The Ape Planet has arrived at the University of Southern California, bringing together Apes fans, visionaries, and characters alike.

The Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary Exhibit and Film Retrospective kicked off February 9th with an artifact-driven journey through the world of the Apes. The first of three panels, brought together some of the most brilliant minds from across five decades of Apes films.

Settled in? Join us on a time-travelling stroll through this iconic franchise.


Open now through May 13 at USC, the exhibit features artifacts from across the franchise’s history, including everything from original full character costumes, to artwork and set props, to a selection of authentic Planet of the Apes merchandise and life-sized busts, loaned by private collectors and the 20th Century Fox Film Archives.

Want to see more? Take a close-up look at some of the featured artifacts below!

The original 1968 movie screenplay, and an unproduced sequel, Planet of Men, written by Pierre Boulle. Planet of Men was ultimately turned down due to the proposed budget.
Three molded makeup prosthetics from 1968, in order from left to right: Cornelius, Dr. Zaius, and General Ursus. On the Cornelius pieces, you’ll see the initials “RM” written on the plaster m

Before Caesar was brought to life with motion capture and the incredible performance of Andy Serkis, he was a freedom fighter in the original Planet of the Apes series. This is his original character wardrobe.

A General Ursus decorative figurine from a private collector.

A tin lunchbox from the Planet of the Apes 1970s television series, signed by actors Booth Colman and Ron Harper.


After a special screening of Planet of the Apes (1968), USC hosted a Legacy Panel featuring seven top visionaries from all five decades of Apes films, including 1968 Planet of the Apes Art Director William Creber, and Academy Award-nominated VFX supervisor Joe Letteri, recognized for his work on War for the Planet of the Apes. Comedian, writer and #1 Apes fan Dana Gould then joined the panelists on-stage in full Dr. Zaius makeup.

Panelists included: - Director William Creber, Planet of the Apes (1968) - Make-up artist Dan Striepeke, Planet of the Apes (1968) - Producer Dylan Clark, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - Director Rupert Wyatt, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) - Director Matt Reeves, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - Writer and Producer Rick Jaffa, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Read more about the panel, and watch the full discussion (plus a special video message from Andy Serkis) here!

Want to see what it takes to go Ape? Watch Dana Gould’s makeup transformation into Dr. Zaius prior to taking the panel stage by comedic storm.