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YMMV / Planet of the Apes

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Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:

The Franchise in general:

  • Broken Base: The timeline debates - was it an endless loop, or did history change?
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  • Complete Monster: Koba. See that page for details.
  • Contested Sequel: The two remakes. The original sequels too, to a lesser extent.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Ricardo Montalban's character in the third and fourth films.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many deny that the sequels and/or remake exist. The reboot prequel series mostly managed to avert this, with Dawn and War in particular being seen as the only films to rival the original.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"
    • "A planet where APES evolved from MEN?!"
    • "That is/is not Ape Law!"
  • Sequelitis: Until Dawn, no sequel had nearly as warm a reception as the original (Rise coming the closest), with Battle at the bottom.
  • True Art Is Angsty: The reboot movies are far more bleaker that the originals and and have gotten the most praise.

The Novel:

The TV Series:

  • Anvilicious: The television show. Each episode has a moral of the week, although Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: It was much more successful in Britain than at home (although it took until the '90s for the series to get a network screening - in its initial run and repeats thereafter it was shown in every ITV region except STV (Scottish Television, in Central Scotland); Channel 4 gave it its first UK-wide airing in the mid-90s, and both the series and the Compilation Movies regularly turn up on cable TV).
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Marc Singer played Dalton in "The Gladiators".
    • Jackie Earle Haley played Kraik in "The Legacy".
    • James Naughton's younger brother David Naughton played Dr. Stole in "The Surgeon".
    • Michael Conrad played Janor in "The Tyrant".
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    • Sondra Locke played Amy in "The Cure".
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • In "The Good Seeds", when the chimpanzee Anto grabs a chicken, the actor Geoffrey Deuel's very human forearms can be seen.
    • The blackened teeth of the actors playing apes can often be seen behind their prosthetics.


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