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In the original ending (which was actually filmed), Will (James Franco ) dies. One month before the movie was slated to be released, however, minds were changed, so Franco and Andy Serkis flew in over the 4th of July weekend to shoot the ending that stayed in the film.
After the apes run rampant through downtown San Francisco, Caesar, Maurice, Buck, and Rocket are shown standing upright on the roof of a trolley car as it ascends a hill overlooking the Golden Gate bridge. Not only are the 4 leaders of the ape rebellion showcased together, but the representation of the 4 different dominant ape species (Chimpanzee, Orangutan, Gorilla, and Bonobo) are shown in unity. Their upright posture and the trolley's ascent also give metaphoric connotation to the film's title.
The main character Will is desperately looking for a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Charlton Heston, who was the main character in the original Planet of the Apes (1968), tragically passed away in 2008 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
This is the second film in which Andy Serkis plays an ape, having previously portrayed 2005's version of King Kong (2005). He was also the motion capture actor for Gollum in Lord of the Rings, where he bites off Frodo's finger. His ape character Caesar bites the neighbor's finger in this role, too.
The original post-credits scene had Koba discovering an abandoned police shotgun in the woods and learning to shoot it.
Caesar uses a bundle of sticks to explain to Maurice how an ape alone is weak but apes together are strong. The bundle of sticks, or fasces, was a symbol of authority in ancient Rome, the origin of Caesar's name. Caesar's charisma is also reminiscent of Benito Mussolini, who adopted the fasces as the symbol of his Italian Fascist party. The fasces or bundle of sticks concept is also used in several symbols in the architecture of the American White House and Captiol and is the subject of the Aesop fable "The Bundle of Sticks" about a father demonstrating to his sons how they should work together.
One of the first feature films to use motion-capture in a so-called 'on location' setting. Previously, motion-capture was limited to special studio set up with special motion-capture cameras in very clearly defined surroundings.
After deciding that Caesar's mother would die early in the film, Caesar originally had a "romance" with a female chimpanzee named Cornelia at the ape sanctuary, who was taken to the GenSys lab, and freeing her was his reason to go there instead. Scenes with the two made it into some trailers before being finally cut (Cornelia still returns as Caesar's partner in the sequel, though).
The jigsaw puzzle that Caesar has nearly completed is a depiction of Taylor and Nova from the original Planet of the Apes (1968), riding on a horse down the beach, just before coming upon the Statue of Liberty.
This is Charlton Heston's 5th 'appearence' in the Planet of the Apes franchise. 1) He starred in the original; 2) co-starred in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970); 3) was seen in archive footage (kissing Zira in a sepia yellow flashback) in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971); 4) had a cameo as Zaius in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes (2001) remake; and 5) can be seen on the TV set in the Ape bunkhouse in the role of Michelangelo from The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) in this movie.
This movie is the first installment to feature another great ape species besides chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans; Koba, the scarred lab ape and some apes at the Gen-Sys and sanctuary, are bonobos.
Koba is the nickname of Joseph Stalin during his time as a revolutionary in Georgia. It was taken by Stalin based on the book The Patricide by Georgian author Aleqsandre Kazbegi.
Caesar is shown in putting together a statue of liberty model/puzzle, in particular holding the spiked crown of the statue, which is a key scene in the original movie.
In one scene under the vault, Caesar is taking the pose of The Thinker, by French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
One of the most well known apes who uses sign language is the bonobo Kanzi. He was taught through a Lexigram board, which can be briefly seen in the ape sanctuary and at the room in Gen-Sys where lab assistants are giving the bonobo Koba (Christopher Gordon) an eye test.
Andy Serkis based Caesar's behavior on a chimpanzee named Oliver, for the balance of behaving like a civilized chimp. His red shirt and black pants, his appearance and ability to sign well is based on another chimpanzee in science, Nim Chimpsky.
Caesar's speaking voice was mixed by sound designer Chuck Michael, he mixed the sounds of fully grown male chimps' vocalizations they recorded at Chimp Haven and with Andy Serkis's voice.
Shipped to theaters under the code name "Salad".
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver admitted that they had the help of their kids to write the screenplay, especially their son Joe for the submissive gesture.
Charles Rodman (John Lithgow) regains his ability to play the piano after ALZ-112 treatment. This is a reference to The Simpsons episode 147 (The Simpsons: A Fish Called Selma (1996)) where actor Troy McClure stars in a musical adaption of Planet of the Apes. In the song "Dr. Zaius", McClure asks "Can I play the piano anymore?" Dr. Zaius answers "Of course you can." to which McClure replies "Well, I couldn't before."
The "in-flight footage" from the Icarus mission is actually a clip of on-board film from the 1968 flight of Apollo 8.
Will Rodman was originally a scientist trying to cure his wife's Alzheimer's.
Brandon Routh auditioned to play Dodge.
Tobey Maguire was considered for the role of Will.
The first script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver originated in 2006 as a completely unrelated project, Genesis, centered around an evil genetically-engineered chimpanzee that was raised at a human home and was very smart, but spoke only in sign language.
According to Rick Jaffa, the codename of the first experimental virus in this movie was to be RT-112, as a reference to the original Planet of the Apes (1968) having an RT (running time) of 112 minutes. They later settled for ALZ-112.
Andy Serkis and Terry Notary admitted that they both played other ape roles and created the other apes characters such as Lucky, Andy and Wolfie.
Rodney is wearing the same colored clothing as Caesar (dark red shirt with blue jeans) when he asks Dodge about Caesar's clothing and whether it will cause problems with the other apes. Rodney is later beaten by the apes in the sanctuary before Caesar intervenes, much like Caesar was beaten by Rocket in the play yard after having his red shirt torn from his back by Rocket.
The small labels on the Gen-Sys cages have the information for the chimps which include name, year of birth, test number, months acquired and sex; Bright Eyes' year of birth is 1997, Number 9, FM, 4 months and Koba's is 2000, Number 6, and ML.
WILHELM SCREAM: When the helicopter crashes into a police car, during the ape battle scene.
The project was started in 2006.
Will Rodman's surname is a nod to original Planet of the Apes screenwriter Rod (Rodman) Serling.
Shia LaBeouf was considered to play Will Rodman.
Kathryn Bigelow, Robert Rodriguez, Tomas Alfredson, Allen Hughes and Albert Hughes, Pierre Morel, James McTeigue, Dennis Iliadis and Scott Stewart all were considered by the studio, or passed on the project before director Rupert Wyatt signed on.
When Bright Eyes is shown playing with a puzzle, it is referred to as the "Lucas Towers". The puzzle is actually known as the "Tower of Hanoi," invented in 1883 by French mathematician Edouard Lucas, but this isn't a goof because its one of the puzzle's name.
This film was one of a number of movies that were in competition at the 2012 Academy Awards that was related to France and French culture in some way. The films included The Artist (2011), Hugo (2011), Midnight in Paris (2011), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), Puss in Boots (2011) from the French fairy-tale by Charles Perrault, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) based on the novel by Pierre Boulle and A Cat in Paris (2010). Interestingly though, there was no French film nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012.
The surname of Freida Pinto's character "Aranha" is the Portuguese word for spider.
Will's first romantic interest was Mollie Stewart, a primatologist in Will's laboratory.
The head of the research department Steven Jacobs (David Oyelowo) is named after Arthur P. Jacobs, producer of the original "Apes" franchise. His production company, APJAC, was often referred to as "ApeJAC".
This is Terry Notary's second Apes film were he is a stunt double and movement coach, this the first time were he is a stunt coordinator and an actor.

Cameo 

Karin Konoval:  the actress who plays Maurice the orangutan makes an on-screen appearance as the woman at the police station when Will tries to regain custody of Caesar. Ironically, that character believes that Caesar should have been put down while Maurice is one of Caesar's closest allies.
Terry Notary:  The actor who plays Caesar's mother Bright Eyes and the former dominant chimpanzee Rocket, also had an uncredited cameo as one of the gorillas on the Golden Gate Bridge action sequence.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

References to the previous Apes films.
  • The name of Tom Felton's character Dodge Landon is a reference to the characters Dodge (Jeff Burton) and Landon (Robert Gunner), Colonel Taylor's (Charlton Heston) fellow astronauts.
  • The orangutan character befriended by Caeser in prison is named Maurice after actor Maurice Evans, who played the orangutan Doctor Zaius in the first two films.
  • The name given to Caesar's mother is "Bright Eyes" due to the coloration in her eyes caused by the ALZ-112 virus. "Bright Eyes" is the name given to Taylor (Charlton Heston) by Dr. Zira (Kim Hunter).
  • A news headline reports that the "Icarus" is the first craft headed to Mars. This is one of the fan-proposed names of Taylor's (Charlton Heston) craft, and refers to the Greek myth which cautions against overreaching ambition.
  • Dodge Landon speaks two of Charlton Heston's most famous lines from the original: "It's a madhouse! A madhouse!" and "Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!"
  • Clips from Charlton Heston in The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) and The Ten Commandments (1956) are shown.
  • In one scene, Caesar is shown handling a 3D puzzle of the Statue of Liberty, in reference to the the original ending.
  • The gorilla Buck is named after Buck Kartalian who played Julius the gorilla and another gorilla, Frank, from the original version of this film.
  • One of the female chimps is "Cornelia", named for Dr. Cornelius and Dr. Zira of the original.
  • The gray, hairless chimpanzee Rocket, who is Caesar's right-hand man, is named after Norman Rockett, the set decorator of the original '68 _ Planet of the Apes (1968)_.
  • The lab worker who cares for the chimps is named Franklin, a nod to director Franklin J. Schaffner.
  • Jamie Harris plays Rodney, the sympathetic keeper in the ape sanctuary, named for original ape actor Roddy McDowall.
  • Late in the film we are told that the spacecraft and astronauts have disappeared. We can assume that they gone into a time warp and will end up on the future "Planet of the Apes".
  • The police riding their horses between the cars while striking apes mirrors a scene near the beginning of the original where apes on horses corral humans.
  • The San Bruno Primat Sactuary is nod to the human zoo from the original film.
  • The fight between Rocket (Terry Notary) and Caesar (Andy Serkis) was a nod to the fight between Taylor (Charlton Heston) and the human from the original.
  • Koba the bonobo is based on Aldo the gorilla, for his hatred of humans.
  • When Dodge hoses Caesar, its a nod to when Julius hoses Taylor from the original.
  • When Caesar releases the apes from their cages at the sanctuary, Rocket (Terry Notary) is in the same position and expression Leo Davidson had from Tim Burton's version of Planet of the Apes (2001).
  • The first word spoken by an ape is "no". This was a pivotal line 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).
  • When Caesar is on horseback and the SWAT officer is amazed, this is a nod to the hunt scene from the original where Taylor was stunned seeing a gorilla on horseback.
  • Dodge Landon's (Tom Felton) personality is based on Julius from the original, for taking care of the animals, torturing them, and having a certain dislike to the main protagonist.
  • A woman on Will's team is named Linda, this a nod to Linda Harrison who played the mute Nova in the first two films and Zira from the makeup test.
  • Brian Cox's character John Landon is actually the full name of John Landon played by Robert Gunner from the original, who was one of Taylor's crew.
  • Caroline says ''I love chimpanzees.'', which was a line Armondo said in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971).
When the apes climb the tree to escape the dome they form a double helix, the shape of DNA and the Gen-Sys logo.
A deleted scene in the DVD has Caesar pushing Jacobs off the bridge, not Koba.

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