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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

‘Wolverine’ Writer Joins ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Get ready, sci-fi fans, Caesar, leader of simian kind, is coming back to theaters. From 20th Century Fox, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which debuted in August 5, 2011, was a runaway smash hit. Popular drama The Help premiered around the same time, and even though it went on to earn Oscar nominations, the buzz over Apes nearly drowned out the other film. And The Wolverine scribe, Mark Bomback, is now on the job.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a re-boot of the classic science fiction series of Apes films. The first appeared in 1968, starring Charlton Heston as an astronaut who believes he has crash landed on a strange alien planet where apes are intelligent and capable of speech and rule over dimwitted humans. Of course the infamous twist comes at the end when he spies the Statue of Liberty and realized he’s standing on earth, in the distant future. There were four sequels to the original Planet of the Apes, and I love them all so much that I think I can give you a short summary.

Let’s see… We meet some intelligent and even frightening humans remaining on the Planet of the Apes. They are definitely odd, and they worship a nuclear bomb. They set it off at the end of film two and Taylor and Nova die. In film three, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Taylor’s intelligent ape pals, Cornelius and Zira, whose most remembered line from film one is, “I’d kiss you, but your so damned ugly,” escape the bombing of their planet by hopping into Taylor’s restored space ship. They end up in our modern-day, which at the time was 1973 (though the picture premiered in ’71). They become instant celebrities.

Cornelius and Zira have a child, which they name Milo, and Ricardo Montalbán hides him when his parents are tragically murdered. In film four, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, it is ten years later and Montalbán’s character Armando has re-named Milo with the familiar moniker, Caesar. He tries to protect Caesar, but a strange disease has killed off all of earth’s cats and dogs, so humans have adopted apes as pets. Of course, the apes get smarter and smarter and are becoming valets and personal assistants to the humans. Caesar ends up in the training facility, destined to become a servant and play dumb. As he is found out, he rebels, and then turns the world upside down by leading the rest of the apes to overthrow mankind.

That film was the closest to the 2011 revamp, which starred

Finally, in 1973, came film five, Battle for the Planet of the Apes. It is about twelve years later and Caesar is still in charge. He struggles to keep power away from the humans, while grappling with feelings of empathy for them.

The important news; however, is that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is coming on May 23rd, 2014. Andy Serkis is returning as Caesar. You know the drill. He wears all those sensors on his face and those translate into the finished product as Caesar emoting. I was amazed at how easy it was to connect with the digitally rendered ape in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

In this version of the mythology, in hunting for a cure for Alzheimer’s, Caesar, a regular ol’ chimp, is injected with a serum that makes him smarter than the average jungle dweller. He then leads a rebellion for his kind against mankind. Matt Reeves will direct the sequel and a screenwriter has just signed on. That’s Mark Bomback. He also wrote for Live Free or Die Hard as well as the Total Recall remake. Bomback knows action!

What an exciting job he has! The story will depict the fall of human civilization. There’s so many terrible things that can help tip the scales in ape favor. Which do you think he’ll choose?

All Ape films, including the latest re-boots, credit the book, Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle as their inspiration. Oops. I failed to mention Mark Wahlberg’s previous franchise re-boot. Oh yeah, that’s because I didn’t like it very much. Sorry!

6 Sci-Fi “Futurama” References You Might Not Know Were Based on Books

The FOX then Comedy Central sci-fi animated series, “Futurama” is a plethora of geeky references and myriad nerdy jokes. The show takes place in the year 3000 after our “hero,” Fry, gets cryogenically frozen and thawed out in the futuristic world.

FOX canceled the show after a few season (probably because FOX cancelling everything good in the world like “Arrested Development,” “Firefly” “Dollhouse” and many, MANY more.) After four post series movies, and tons of fan feedback, Comedy Central brought it back (with plenty of jokes aimed at poking FOX).

Basically, it is a pretty awesome show. And if you have ever seen it (or seen every episode probably 15 times like myself) then you know that the show basically lives off sci-fi references. But you might not know that many of those references are actually based on novels as well.

It’s a good thing we were able to put a list together for you! So here you go, 6 sci-fi references from “Futurama” that you didn’t know where based on book. (I also included a few honorable mentions as well.)


I, Robot

This classic book of short stories by Isaac Asimov has been the fuel for many many science fiction stories. And many aspects of “Futurama” are in reference to the stories. Even the third episode on the series is called, “I, Roommate” which is a direct reference to Asimov. But here are two that many people miss.

In the episode “The Cyber House Rules” (season 3 episode 9) Leela gets her eye fixed and she gets a second eye grafted on to make her look normal. In the montage that follows she stops at a store called, “Eye Robot”.  It is pretty easy to miss but puns are one of my favorite things. They also use this same pun humor is used in the season 3 episode, “Anthology of Interest II” in the minisode “I, Meatbag”.


Soylent Green

This is definitely one of the greatest sci-fi films from its time. And it is referenced and parodied all over the entertainment world. However, you might not know that the movie was actually loosely based upon the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room!, by Harry Harrison. Soylent green is so well known that in “Futurama” it’s a part of the world they live in. In both “Fry and the Slurm Factory” and “Roswell That Ends Well” they drink a soda called Soylent Cola.  Which if you want to know what Soylent Cola tastes like, well, it varies from person to person. Lets not forget the main cooking ingredient in “The 30% Iron Chef” is Soylent Green


2001 – A Space Odyssey

This film often lands on top ten best movie lists. I mean it IS directed by Stanley Kubrick which basically means its gold. It is also one of the go to films for science fiction. It makes sense that in turn “Futurama” references this film more than any other. But this film is also originally based on the book written by Arthur C. Clarke. But seriously, there are a ton of references in “Futurama” to this movie, It is reasonable to believe the creators of this show liked the movie just as much as the rest of the world. First we have the episode  “Put Your Head On my Shoulder” when there is a Out of order Monolith as they are flying through space. This show also uses the music  “Also Sprach Zarasthura” several times such as in  “A Bicyclops Built for Two” and “Godfellas.” Then in the episode, “ Insane in the Main Frame” the name of the mental hospital Fry and Bender stay at is The HAL Institute for criminally insane robots. Then again in “Roswell That Ends Well” we see a vortex very similar to that in the film and described in the book. “Love and a Rocket” is an obvious one because of the intellegence function the Planet Express Ship takes on is basically HAL. We see another vortex similar scene in “The Sting” as well.

It kind of feels like you can’t go a season without a reference to 2001: A Space Oddyssey.

Planet of the Apes

We recently had a guest post featuring this film as its subject, and thats because there is almost no one in the world who hasn’t seen this film. (I also don’t think you can watch one “geeky” show without one character using the most popular quote…. yes I mean the damn dirty ape quote). But it is also a film based on the novel by Pierre Boulle. It is one of the most popular (and lucrative) sci-fi series in the world. So of course “Futurama” is no different when it comes to loving it. First we have the episode “Raging Bender” in which one of the scenes in the background you can see a poster that replicates the famous one from the movie. The poster reads, “Planet of the Clams”; it is just for a second but an obvious reference to the movie. Then in one of my favorite episodes, “Future Stock,” Calculon says a variation on the famous quote we all love, “Get your filthy tricycle off me, you damn dirty ape!” My favorite reference to the film and book is in “The Late Philip J. Fry.” We see the five different apocalypses Earth goes through all reminiscent of the famous scene with the Statue of Liberty.

The Time Machine

I think this one is pretty obvious. There are two movies based on the book written by H.G. Wells and both included the iconic time machine design. Which in turn is the same time machine that the professor uses in two separate episodes. In “A Clone of My Own” and also “The Late Philip J. Fry.” But who doesn’t love The Time Machine? Totally worth mentioning.

Starship Troopers

Ok, seriously, this is one my favorite movies ever, and when I read the novel it was based on, I loved it even more (although the movie took some HEAVY liberties). The book was written by Robert A. Heinlein, and “Futurama” took the model of the soldiers and used it in their army scenes in episodes “War is the H-Word” and “Three Hundred Big Boys.” (It is also interesting to note that the Alliance soldiers in Firefly are the same uniforms from Starship Troopers. But that doesn’t apply here soooo…..)

Honorable Mentions:

Here are a few honorable mentions for sci-fi references in “Futurama” that I wasn’t able to add to the main list.


Future-Reference: A Trip To The Moon
   Episode: “The Series Has Landed,” and Into the Wild Green Yonder

In one of the more obscure science fiction references, Craterface pays tribute to the French 1902 silent film A Trip To The Moon, most famous for its image of the moon’s face being stuck in the eye with a rocket ship.

Or a beer bottle, in this case.

Alcazar’s Yithian Form

Future-Reference: H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Shadow Out Of Time”      Episode: “A Bicyclops Built For Two”

Another very obscure reference that unless you know already, a viewer is likely to miss, is that of Alcazar’s alternate forms is that of a Yithian, or “Great Race of Yith” from H.P. Lovecraft’s short story from the Cthulhu mythos.


Future-Reference: Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle       Episode: “War Is The H-Word”

Easily one of my favorite references. Vonnegut’s amazing novel Cat’s Cradle is referenced with the ability to buy ice-9 and a six pack of beer in the future. (at a 7-11 as a matter of fact)

Jurassic Kiddie Park

Future-Reference: Jurassic Park      Episode: “I Dated A Robot”

Remember that phrase from all Jurassic Park movies? “Life will find a way.” Apparently it did find a way and that occurs sometime before 3000. But be careful feeding them at the kiddie park because they might bite your hands off.



Future-Reference: Dune        Episode: Into the Wild Green Yonder

Who wouldn’t want to use giant sand-worms from Dune as an above ground transportation tram?

Just stand clear of the closing jaws.

“Aping Plots and Themes As Best They Can” by Jeffrey Poehlmann

I just put down my copy of Pierre Boulle’s 1963 opus, Planet of the Apes, as translated by Xan Fielding. “Put down” may not be the most accurate phrasing here — I closed the app on my phone and proceeded to do some web surfing for a while. That was primarily to verify the number of  movies spun off of this relatively slender volume: seven films and two television series, at least one video game and several supporting documentaries and behind-the-scenes projects shot up on the IMDB site in short order. At first blush, these varied projects, most of which I have seen, bare little resemblance to the book used as their source material beyond the conceit that apes somehow supplant man as the dominant species of their planet. Continue reading