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Rise of the Planet of the Apes








Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the first live-action film in the history of movies to star and be told from the point of view of a sentient animal—a character with humanlike qualities, who can strategize, organize, and ultimately lead a revolution, and with whom audiences will experience a real emotional bond. The Oscar-winning visual-effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings is breaking new ground, using computer-generated imagery (CGI) to create apes who deliver a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence—as well as epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of humans and apes. The film highlights the journey of an ape named Caesar, a fully CGI creation realized through a motion-capture performance by Andy Serkis (who also played Gollum in Lord of the Rings) and the animation team at Weta Digital. James Franco, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton, and John Lithgow also star in this exciting drama.

Director Rupert Wyatt mandated that Rise of the Planet of the Apes not use any real apes during filming and worked with Weta Digital to create lifelike apes through revolutionary visual effects. Chimpanzees who are used in entertainment are typically torn away from their mothers shortly after birth—a horrible process that causes irreversible psychological harm to the baby and the mother. Trainers typically use fear-based training methods and physical abuse in an effort to suppress instinctive behaviors and force apes to perform on cue. Rupert explained that a big theme of this movie is humanity’s mistreatment and abuse of captive apes. Apes are the heroes of this film, and humans are the villains—and Rupert said he couldn’t imagine a worse way of undercutting that message than by using real apes in the movie’s production.

Rupert’s compassionate choice has earned him a PETA Proggy Award, which applauds companies, people, and products for innovative and animal-friendly achievements. 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes has also received PETA’s seal of approval both for the film’s use of CGI and for spotlighting animal rights messages.

Catch Rise of the Planet of the Apes in theaters starting August 5! Learn more about this exciting motion picture by checking out exclusive interviews with the director and the visual-effects team and production stills from the film.

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  • Rondo says:

    I am just curious if they used real horses and dogs in the movie?

  • Caroline says:

    To anie and baconlover nowhere in the movie are any people killed (the guy that did was a accident). The destruction of mankind is predictably done by humans themselves mainly the virus. It does not surprise me that we would end up that way.I don’t condone the extinction of anything including my own species but as far as I can see the only treat to humanity is and would be ourselves.As people we are capable of the most vile despicable acts ever committed against each other and all other living things on this planet.We are also capable of great sacrifice, compassion and love unfortunately more times than I would like to see greed, selfishness seems to override that. I was raised to respect all life. I loved this movie and I doubt we would be capable of showing that much mercy towards our captures and abusers as Cesar did.

  • sugalee says:

    I keep reading comments that there were no animals hurt in the movie. Did I dream an ape, in an effort to save Ceasar on the San Francisco Bridge, jumped at a standing helicopter and got shot and killed?

  • Katie says:

    I was so pleasantly surprised that this movie upheld its strong message throughout, and at no point allowed us to feel that it was acceptable to hold animals captive or test on them.
    Wonderful that no real animals were used – amazingly talented artists created touching characters.
    “BaconLover” – if you had actually watched the movie, you would have seen that the apes did not kill any innocent human beings – only those who threatened their lives

  • Vaishali Joglekar says:

    @ “Anie” and “Baconlover”: Actually, the film does not promote killing humans. There are instances where an ape comes face to face with a human, and is about to end his life, but Ceasar interrupts and commands the ape to desist. (The most famous being the Golden Gate Bridge scene where the gorilla is atop the policeman.) The apes’ goal is quite clear: freedom from captivity and the attainment of a safe home. Ceasar’s warm upbringing and acute leadership skills support defense over offense throughout the film. In addition, the apes do not rise because they annihilate humans; script writers Jaffa and Silva wove into the plot a virus which decimates humans… but apes are immune to.

  • Nikki says:

    This is an amazing movie!!! If it weren’t for Peta’s recommendation I probably wouldn’t have seen it, so thank you! I cried through the entire movie and even in the car on the ride home. Although this is not a true story, per se, the sad fact is that testing on/treatment of animals like this happens everyday (often more horrific than what was even shown in the film). There is absolutely NO need for testing on animals. At one point in history people didn’t believe in women’s liberation and believed that slavery of humans was acceptable. Looking back it’s hard to believe that such beliefs prevailed. Animal liberation is next! We are all beings on this earth…it’s time we started treating one and other with compassion and respect!!!

  • Anie says:

    I am glad that no animals were hurt in the making of this movie.And I am also grateful for the message that animals should not be tested on. But I am sadden by some of the remarks made here. If this was an actual situation would you still be on the side of the chimps? Real or not how can anyone support the mass murder of people anywhere, no matter what they do? You are humans and by saying “evil humans” you put your self in that group. Yes, hurting animals is wrong but as a human with compassion look clearly. Animals no matter how smart will revert to their animalistic ways. Not to say humans aren’t carnal, thats our nature. And even if the moral of the story is “animals rise their voice to say stop the creulty against us” as someone so eqoulently put it, killing is not the way to go. I can not wholly promote this movie

  • Maria Elena Bernal says:

    I will definately go watch this movie now that I know that PETA has approved of it. I might just go tonight! Thank you PETA! Thank you Mr. Rupert Wyatt! 🙂