From CineFix: Planet of the Apes is a movie that spans decades (as well as the whole next stage of primate evolution). But even if you've seen every movie from 1968 to Dawn of Planet of the Apes, here are some things you (probably) didn't know. These 7 facts will arm you with lots of trivia to show off about the films, from monkey makeup to mo-cap suits (yes, we know apes aren't monkeys. But "monkey" is a much funnier word). What did you think of these bits of Apes trivia? Did you know any of them already? Are you going to show off some of this trivia to your friends in line to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? What's your favorite movie in the Planet of the Apes franchise?" Feel free to answer any of those questions below.
Back when the third entry in the original Apes film series (1971's Escape From the Planet of the Apes) was filmed, there was originally a pre-credit sequence filmed in which Cornelius, Zira and Dr. Milo flee the planet in Taylor's salvaged spacecraft. Then, as the climactic moments of Beneath are played out and Earth is destroyed, the shockwave propels the ape-o-nauts backwards in time where they are discovered by modern day humans once the craft re-enters the atmosphere. In the pages of Planet of the Apes Revisited (which is currently being revised), the late Don Taylor told authors Joe Russo, Larry Landsman and Edward Gross, "There's a lot of film somewhere. That's a whole day's worth of electronics and special effects. Smoke and gadgets blowing up. I don't know why we cut it. i guess we just didn't need it. In other words, it was the same old jazz."