As Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set to storm into theaters picking up ten years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it's time to learn some things you might not have known about the James Franco-starring blockbuster.
One thing Rise of the Planet of the Apes did so well is it kept the legacy of all the Planet of the Apes movies in mind while constructing their story.
Click through and check out our 11 fun facts about Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Apes' First Word
The first word spoken by an ape in Rise of the Planet of the Apes is "no." This is a nod to the past films where it is used in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973).
The Past Connects to the Future
That shot of a spaceship heading into space is meant to recall Heston’s crew that is going off on a mission in Planet of the Apes. Just one more way that Rise of the Planet of the Apes brings the entire franchise together. Their ship is called Icarus, which is the Greek myth that warns about overreaching ambition.
Koba Begins His Journey
The first post-credits scene in Rise of the Planet of the Apes had Koba finding a police shotgun and learning to shoot it. It was scrapped and thankfully so, so that what happens in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes would have much more power! No spoilers here!
In the original ending of the film, it featured Franco’s character dying. But, it was cut and left to the imagination. That is largely because of the final shot that shows the expanding Simian Flu and it was figured that audiences would assume that he died without having to show it.
Caesar's History With Sticks
When Caesar uses a bundle of sticks to show how when apes are together they are strong, it is a nod to the symbol of a bundle of sticks for authority that was used in ancient Rome, i.e. where Caesar got his name.
All Apes Accounted For
As the apes are running free in downtown San Francisco, there is a shot of the four ape leaders – Caesar, Rocket, Buck and Maurice. They also happen to represent all four species of apes: Orangutan, Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Bonobo!
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