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Regarding the sequels

  • Some of the gaps between Conquest and Battle were filled in by a 2005 six issue comic called Revolution on the Planet of the Apes. It also contains some short stories, several of which fill in more of Caesar's background and several set in the gap between Battle and the original film, obviously trying to bolster the circular timeline theory.
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  • Battle similarly had some stuff edited out, that, when put back, blatantly bolsters the circular timeline. There are scenes of the start of the mutant society from Beneath and a bit more involving the bomb.

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Regarding the novel

  • Completely Different Title: The book was called Monkey Planet in the UK.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Pierre Boulle was inspired by a trip to the zoo where the apes' mimicry of human mannerisms set him thinking about the relationsip between the two species.
  • Science Marches On: When discussing the different species of apes and their niche in the ape civilization, Zira, a chimpanzee, frowns with disgust at the gorillas, calling them meat-eaters. Ironically, since the book was written, chimpanzees have been observed to eat meat in the wild, whereas gorillas are almost completely vegetarians.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Contrary to popular belief, Pierre Boulle didn't wish to use the same ending as the film.

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Regarding the TV series

  • Creator Backlash: Ron Harper felt the other 1970s TV series where he played a human trapped in a strange world not of his own time and looking for a way to get home had better writing.
  • Edited for Syndication: Some of the hour long episodes were edited together for local TV reruns as two hour 'movies'.
  • Missing Episode: "The Liberator" didn't air in the United States during the original run. This is due to the controversy of its plot, which culminates in a man stockpiling chemical weapons (crude poison gas bombs) in hopes of using them to wipe out the apes who oppress his village.
  • Outlived Its Creator: Producer Arthur P. Jacobs died while preparing the series.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Jackie Earle Haley was a fan of the film series before he was cast as Kraik in "The Legacy".
  • Prop Recycling:
    • The costume worn by Booth Colman is the same one worn by Maurice Evans in Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
    • "Escape from Tomorrow" reuses the plywood spaceship model previously featured in the first three films. It also reuses the astronaut costumes from the first film.
  • Recycled Set:
    • The same ruined city sets are used in both "The Trap" and "The Legacy".
    • In "The Legacy", the castle set was built for Young Frankenstein.
  • Screwed by the Network: The series was cancelled partway through the creation of its fourteenth episode "Up Above the World So High", meaning only the first thirteen were ever aired.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Urko was originally named Ursus (from Beneath), then Urso.
    • He was also to have had a 15-year-old son named Zonda.

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