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Impact of the Apes

How the Apes Franchise changed movies, merchandise, and fandom.

1968's Planet of the Apes dabbled in all kinds of risks. It was an endeavor into a novel genre, with an ambitious story and one of the biggest leaps in make up and practical effects of the time. Not to mention that marketing a movie like that made producers more than a little nervous... Little did they know, an Ape Mania was around the corner, and the first film was just the beginning.

In this video, seasoned Apes historians and movie experts break down how the original film not only created a new generation of movies, but inspired several generations of fans who have remained just as excited to experience the Ape Planet as that first wave of moviegoers were in 1968. This is the "Impact of the Apes."

Watch the video below!