Thanks to IFC (rapidly becoming my favorite channel of the myriad movie-style collection places on my cable), I spend much of the weekend binging on the five Planet Of The Apes films.  My takeaways: Ricardo Montalban is pretty amazing, Roddy MacDowell even more so, and the far-flung future year of 1991 made me feel more than a little bit old.  Still, watching Kim Hunter be the most incredible actress through five inches of foam rubber also gave me time to think about the ‘Apes’ movies (and the TV series I watched as a kid, and the Marvel PoTA black-and-white comics), leading to today’s primitive query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites, as always, that it’s a good think that they never rebooted or revamped that franchise with a former novelty rapper or something ridiculous, asking: Planet Of The Apes: Great Franchise or The Greatest Franchise?


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  1. One of the greatest for me, right up there with Doctor Who, Godzilla and Star Wars.

    The stories themselves are pretty standard (not bad, but not exactly spectacular), but it just shows that the creative crew and the actors could work with what they had to bring something special to life, as did the makeup/effects artists who created the ape appearances.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Great franchise. The greatest would probably be King Arthur & Camelot, as that’s a franchise that’s been rejuvenated, with new stories being written and the setting reconsidered and revised, over a span of many centuries.

    Now, if we could only get Cornelius a seat at the round table….

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