Retroist Podcast – Episode 154 – The Planet of the Apes


On this week’s show we talk about the greatest film about a world run by apes, 1968’s “Planet of the Apes”. I talk about how easily distracted I am by anything Planet of the Apes related when they are on the television. Then I talk about the book, the people in front of and behind the camera, the music, plot and much much more. I am joined again by Vic Sage who does another great “Why Should I know this Person”. This week, Vic tells you why you should know the very talented, Roddy McDowall. Doug McCoy is back with a brand new “Also Ran” and Rob “Flack” O’Hara talks about the Planet of the Apes Atari 2600 prototype game in his segment “Talking Tech”.

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13 thoughts on “Retroist Podcast – Episode 154 – The Planet of the Apes

  1. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    I really like Rise of the Planet of the Apes and can’t wait for Dawn. Dawn might be a midnight showing for me (I rarely do that).

    I did think Rise had too many jokey references to the original movie. I think the franchise is set up to do many films. That part of the Apes timeline lends itself to all kinds of human/ape conflict.

  2. Thanks, Retroist, for another great podcast. This one was one of my favorites. Such a great, iconic movie. Now I want to watch it all over again! And the Roddy McDowell segment made it even better. I really miss him. Keep up the great work.

  3. Great episode! For me, too, this is one of those franchises that will just ruin my day for anything else if I happen to catch a glimpse of a marathon coming up on some random channel. Now, I’m going to have to DIY a marathon soon.

    Also, though I’ve been a big Tim Burton fan in general, I just couldn’t love his remake. The newest, though, I thought was a great prequel & I’m really looking forward to the next one.

    Oh, and if you kind of want to play pretend, maybe toss in Project X with Matthew Broderick as a prequel-in-spirit to kick off a new marathon.

  4. Dudley88 says:

    I’ve been an “Ape” fan since I saw the original back when I was 4 or 5. At that time, it wasn’t that old of a movie (I was born in 1968, the year it was released). I’ve heard fans of today’s Ape movies complain about the makeup in the original series as being too fakey.
    Of course they didn’t look like “real” apes, but I rationalized it thusly: if apes had to go through evolutionary changes to gain the ability to speak, why couldn’t their appearance change as well?

  5. I can see a modern audiences complaining now, but I have always been blown away at how effective the make-up is. My disbelief is completely suspended on that front.

  6. Excellent episode! My favorite Apes memory is when they used to marathon the films on The Movie Loft…Dana Hersey is now synonymous with those films in my mind!

  7. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I see the Retroist isn’t monkeying around with this year’s podcasts and comes out swinging…
    An understatement to say this is one of my fave movies, fave franchises, fave life-altering concepts.
    Saw this movie in the theater with my dad, back in the 70s era when cineplexes begath by showing decade-old ‘classics’.
    It was one of those inspirational, spiritual theater moments. In the dark with a handful of entertained patrons, thousands of light years away from the outside world as we followed Taylor in one of the most bizarre tales put to screen.
    It was the best way to experience the mind-blowing nature of what would become a long-standing adventure of the mind.
    I met my school/D&D/lifelong bunch of friends by chatting up the POTA series.
    Later, stared mesmerized at the print ads and TV trailers of the sequels I was too young to see (POTA was rated PG here in Canada, but the rest got the equivalent of an R : 14 years or older).
    Watched the movies on TV as they came about, my armed Mego apes, treehouse-bound chimps and orangutan scientist strewn about the floor at first, stashed in their cardboard toy safehouse later, when the teenage years caught me by surprise.
    This series kept me/keeps me young just thinking about it.

    Didn’t care for Tim Burton’s remake. Admire the director but this felt like a quickplay, uninvolved deal for him. No love in it for us fans.
    Might revisit. Tim Roth kills it in his role, Bonham-Carter’s take on Zira (and the whole cross-species romance subplot) puts me off, and the rest…eh, I can’t remember.

    The new revitalization is beyond exciting and I look forward to a whole series of sequels, like you mentioned.

    I recently got myself a Blu-Ray player and the complete original POTA series in this format. Another understatement to say I look forward to sitting back and enjoying it with high-quality imagery and sound.
    Battle is supposed to have the pre-censored ‘End speech’ by Caesar.
    I’ll go bananas if it’s edited back in the movie and not just a deleted scene.

    All in all, this podcast is a great way to start out the Retroist year of 2014.

    Dare we hope for podcasts of each and every Ape element of the franchise, as these TV series, movies and toys have marked your world?

    A bushel of thanks for this one, in any case.

  8. Nice work guys! I learned SO much about this classic franchise, and I can’t wait to share the wealth of information with whoever will listen!

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