By Craig Nixon
Since the very first Planet of the Apes film was released in 1968, the Apes series has always been a part of pop culture. Based on a book called ‘La Planete des Singes’, also known as Monkey Planet in English. When Arthur P. Jacobs bought the film rights and then spent over 3 years trying to convince a studio to make the film, even he was unaware how much of an impact the film would have.
The original film went on to do huge business at the box-office which kick-started the franchise and would spawn 4 sequels, a remake, a reboot-prequel series, a 14 episode TV series, a 13 episode animated series, numerous books and comics, a toy line, multiple video games and even designer clothing label ‘A Bathing Ape’ was inspired by the series.
Planet of the Apes had a huge influence across all media. It helped inspire TV shows like Alien Nation and V which adopted the science fiction setting and characters exploring race relations. They have also been the subject of many parodies, including the likes of Spaceballs, which parodied the original films ending.
The Simpsons also touched on the Apes series many times, most famously in an episode were actor Troy McClure stars in a Broadway musical called ‘Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off!’
The Apes series is part of the sci-fi genre but they received much attention and praise for dealing with complex subjects such as race relations, which is one of their main running themes throughout the entire series. They are also filled with political undertones, animal right themes and even addressing the issues and fears of the Cold War.
8. Planet of the Apes (2001)
Fox had planned to relaunch the Apes series in the → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema