Director: William Conlin
Writers: Thomas R. Burman, William Conlin

This one is for the movie lovers out there. Much like my latest review The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young, this is for a niche audience. Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film is a movie made BY movie lovers FOR movie lovers. Pure and simple.


I am writing the rest of this blog after appearing on Barstool Sports and KFC Radio’s #SocialDistancing game show. Taking in the fantastic taste of New Amsterdam’s Pink Whitney, I emerged victorious by judge’s decision over a very worthy opponent. So the rest of this short little movie review is going be under the influence of Pink Whitney. For those who know…they know.


Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film is all about costume design. Pure and simple. It is about how the primates came to tangible live in one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time, Planet Of The Apes (1968). Hearing comment from Joh Champers (archival footage seeing how he passed away in 2001, RIP) and from other members of the crew, the audience is educated on the immense effort it took to make the characters of Cornelius (Roddy McDowall), Dr. Zaius (Maurice Evans) and Dr. Zira (Kim Hunter) came to life.

Personally, the main takeaway from this documentary, besides the immense amount of effort put into making the masks, is the huge personal investment Charlton Heston made in making this film worth. The story of how the main draft for the monkeys’ feature came from a mere “screw it” draft on a mere sculpting table is a wonderful example of how the wonder of cinema can sometime be summed up in a 🤷.

This isn’t worth going to in depth about because those who love movies will love Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film.  Plain and simple. This movie puts a microscope on some the unsung details that makes a movie like Planet Of The Apes thrive.  It’s a deep-dive into a science-fiction classic that STILL has one of the most iconic endings of all time.

P.S. I have never seen any of the direct sequels to Planet Of The Apes. I was shocked to hear the success they all had, but I underestimated the cultural impact these monkeys had.

Stanko Rating: A- (4.0/5 Stars)

“Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed” IMDB
“Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed” Rotten Tomatoes

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