13th Dimension Goes Ape!
Somewhere in the universe there must be something better than man. Maybe, but there’s no better movie series that ponders the question than the original, accept no substitutes, Planet of the Apes.
Now, I gotta say at the outset that while I liked Rise of the Planet of the Apes quite a bit, I didn’t care much for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And I’m just not sure what to think going into War For the Planet of the Apes, which opens 7/14 (actually the night of 7/13).
But really, the new installment of the reboot series is just an excuse to celebrate the originals with … APES WEEK!
It’s worth noting that anytime we do a theme week here at 13th Dimension (most recently Spider-Man Week) the roots extend back to The 4:30 Movie, a staple of afternoon television from the late ’60s to the early ’80s in New York City.
The 4:30 Movie was driven by theme weeks: Monster Week, Gidget Week, Matt Helm Week, Superhero Week — which featured the 1966 Batman movie — and so on.
But the highlight hands down was Apes Week.
The breakdown was usually Planet of the Apes across Monday and Tuesday; Beneath on Wednesday, Escape on Thursday and Conquest on Friday. (They usually didn’t get around to Battle, which seemed to pop up on late-night TV elsewhere. I think it’s part of the reason I remember and like it the least. That and it really kinda sucks.)
This was appointment TV for Young Dan. I’d break out the Megos and spend the week with Taylor, Cornelius, Zira and Dr. Zaius. So it’s in that spirit that we bring you a week’s worth of Apes features and reviews.
Joining us for much of it will be columnist Rob Kelly, who’s produced five, count ’em, five, of his REEL RETRO CINEMA columns, comparing the original movies with some of their comics adaptations.
The links to everything can be found below, so keep coming back all week because we’ll be updating as we go — or should I say, GO APE!
— REEL RETRO CINEMA: 1968’s PLANET OF THE APES. Click here.
— REEL RETRO CINEMA: 1970’s BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES. Click here.
— REEL RETRO CINEMA: 1971’s ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES. Click here.
— REEL RETRO CINEMA: 1972’s CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Click here.
— REEL RETRO CINEMA: 1973’s BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. Click here.
— LOVE AFFAIR ON THE PLANET OF THE APES: Megos! Marvel! Topps! All the Stuff From a POTA Childhood. Click here.