Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Poster


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 in the original.
  • The orangutan character befriended by Caesar in prison is named Maurice after actor Maurice Evans, who played the orangutan Doctor Zaius in Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).
  • 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 the most popular fan-proposed name of Taylor's craft, and refers to the Greek myth which cautions against overreaching ambition.
  • Dodge Landon speaks two of Charlton Heston's most famous PotA lines: "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 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972).
  • One of the female chimps is "Cornelia", named for Dr. Cornelius 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.
  • 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 Primate 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 another captive human from the original.
  • Koba the bonobo is based on Aldo the gorilla, main villain of Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) with his hatred of humans.
  • Dodge hoses Caesar just as Julius hosed Taylor.
  • 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 being jailer 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.
  • Caroline says ''I love chimpanzees.'', which was a line Armando said in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971).
  • Dr. Steven Jacobs is an allusion to Arthur P. Jacobs, producer of the original films.
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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 Planet of the Apes (1968).
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.
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.
In one scene under the vault, Caesar is taking the pose of The Thinker, by French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
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. This species was assumed until very recently to be a subspecies of chimp, explaining its absence in previous films.
Caesar's speaking voice was mixed by sound designer Chuck Michael, who mixed the sounds of fully grown male chimps' vocalizations they recorded at Chimp Haven and with Andy Serkis' voice.
This is Charlton Heston's fifth "appearance" in the "Planet of the Apes" franchise. 1) He starred in the original, Planet of the Apes (1968); 2) played a smaller role 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.
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 Capitol and is the subject of the Aesop fable "The Bundle of Sticks" about a father demonstrating to his sons how they should work together.
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 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), where he bites another character's hand. His ape character Caesar bites the neighbor's finger in this role, too. WETA workshops also worked on all three films.
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.
A dramatic irony is that Koba, the most evil ape in this series, is a bonobo, the most mellow and pacifistic great ape species in reality.
The main character Will is desperately looking for a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Charlton Heston, star of the original Planet of the Apes (1968), tragically passed away in 2008 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
The "in-flight footage" from the Icarus mission is actually a clip of on-board film from the 1968 flight of Apollo 8.
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.
Will Rodman's surname is a nod to original Planet of the Apes (1968) screenwriter Rod Serling.
Originally it was to be Will Rodman's wife, rather than his father, who had Alzheimer's.
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.
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.
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 Aleksandre Kazbegi.
Shipped to theaters under the code name "Salad".
After Planet of the Apes (2001) was a financial success, there was a plan to make a sequel using that film's open-ended cliffhanger as a starting point. It was nixed due to bad critical reviews and creative differences with director Tim Burton. Five years later, in 2006, a proposal to reboot the series beginning with a plot similar to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) was proposed, and took another five years to reach the big screen.
WILHELM SCREAM: When the helicopter crashes into a police car, during the ape battle scene.
Before James Franco assumed the role of Will, his fellow _Spider-Man (2002)_ co-star Tobey Maguire was considered, but left when a deal involving the script between him and the studio fell through.
Charles Rodman (John Lithgow) regains his ability to play the piano after ALZ-112 treatment. This is a reference to The Simpsons (1989) episode 147 (The Simpsons: A Fish Called Selma (1996)) where actor Troy McClure stars in a musical adaption of Planet of the Apes (1968). In the song "Dr. Zaius", McClure playing George Taylor asks "Can I play the piano anymore?" Dr. Zaius answers "Of course you can." to which Taylor replies "Well, I couldn't before."
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.
When the chimps are being tested with a puzzle, it is referred to as the "Lucas Towers" which is one of the names for the puzzle more commonly known as the "Tower of Hanoi," invented in 1883 by French mathematician Edouard Lucas.
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.
The font used for the title of the movie is called Simian which also means Ape.
Brandon Routh auditioned to play Dodge Landon.
Shia LaBeouf was considered to play Will Rodman.
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".
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.
This is Terry Notary's second Apes film where he is a stunt double and movement coach (the first was Planet of the Apes (2001)), and the first where he is a stunt coordinator and an actor (playing Rocket and Bright Eyes).
Tom Felton's Harry Potter costar Rupert Grint arrived at the premiere of this movie wearing a t-shirt that read "I *heart* Tom".
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Will's first romantic interest was Mollie Stewart, a primatologist in Will's laboratory.
Will's surname is a partial anagram of Armando, oddly enough, both the Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes films bear similar plots, and both these humans raised their own Caesar from birth, and kept them on a leash in public. Another coincidence was that both Armando and Will would never see their adoptive ape sons take control of their ape empires.
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The surname of Freida Pinto's character "Aranha" is the Portuguese word for spider.
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 Une vie de chat (2010). Interestingly though, there was no French film nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012.
In Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), Roddy McDowall plays Caesar, who is played in this film by Andy Serkis. McDowall played Sam Gamgee in 'The Return of the King (1980)(TV)', while Serkis played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
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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.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the original ending (which was actually filmed), Will (James Franco) dies on screen. In the final cut of the film, Will attempts to get Caesar to go with him telling him to come home, Caesar responds "I am home", and Will lets him go. Because of the graphic shown before the end credits showing the rapid spread of the virus worldwide, it is assumed that Will (along with most of the human race) eventually dies. In the original ending, Caesar and Will are in the forest where Will is trying to convince him to come home. They are interrupted by soldiers and Caesar is about to get shot, but Will shields him from the bullets and is killed. One month before the movie was slated to be released, 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.
The original post-credits scene had Koba discovering an abandoned police shotgun in the woods and learning to shoot it.
When the apes climb the tree to escape the dome they form a double helix, the shape of DNA and the Gen-Sys logo.
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 returns in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).
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.
A deleted scene in the DVD has Caesar pushing Jacobs off the bridge, not Koba.
The appearance of the dome where apes escape is based on the appearance of the cage where humans are caged in 1968 original movie.
Cameo, James Franco's brother Tom Franco: police officer on the bridge when Caesar is on the horse.
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