CSP 144: Going Ape, pt. 1 (Planet of the Apes / Beneath the Planet of the Apes)

Cinescopers wants you to go ape! In celebration of the new film War For the Planet of the Apes, we’re going back to the beginning and discussing all five original Planet of the Apes films, as well as the 2001 Tim Burton remake.

This week we’re looking at the first and second films in the franchise: 1968’s Planet of the Apes, and the 1970 sequel Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Is the first film more than funny ape masks and the most-spoiled ending in film history? Is the second film anything more than a cynical cash grab? Listen to our discussion and then judge for yourself!


0:00:00 – 0:03:34

Planet of the Apes (spoilers)
0:03:34 – 0:46:37

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (spoilers)
0:46:37 – 1:20:34

Outro & next week
1:20:34 – 1:22:12


  • Russo, Joe and Landsman, Larry with Gross, Edward. Planet of the Apes Revisited. Thomas Dunne Books, New York, 2001 (link to purchase)
  • Fordham, Joe and Bond, Jeff. Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend. Titan Books, London, 2014 (link to purchase)

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Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Songs: “Slow Burn,” “Fearless First.”
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