CGI of the Planet of the Apes

When the primates of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hit the big screen on July 11, a lot computer wizardry will have gone into making Caesar and friends look like real apes.

Take a look at this clip showing side-by-side examples of live-action filming of the actors and the finished product:

Let’s not forget that the realistic apes owe a lot to the talents of Andy Serkis and his fellow motion-capture artists! One of these years, Serkis will win the Oscar he deserves!

War in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

There’s a lot going on in this new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but I’m disappointed that Gary Oldman‘s character seems to be driving the plot with his belief the apes are just animals and he’s the savior of humanity.

What I found most shocking about this clip (in a good way) was the battleship — implying that there is still a sophisticated human civilization somewhere. I had assumed that the plague talked about in the previous movie and  trailers for this one had wiped out most of the human race around the globe, but unless ship is from a flashback or dream sequence, that is clearly not the case.

Perhaps the battle for the planet of the apes will be tougher than the simians are expecting?

Apparently, Apes Hate the Golden Gate Bridge…

apesbridgePoor San Francisco… well, technically, poor Golden Gate Bridge. Whenever something bad happens there — sea monster attack, mutant war, kaiju invasion — the iconic orange bridge takes it on the figurative chin.

In director Matt Reeves‘ upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the future doesn’t look too bright for the bridge once again.

What if somebody painted it a different color?

Great Ape Photos From ‘Planet of the Apes’ Sequel

If you don’t read USA Today (translation: You didn’t stay in a motel last night), you probably have not seen the clutch of excellent photographs 20th Century Fox released to the newspaper for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. These images make me want to see the movie.

Director Matt Reeves is excited about the sequel to his 2011 hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes:

“We’ve got apes on horses. There is a sense in the beginning of the movie that apes have inherited the Earth. You see the species as it takes dominion over the planet. It’s an ape-world. That’s the fun of it.”


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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Poster Disappoints

apeposterWell, it was bound to happen. The makes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have finally hit a sour note.

This poster is their first misstep, as far as I’m concerned. This is meant to be Caesar and one of his offspring, and his glower is supposed to tell us that he would do anything to protect his child. Oh, really? Is that something we have to be told?

I find the little baby ape clinging to its daddy to be nauseatingly cute — not the message I think the filmmakers want to send about their epic action-adventure movie about the end of human civilization. Are we supposed to think that this image means apes will create a utopia of peace of love and unlimited rice pudding?

Oh, hell, I’ll come right out and say it: This looks like a transparent attempt to woo female viewers by presenting a loving family scene; preying cheap emotion and the “cute animal antics” that the interwebs are famous for promoting. I think the movie should be able to stand on its own, without tawdry sentimentality.

Watch the ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ TV Spot

There’s a new TV spot running for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and while it’s way short, it looks just as foreboding as the first trailer.

In case you cannot tell from the spot, here is the storyline, according to the official synopsis:

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

The Planet of the Apes Dawns on May 23.

A Few More Movie Teaser Images

Here are some images from a couple of anticipated blockbusters — and something a little different for action/adventure/Sci-fi director Ridley Scott.

I’m pretty sure we’ve seen enough of Electro from summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so now I want to know more about the Rhino. Please, please, please, don’t let him actually turn out to be a Zord straight out of MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS!

Seeing Andy Serkis in a motion-capture suit is pretty much a guarantee that something special is going to be happening on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. You can see the fruits of some his work in the DotPotA teaser trailer.

Finally, I hope Christian Bale doesn’t use his hoarse Dark Knight whisper in the biblical epic Exodus. It already will quite a shock when a chestburster pops out of Pharaoh — not to mention how out-of-place batarangs are going to look during the climactic battle sequence!

First Trailer for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Not sure how thrilled I am about this teaser trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the surprise hit of 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This seems to hint that the story will be something like a reimagining of 1973’s Battle for the Planet of the Apes — definitely not one of the better installments of the old series. http://youtu.be/h_9-3Fj3ZdI I do like the primative, rain-soaked look of this film, and the long, slow pullback from Caesar’s face (it actually takes 25 seconds) is full of tension. DotPotA is directed by Matt Reeves, who helmed 2010’s Let Me In, the competent but somewhat underwhelming remake of Let the Right One In, and 2008’s Cloverfield. The official synopsis describes the movie like this:

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens July 11, 2014.