We’re huge fans of Planet of the Apes over here, which is why we’re featuring it in Loot Crate DX this June. I scoured about to find some interesting videos that would give some more insight into the 1968 film that spawned a massive franchise! We’ve got Roddy McDowell’s home movies, filming locations and a rad featurette! Let’s get into it…
If you haven’t checked out the original film with Charlton Heston, do yourself a favor and get into it. Newer releases are remastered and beautiful and the film holds up today, making it clear why it continues to spawn new reboots over the past two decades. Roddy McDowall’s Cornelius (and Caesar, in future sequels) is still a sight to behold and you’ll be glad you witnessed it.
1. Roddy McDowall’s Make-up Trailer Home Movies
Practical make-up effects have come a heck of a long way since 1968, with make-up chair time taking up to six hours per ape cast member. Roddy takes it all in stride in these home movies and even showcases the talent of Don Cash who handled the design for every one of the apes you saw in that film. Cash was getting his start as a makeup assistant in The Wizard of Oz back in 1939, so by 1968, he had dozens upon dozens of credits showing he had nailed the craft.
2. The Story Behind Planet of the Apes
It’s incredibly interesting to learn more about the Planet of the Apes backstory from book to film! I had no idea, personally, that Rod Serling’s only remaining aspect of his script that he’d written was the iconic scene on the beach. There’s some fascinating pieces in this small video, so make sure you check it out.
3. Planet of the Apes Location Hunt
Thank heavens for Cinemassacre! This video is absolutely a treasure trove of awesome filming information and not just about location, but about what went into some of your favorite scenes from this film. Check out this video not just for the trivia bits but for the chuckles you’ll find along the way.