t read or else didn’t bother to read the article.

  • kathy says:

    Wow, I didn’t know Tim Burton lacked such compassion, and would not only use apes but let one be left at a roadside zoo after the ape was used. Thank god for directors like Rupert Wyatt.

  • Jjsserrrr says:

    Actually there was a chimp used in the remake of the original with Mark Wahlberg.

  • MacKenzie says:

    This movie I’m going to see thanks to the director and the technology without using animals.

  • Sarah says:

    since there never was any real Apes in any of the movies, Its all been people in costumes.this post is irrelivent

  • keith says:

    What happened to Chubbs ?