‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’: 21 nods to classic ‘Apes’

Aug. 11, 2011 | 7:48 a.m.
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Caesar from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." (20th Century Fox)

Charlton Heston died in 2008, but the Academy Award winner gets a few seconds of screen time in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” this summer’s prequel to the sci-fi franchise Heston launched in 1968. Heston’s moment — a quick shot of his 1965 movie “The Agony and the Ecstasy” playing on a TV screen at a nasty kennel for apes — is just the most obvious of dozens of references to the earlier “Apes” films embedded in “Rise,” a deliberate bid by screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to acknowledge the great hairy history of the film series.

“We felt from the beginning we need to create a story that could stand on its own and totally separate from the ‘Planet of the Apes’ series, but we wanted to pay honor to the originals,” said Jaffa, whose script is the seventh in the franchise inspired by French author Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel about a planet where hyper-intelligent apes rule over human slaves. “We tried to do that in various ways– in winks and nods—but on a bigger level, we put a great amount of effort into building from the mythology of the earlier movies.”

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” stars James Franco as Will Rodman, a young scientist seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and Andy Serkis as Caesar, the clever chimp borne of that research. Fans of the series will notice dozens of Easter eggs Jaffa and Silver planted in the film with the help of its director, Rupert Wyatt.

For “Apes” diehards, here’s a guide to many of the references–and for the uninitiated, be warned, we’re willing to spoil any movie that opened before the Carter administration:

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Caesar leads a revolution in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." (Weta Digital/20th Century Fox)

1. Will Rodman: Franco’s character’s name, is an amalgamation of the names of the screenwriters for the 1968 film, “Twilight Zone” icon Rod Serling (whose full name was Rodman) and Michael Wilson.

2. Caesar: The name of the lead ape in “Rise,” played by Serkis, was the name of the chimp played by Roddy McDowall who leads the ape revolution in 1972’s “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.”

3. ALZ 112: The breakthrough Alzheimer’s treatment Rodman creates is a timely nod to the past — 112 minutes is the running time for the original film.

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"Planet of the Apes" from 1968 (Fox)

4. Icarus: A TV newscast playing in the background references the space mission “Icarus, lead by George Taylor,” and a newspaper shown in the third act reveals the vessel has been lost in space. Icarus was the name of the spaceship that crashes on the “Planet of the Apes” in the original film, and  Heston’s character name was George Taylor.

5. Dodge Landon: The cruel ape tender played by Hogwarts alumnus Tom Felton is named after Dodge, who was a crew member aboard the Icarus and played by Jeff Burton.

6. John Landon: Brian Cox plays the dark-spirited owner of a primate house and the father of Felton’s malicious character. Their last name, Landon, is the name of the Icarus crew member played by Robert Gunner in the classic film.

7. Maurice: The name of the orangutan who befriends Caesar in the new film is a nod to actor Maurice Evans,  who played the orangutan Dr. Zaius in the vintage films.

conquest of the planet of the apes Rise of the Planet of the Apes: 21 nods to classic Apes8. Saddle up: The scene where Caesar emerges from swirling fog astride a mounted policeman’s horse is a nod to the signature early moment in the first film when Heston is shocked to see an ape wearing clothes and riding on horseback.

9.  Buck: The big gorilla’s name is a nod to actor Buck Kartalian, the former pro wrestler who played Julius in the classic.

10. Nova’s Café:  The coffee shop in the lobby of the biomedical company Gen-Sys is named after Linda Harrison’s character, Nova, who becomes the mate of Heston’s character and appeared in the first two “Apes” films.

11. The Golden Gate Bridge: The scene evokes the scene in “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” when apes charge across a bridge in the climax of the 1972 film. 

12. Rocket: The mean ape who makes peace with Caesar after a cookie moment gets his name from Norman Rockett, a set decorator on the 1968 movie.

13. No means no:  Caesar’s powerfully enunciated “No!” is a major moment in the new film and ties back into “Escape from the Planet of the Apes” when Cornelius explains that the ascent and revolt by his species began when an ape first uttered the word “No” to protest the human treatment of his kind.    

14. Cornelia:: The name of another ape in the new movie, Cornelia, is a nod to McDowall’s role as Cornelius in the original film.

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Linda Harrison and Charlton Heston in their "Apes" days (Fox)

15. Jacobs: David Oyelowo plays the mercenary bio-med executive Steven Jacobs in the new film. The character’s name (which is written on a board by one of the chimps at one point in the film) is a tribute to Arthur P. Jacobs, who produced the “Apes” films in the 1960s and 1970s. Jacobs, who had heart problems, died at age 51 in 1973 not long after the fourth sequel was released.

16.  Hosed: When Dodge blasts Caesar with a water hose, it’s a nod to Heston’s character being hosed in the ’68 film — which in turn was a reference to police attacking civil rights demonstrators in the real world.

17. Bright Eyes: In the original film, it’s the nickname given to Heston’s character by the ape scientist Zira. In the new film, it’s the nickname given to the intellect-accelerated ape who gives birth to Caesar.   

18. Statue of Liberty: Before he attacks a neighbor, Caesar is constructing a model of the Statue of Liberty in his suburban San Francisco home. It is, of course, the sight of that statue demolished on a beach that reveals the true setting of the 1968 film is actually far-future Earth.

19. Linda: The lab assistant named Linda in the new film is another nod to Harrison, who played Nova in the vintage movies.

20. Franklin: Taylor Labine plays Robert Franklin, a heartfelt lab worker who is destined to play an ominous role in human history. The character’s name acknowledges Frankin Schaffner, who directed the 1968 “Apes” movie and went on to direct “Patton,” “Papillon” and “The Boys from Brazil.”  

21. Had to say it: Felton’s character, Dodge, gets the honor or delivering two of Heston’s most memorable lines from the 1968 film: “It’s a madhouse! A madhouse!” and “Take your stinkin’ paw off me you damn dirty ape!”

–Rebecca Keegan



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93 Responses to ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’: 21 nods to classic ‘Apes’

  1. diw says:

    I loved the new prequel, can't wait for the sequel. Thanks for all the references, hail to Caesar and his crew.

    • brittany says:

      Since it's a prequel doesn't that mean there won't be a sequel?

      • Amber says:

        in this day and age, also the success the prequel had there might be a sequel.

      • Mikeaj says:

        It's a prequel to the old movies. The writer said it's actually just starting all over. Kind of like they did with "Batman Begins".

      • Shiloh2000 says:

        Today, not only can a prequel have a sequel, but the sequel could have another prequel. It's all determined by how much money rolls in.

      • thuncat says:

        it's a reboot.

        like star trek.

        it was really good.

        by the trailer, i thought there would be more action but, no.

        yet, not disappointed.

      • mm23 says:

        Yeah, they’re already discussing the sequel. It’s more a reboot than a prequel, really.

    • Ape Fan says:

      It's not a prequel. It was considered a "prequel" to the original movies. Think of Star Wars and how episode I was a prequel to V. The fact that this movie is attempting to work in it's own universe, however, makes this a film on it's own, with implicated further installments.

    • Cajuante Johnson says:

      Thanks for all of the nods. However , you failed to mention one of the most obvious nods of all: the opening scene where the chimps are being pursued by human captors. It was the inverse of what happened in the original.

    • Zachariha says:

      No one got this one Charlton Heston died with Alzheimer’s disease

  2. Hans House says:

    Great article, but I have two to add: the opening scene of the film shows humans chasing apes into waiting nets. This is an homage to an early scene in the first Planet of the Apes film where Heston and the other humans are chased into waiting nets. Also, Dodge's ham-handed uttering of Heston's classic "Damn dirty ape" is followed by Ceasar's shocking first word of "no". In the original, Heston's throat had been injured so when he says his damn dirty ape line all the apes are shocked are hearing a human speak for the first time. In Rise, all the humans are shocked by an ape speaking for the first time.

  3. editboy says:

    "14. Cornelia: The name of another ape in the new movie, Cornelia, is a nod to McDowall’s role as Cornelius in the original film."

    Just wanted to make one correction…

    The name Cornelia is actually an an amalgamation of both Roddy McDowall’s character Cornelius and Kim Hunter's character Zira.

  4. Brandon says:

    wow i thought i picked up all those clues but i missed like half of those. another reason to go watch it again! thanks for writing that Rebecca!

    I personally loved the film and watched the trilogy when it first came out back in the late 60's and watched it all again one movie after the other one day before i saw this one. This new movie was truly a beautiful movie!!!

    For those who are going to watch this movie. please try to see the first 4 original movies. you will appreciate the new movie much more! do not watch the 5th movie (Battle for the Planet of the Apes) it was written by a different person…and is complete crap! It was never meant to happen but i guess they decided to milk it a bit more.

    here is the list:
    Planet of the Apes (1968)
    Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
    Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

    • John says:

      Paul Dehn is still credited with writing/creating the story of the fourth sequel. And ALL the sequels were created to "milk" the success of the original for all it was worth. In fact, by most viewers and reviewers accounts, they are all vastly inferior to the original film. But the most curious thing: you're actually encouraging people to watch the first four films, but ignore the last one? Are you serious?

    • happyziggy says:

      Oh, come on, they are all great fun! Watch them all, and then watch the television series box set.

  5. db8s says:

    re 11. The Golden Gate Bridge. This can also be seen as homage to King Kong's confrontation with humans at a city's iconic location.

  6. Harold says:

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes 21 nods to classic Apes. Hoping this one will do the best….

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  7. randy meredith says:

    I'm a die hard fan of the old ape movies and just went to see the new one a second time.Loved it.Hail Caesar!

  8. Andy says:

    The scene where Caesar manages to take the pocket knife away is very reminiscent of how Taylor took Zira's writing pad in the original movie. There's also several sequences where the movement of the apes is shown by the rustling of branches and leaves, much in the same way the apes are introduced in the original movie. And if you look really closely, there's an extra sucking on a throat lozenge – cleary an homage to how much the Tim Burton remake sucked.

  9. Charlene MacKenzie says:

    Tim Burton also did homage to the original Plant of the Apes in one scene with the line, "Take your hands off me you damn dirty human." Irregardless of who does an APES movie, there is almost always a reference to 1 or more of the movies the 5 movie series.

    • thuncat says:

      too bad they didn't make the sequel to the Tim Burton one.

      the end looked like it would of more follow the original book, like it was meant to be.

    • mm23 says:

      And there’s another…Heston plays the chimp general’s father in the 2001 film and gets to say his “damn them all to hell” line again.

    • Anim8me2 says:

      Irregardless is not a word.

      • harris says:

        thats correct, its rather redundant actually, adding in a second negative to a word which was already loaded with the intention of portraying a "lack of regard." i was rather hoping someone would catch on to that

      • Big B says:

        Actually by any definition of "word", irregardles is a word. just because the word irritates you doesnt make it not a word. a double negative is not illogical but could be considered redundant. redundant morphemes occur often in standard english. this assertion is based on a flawed mathematical analogy (multiply 2 negative numbers and get a positive 1) if we are to indulge in mathematical metaphors why multiplication and not addition? add 2 negative numbers and you get another negative word. the ir- in irregardless is an intensifier. is it a proper word, no, but it is definitly a word.

  10. happyziggy says:

    The black and white photo is actually from 1973's Battle for the Planet of the Apes: Natalie Trundy as Lisa, Bobby Porter as Cornelius, Roddy McDowell as Caesar. The new film is very powerful. Serkis' "No" scene made me feel like crawling into a cold sweat fetal position. Incredible.

  11. CHAZZ2222 says:


  12. Rod Serling says:

    ALTERNATIVE ENDING -RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. CAESAR: Will, I need you to bring large covered trucks to the Monkey Jail House tonight after dark so we can escape to the Muir Woods Redwood Forest. WILL: Caesar, my God you can speak! CAESAR: Yes, your drug raised my IQ to a genius level. I sprayed my fellow simian inmates with it. Look. We don't want trouble and I know how gun-happy you humans are. So will you bring the trucks? WILL: Um, okay.

  13. Hackworth says:

    After reading all this, there isn’t that much left in the script that isn’t a homage or nod to the old movies :)

    Anyway, I quite enjoyed the Movie and really looking forward to the next one. I just Hope they don’t mess up the Mutants and the forbidden zone (maybe in part 3 or 4). They were perfect in the old movies, but I’m really afraid it’s going to be some zombie-like shit or orkish romulans…whatever.

    And despite the awesome CG work WETA did, I liked the old Ape makeup better. They just had those awesome haircuts. They don’t make apes like that anymore :(

  14. Lori Dippy says:

    (Previously posted on 8-8-11 :) See my full list on –

    More Easter eggs I found when I saw the movie (as a self-confessed-Apes-crazy fan from the 1960’s) !!

    4. When Caesar escapes the compound to go back to Will’s apartment, there is a scene of a lit-up ferris wheel at a circus; reminiscent of baby Caesar’s (aka Milo’s) escape to a circus in the 3rd movie, Escape from the POTA.

    5. When Jacobs returns to GenSys, he is surrounded by multi-story, circular balconies filled with angry apes, reminiscent of the stone balconies in Ape City when a leashed Taylor is brought outdoors then later chased down by angry apes in the original movie.

    6. Lithgow’s character “Charles Rodman” taken from Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall.

    9. Apes handler in the compound is “Rodney”. Another Roddy homage?

    10. Actor “James Franco” sounds a lot like actor “James Franciscus” in 2nd movie, Beneath the POTA.

    11. When I read the rolling credits, I think I saw a character name, “Linda”, but not sure. Was it a shout out to Linda Harrison?

    12. Not really an Easter egg, but more of a pun. GenSys sounds like Genesis, i.e., the first book of the beginning.

    Yep, I’m a POTA geek. Thanks to my sweet, understanding husband, it’s ok. In fact he surprised me last month and took me to the “Rise of the POTA” preview and panel discussion at Caltech in Pasadena where I got to meet director, Rupert Wyatt, and visual effects genius, Joe Letteri !

    Can’t wait to watch it again this weekend !

    • veggiedude says:

      GenSys is a nod to Genentec, a a Bio-Tech company based in South San Francisco. I loved the original apes films back in the 70's and attribute them with my last 35 years of being vegan.

    • Brandon says:

      I really doubt James Franco's name counts as a easter egg. More like a coincidence. You seem to be stretching.

  15. Dan Mc7 says:

    Also — the cage the gorilla is kept in the primate facility very closely resembles the cages that the Heston and Hamilton were kept in the POTA.

  16. Sean says:

    This is a fun read.

  17. Steve B says:

    The movie certainly seems to pay homage to Tim Roth's Tim Burton Planet of the Apes performance in the way Caesar stands in several scenes, and with regard to his eyes and expressions in several scenes.

  18. LazerWolf says:

    Actually, I have two more.

    1. When Caroline is treating Caesar, she says "I love chimpanzees." I didn't notice this at first, but a friend pointed out that the line and the inflection of how it is said recalls Ricardo Montalban in Escape. He also says he loves Chimpanzees.

    2. At one point, when we scan the cages, we can see the names of some other apes. One in the foreground is Simos. Simos is the first ape in the Planet of the Apes remake. The return of the lost ape at the end is said to be Simos, starting a truce between ape and man in the remake.

  19. Roger says:

    There's a scene where Ceasar holds up a stick (I think it was the taser) which I think paid tribute to the "2001 Space Odessy" movie scene when the ape picks up the stick to use as a tool, – I saw space Odessy & the Original Planet of the Apes together as a double feature.

  20. Jared says:

    In ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, a caged Zira toys with the modern day scientists by quickly succeeding at coordination tests. Her speed at problem solving astounds the unsuspecting scientists in the same way that "Bright Eyes" shows off her abilities to the Gen-Sys scientists in RISE.

  21. brettghampton says:

    Of course, the movie pays homage to "X-Men: The Last Stand" with the apes overrunning the Golden Gate Bridge much like the mutants crossed the bridge until Magneto moved the entire bridge over to Alcatraz Island. And of course, the apes are all animated CGI; a tribute to the "Planet of the Apes" cartoon series. See how carried away we can get with this stuff?

  22. jeff says:

    the Jeep looks like the one from Escape with Bradford Dillon driving…………..

  23. Elaine says:

    Loved all the references to the original movies. As a pota fanatic, Rise is just awesome and I am looking forward to the sequels. Caesar, you rock! Elaine

  24. that dude says:

    loved it!

  25. Joseph L Cooke says:

    Now, I have an excuse to go see the movie again. Thanks, guys.

  26. Howie says:

    What about "Ceasar is home." A play on the end of the original when Heston said "I'm home," no?

  27. Will says:

    Shouldn't leave out the 2001: A Space Odyssey moment eitrher.

  28. Howard and Devon says:

    These posts have been fun. Three more specific references: 1) The lab handlers try to capture Bright Eyes with the neck collar, just as humans are restrained by neck collars in the original POTA. 2) In Muir Woods, Caesar encounters the german shepard, and after they snarl at each other, Caesar sadly asks Will, Am I a pet? In "Conquest," apes replace dogs as pets before they effectively become slaves. 3) The bus that the apes utilize during the Golden Gate Bridge battle evokes the ramshackle bus used by the mutants in "Battle for POTA."

  29. John says:

    wow.. I had no clues there were so many of them… i could make out a few (may 4-5) of the references thats all… i guess i will watch out for these once i have the DVD when it comes out… Thanks for the info..

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  30. David says:

    I was wondering if the owner of the primate house (John Landon)'s look (goatee and hairstyle) were a nod to Ricardo Monatlban's "Armando" in "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes"?

  31. Tonebone says:

    Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.

  32. Steve says:

    When the Orangutan in the cage signs to Caesar that he learned sign language in the circus…that's a salute to Ricardo Moltaban's circus in the 3rd and 4th movie where he took care of Caesar.

  33. Lori Dippy says:

    EVEN More Easter eggs I found when I saw the movie a 2nd time … !
    (this time scribbling on a note pad in the dark theatre :)

    13. The chimps extended their arms out of the cages for food, just like the humans did in the original POTA. (yeah, kind of a “soft-boiled” Easter egg, oh well)
    14. Franklin says that the chimp is not a monkey, he’s an ape. In Escape from POTA, Cornelius makes that same distinction between monkeys and apes.
    15. Caesar has a birthmark on his right shoulder at the SAME location that Taylor has an injury covered with black tar on his right shoulder in the original POTA.
    16. Baby Caesar visits SF zoo; in Escape, Zira and Cornelius are at LA Zoo.
    17. Will drives a similar jeep vehicle that Lewis (Bradford Dillman) drives in Escape. (someone else beat me to this post, but I noticed it too)
    18. Dog barks at Caesar in the woods; in Escape, a dog barked at Zira and Cornelius when they checked in to the Beverly Hills hotel.
    19. Caesar asks Will “Do you think I’m a pet?” In Escape, a reporter in a cocktail party asks Zira if she thinks that she’s a pet.
    20. In the ape sanctuary, Caesar wears an orange-tinted shirt; in Conquest of the POTA, many apes wear orange jumpsuits.
    21. Caesar shared cookies with other apes; in Conquest, he shared his banana with them.
    22. When Caesar escapes the ape sanctuary, there’s silhouette of him running in background, with Dodge Landon in the foreground. This is reminiscent of the mute humans running in the background when Taylor and crew find the scarecrows on the edge of the Forbidden Zone, in the original POTA.
    23. Various scenes of Jacobs, et. al. walking through tiled tunnels to get to the parking lot. Tunnels looked similar to those in underground scenes in Beneath the POTA.
    24. The ALZ vaccine’s side effect was expelling blood. Lawgiver sheds bloody tears and drool in Beneath.
    25. When the police confront the apes on Golden Gate bridge, the view is obscured by the San Francisco fog. In Battle for the POTA, the mutants launch bombs to set up a smokescreen to obscure visability when they confront the apes.
    26. Maybe, not really an Easter egg, but more like foreshadowing: The first destination outside of SF for the viral infection is New York, as shown in the flight schedule.
    27. And one more that’s somewhat of a stretch, i.e., a “scrambled” egg?? –
    Andy Serkis plays Caeser. His last name phonetically sounds like “Circus”, where he was saved as a baby in Escape (aka Milo).

    LOVED the movie second time ‘round ! Posted 8-16-11.

    Could NOT find these 2 previously posted by others:
    –Where was Nova’s Café? Was it really there, which scene? I missed it
    –Where was Stewart, the female scientist? Missed that one too.

    See my first list posted 8-8-11 on – http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2011/08/05/rise-of-the-

    • harris says:

      great notations, but just FYI: the term cock in reference to "cocktail party" is not an inappropriate word, just as it is not a censorable word when referring to the common farm animal rooster. was franklin, the ape-friendly assistant ordered to put down the apes, also a character in the original movies? i saw some reference to him as having a destiny that affected the fate of mankind

      • Lori Dippy says:

        Hi harris – I agree with you. I didn't censor it, I wrote it out fully as c-ock-tail party, but when it posted on this site, someone edited it with the asterisks ****. Seemed silly to me too.
        Btw, to answer your question, there was no "Franklin" character in the original movie. Instead, it was a reference to "Franklin Schaffner", the director of the original PoTA movie.

        Just purchased the Blu-Ray set and found another Easter egg in the "bonus extras" on the deleted scenes! The deleted scene titled "Will Discovers Caeser Has Solved Puzzles" shows a couple of unfinished jigsaw puzzles showing 1) A beach scene (where Taylor finds "the statue") and 2) A New York city skyline.

        I wish the DVD had an "bonus extra" pointing out ALL the Easter eggs !!
        Posted 12-21-11

    • Monkey man says:

      Nova Cafe in b.g. was cut when part of the elevator scene was re-shot.

  34. Guest says:

    So, does the obvious "Lost In Space" reference not get a mention? Or Andy Serkis' character biting the finger off? Felt that was a bit of a tip of the hat to his work in LotR.

  35. Dan says:

    What about the business man on the phone in his car on the bridge at the end? I feel like there has to be something to him and/or his lines but I don't know what…

  36. guest says:

    any significance to the number 1229 that was zoomed into on a police helmet?

    • André says:

      Just found out director Don Taylor passed away december 29 – 1998. Taylor directed Escape from the Planet of the Apes. December 29! 1229 maybe?

  37. Mike says:

    The movie was awesome! I think what would have tied it into Conquest if that instead of Ceasar being the main character, Lisa could have been the main character. (Lisa in Conquest kinda becomes Ceasar's girl and in Battle she is his wife.) I only say this because they already had Ceasar as the son of Cornelius and Zira who came from the future and Lisa seemed to be the second most intelligent ape in that movie. But I loved it anyway, saw it twice and plan on a 3rd time this weekend.

  38. Steve Osterberg says:

    I remember in the first movie, there was a christ like figure that the apes talk about.I believe they call him the first ape. Anyone remember his name?

  39. steve osterberg says:

    Love all the Easter eggs! Question- in the original movie I believe the apes have a somewhat christ like entity that they talk about or worship as maybe the first ape or something? What was his name? I was wondering if it was Ceasar?

  40. Johnny Miller says:

    Y'all missed another. The movie being shown at the apes sanctuary is "The Ten Commandments" starring Mr. Heston!!

    • Johnny Miller says:

      Also, the leash around Ceasers neck…Heston didn't like his in the original and rubbed his neck just like Ceaser did in "Rise".

  41. p jizzle says:

    i cant wait to see it!! thanks everbody!!

  42. mwteel says:

    I assume that Caesar is actually the Caesar from the movies but just in an earlier incarnation.

  43. robzz says:

    Just seen it. Great film. How about this as a reference – can anyone confirm it ? When Caesar takes the electric cattle prod off of Landon, he holds it aloft and the camera focuses on his hand holding the prod. Was this the same as the image of a gorilla holding a rifle up in the starting sequence of the T.V. series ??

  44. Cole says:

    After seeing The Rise and reading your article I’ve got to see the older films. Since I work at DISH Network I just found out that I can watch them all on DISHonline.com. I can’t wait to have an ape marathon and then I’m heading back to the theater to watch The Rise again so I can catch all these references.

  45. Jamie says:

    Was the circus bus the police were using as a barricade from Armando's circus?

  46. Victor R. says:

    Was this film originally titled: "Caesar: Rise of the Planet of the Apes"?

  47. ... says:

    The "diety" they worship is called "the lawgiver"

  48. jwtw says:

    I saw The Rise Of The Planet Apes, friday, it was way better than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed the movie, enough to want to go back an see it again. I really really like it.

  49. Patty says:

    I can't believe that Roger was the only one to pick up on the taser moment, derived from the seminal scene in 2001 Space Odyssey, where the stick spins over and over in the air and finally is picked up by a primate.

  50. Zachariha says:

    I can not belive no one has mentioned that the apes could not defeat Charlton Heston (Taylor)
    But in real life Alzheimer’s disease did take him from us
    And in this film that is what they are looking to cure

  51. WNC Travel says:

    Incredible movie. Fast moving, great cinematography and it completely explains how events led to the first movie. I've seen it three times and will at least once more.

  52. Tim Keable says:

    Very interesting thread this.

    There's one other thing that nobody seems to have mentioned: It's in "Rise"and also "Conquest". It's the name Caesar.

    In "Conquest" Governor Breck comments on the name Caesar has chosen from the book as meaning "King". It actually means "Head of Hair" or "Hairy One".

    The perfect name for the king of the Apes!

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  54. Edwin says:

    Reference No. 5 is incomplete. "Dodge" and "Landon" were the last names of EACH of Taylor's two surviving shipmates in the original movie.

  55. Bobbyf says:

    I know this comes very late to the conversation, but one nod no one's mentioned is Rocket chasing Caesar up the tree at the ape facility is a nod to the original Caesar chasing Aldo up a tree in "Battle for the Planet of the Apes" – which is a must viewing to complete the time circle – the birth of the mutants in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes."

  56. trueblue20 says:

    A few more eggs:

    – Ceasar's right shoulder birthmark in Rise resembles the human branding iron symbol the apes used in Burton's rendition.
    – Ceasar falling from the tree at the ape facility in Rise resembles Ceasar's son falling from a tree to his death in an earlier sequel.
    – Ceaser's compassion to 'save but don't kill humans' is the same ethic both Zira and Cornelius have in the early POTA movies.

  57. Julien says:

    Here's something that might have been inspired by an element of the original series, although I can't pinpoint where it comes from:

    The pattern in the attic window where Ceasar spends is early life.

    – Ceasar draws the same pattern on the wall of his cage.

    – That same pattern later appears as a graffiti on a traffic sign after the apes have escaped.

    Maybe this will become the logo of the ape revolution in the next installments of this new series?

    Is there such a logo in the original series?

  58. Chris Caldwell says:

    There is another one. In a cutscene in the credits, the neighbor's nose bleeds, which means he got the disease from the lab worker. He works as a suitcase carrier. After that, we get a close up of the travel board saying NEW YORK, location of the Statue of Liberty.

  59. Christopher Caldwell says:

    Plus, when Koba sticks out his arm for a treat and asks for another, as if he found out how to get food, it resembled the action Taylor did in the original.

  60. luke says:

    I believe I have another egg to offer. When the icarus is lost, the newspaper headline said"Lost In Space". In the original movie, when the icarus enters earth's atmosphere and crashes, the engine noises were from the jupiter 2 of Lost in Space.

  61. JD Mandrell says:

    On #8, it also recalls the opening scenes of 'Conquest", when Armando and Caesar arrive, their circus flyers show Caesar is "hiding" as a circus ape that performs on horseback.

  62. JD Mandrell says:

    One more, the red outfit that Caesar wears in "Rise", is the same as the waiters uniform worn by servant apes (and Caesar) in 'Conquest" from the original films.

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