Must Watch: First Teaser Trailer for 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'!

April 14, 2011
Source: Apple

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Teaser Trailer

Apes Will Rise! Fox has unveiled the teaser trailer on Apple for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a new prequel in the beloved Planet of the Apes sci-fi series. Just yesterday, WETA revealed their first look at the movie, as they're doing all of the CGI rendering on every ape, including Caesar, played by Andy Serkis. Now we have our first tease of what to expect and it looks really, really good. I'm intrigued by how realistic all of the apes are, compared to the men-in-suit of the classic films, but the emotion on Caesar's face is what makes me feel like this will be amazing. This was only just a teaser, but I'm definitely looking forward to it!

Watch the official teaser trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes:

You can also get the Rise of the Planet of the Apes teaser in High Def on Apple

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is set in a contemporary San Francisco and follows a young scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes. Franco has been testing his Alzheimer cure on apes, but one of them, named Caesar, starts to evolve rapidly, so he takes him home to live with him and protect him from the "cruel doctors," thus starting the inevitable ape revolution. James Franco stars, along with Andy Serkis providing motion capture for Caesar and Weta doing the CG, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, plus Tom Felton. Rise of the Planet of the Apes arrives in theaters on August 5th late summer.

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I don't mean to offend, but IMO this looks awful.

James on Apr 14, 2011


Thought it would look awful, but thinks it looks fantastic. It will get my £7 cinema ticket money!!!

Edward Nigma on Apr 14, 2011


Title is terrible script/ plot seems good those effect they use on the monkeys look TERRIBLE though. not so much that last 3 second scene, fox has always had trouble with CGI and animation stuff my example? DBZ evolution. But I have high hopes for this film now, LETS SEE SOME MONKEYS GET SHOT!

Chip_Tha_Ripper on Apr 14, 2011


Terrible? The effects are flawless. You shouldn't comment if you know nothing about it. I work in feature film as a vfx artist. Sadly there's no law preventing ignorance online.

Davinciboson on Apr 22, 2011


nah I some what agree, but its more of a conflict in the artist conception vs logic... they tried to make the apes/chimpz look too real human...a human has to do facial expressions for it unless they can make a real chimp do it all... I mean really these are lab chimps and unless they somehow explain that they alter muscle structures in their faces as well as in their brains in the movie.. its a flaw and makes it look stupid and i laughed my ass off watching this stupid trailer in the theaters... and no movie in the History of time is flawless there will always be flaws there will always be cuts and bloopers and what have you... it is obviously visually stimulating compare to a movie 10, 20 years oh hell even most 5 years ago..

Anonymous on Jul 12, 2011


exactly the monkeys look like humans its ridiculous. The whole thing looks ridiculous. 

ramez ramez on Aug 1, 2011


I agree. And what is with the apes look? I really liked the original film with Heston. The apes had a more of human feel to them. The effect shots by weta don't look that great in this new film.

Last Son on Apr 16, 2011


I love it!!!

Mr_migz on Apr 14, 2011

9 marky mark? lol

kwame adansi on Apr 14, 2011


movie=awesome title=horrendous

stfugtfo on Apr 14, 2011


I am in!!!

Barnaby Barrilla on Apr 14, 2011


Hey, Looks exactly like a Zombie/ Mass infection film, but with Monkeys! I'm in too!

Iwelford on Apr 14, 2011


That actually looks pretty bad ass! Shweet!

Judasbarronx1 on Apr 14, 2011


Glad to hear people are really liking this!!

Alex Billington on Apr 14, 2011


Big believer?

Ryderup on Apr 14, 2011


In... the movie? Yes!

Alex Billington on Apr 17, 2011


Absolutely love it and that's saying something since I’ve been a fan of all the originals in since they were first released in the theaters. One question Alex, wasn't there a report awhile back saying it wasn't going to be released until January 2012?

Hattori Hanzo on Apr 14, 2011


No, it's definitely set for August 5th, at least in the US. Don't worry about that! 🙂

Alex Billington on Apr 15, 2011


i thought you had great expectations for a company like WETA. You know, i know.. what we seen. And it could have been better.

Redguy on Apr 15, 2011


One word: PROPER.

Big Boss on Apr 14, 2011


Im sorry but this is kinda ridiculous. I mean the army, armed to the teeth vs ... monkeys. Don't get me wrong I love Planet of the Apes I just never imagined how retarded it started. I'm sorry if I'm being negative about it, I think I haven't recovered from Tim Burtons take.

Bltzie on Apr 14, 2011


I not so sure about WETA being the best... I think it's pretty much competing with ILM for the first place and Digital Domain is right behind them.

BelowTheVoid on Apr 14, 2011


This argument holds no weight. The Oscar people are notorious for giving awards to the trendy nominees (which despite my love and awe for it, Inception was) and not to deserving nominees (not saying inception didn't deserve either...) To base a decision on which Effect houses is the best based on Oscar wins is stupid. ILM is the best,they have redfined cinema time and again. Watch the documentary on them. They are also indirectly responsible for the birth of PIXAR. WETA has a long way to go to unseat ILM, and Digital Domain even more so........

Part Fanboy Part Cinephile on Apr 14, 2011


Part Fanboy Part Cinephile uses logic, it's super effective!

Lebowski on Apr 14, 2011


I respect the response... but I don't think WETA has that far to go. I grew up on ILM (I'm 30+) and have been awed by them time and again. However I thought LOTR was insanely good.... and as much as I hated Avatar... the visuals were untouchable. I think it fitting that ILM mainstay Steven Spielberg is directing Tintin... a WETA project.

Duane on Apr 14, 2011


I think that WETA has unseated them. To make a robot in VFX is not that hard because it is mechanical and based on rigid physics. Transformers was horribly done. If you watch it you can clearly see all the mistakes in the transformations. They used the panning and cutting to hide the mistakes and to distract the viewers. They have failed time and time again on making organic characters as they proved with the last few star wars movies. Avatar was amazing visually and the natural environment and the way they went about doing things was just incredible. WETA have taken the base that ILM have built and have gone on to take it to the next level. Jar Jar was a horribly designed character and no one ever wanted to see another CG character until Gollum came along. Kong was pretty amazingly done as well. Don't get me wrong they both have merrits but I think now that WETA have become a one stop shop, because they have an armory, a digital fx house and a miniature creation house, it's hard to see past them as being the best around at the moment. I also can not stand that George Lucas remotely has a say in some of the movies they do. He ruined Indiana Jones imho.

Vanguard on Apr 15, 2011


But can they type Shakespeare?

NotAllThoseWhoWanderAreLost! on Apr 14, 2011


get away from me you damn dirty apes!

that1guy on Apr 14, 2011


mmm looks ok. i thought tim burtons film wasnt that bad so i think i will like this one too.

Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011


Looks ridiculously retarded, like someone before said. It's weird, also: Weta can do the most believable digital actors ever(Kong, Gollum, Avatar), yet here it does look fake and CGish. Weird. Now. What's the music? Apart from being little INCEPTIONlike it's quite good.

Vithren on Apr 14, 2011


The whole point and appeal of planet of the apes is that they took over and were that way via evolution, it kind of takes away the aspect and intelligence now they've gone down the road of cheesy horror movies that must explain every little detail. People don't need an stupid explanation that they got that way as a result of alzheimers drug tests, they're over simplify and taking away the originals magic.

Simon on Apr 14, 2011


I don't think anything can really take away from an original film. Obviously this is like comparing Apples and Oranges, but take the original Halloween films and then take the film that tried to explain Micheal with curses and symbols. I don't think anyone watches the originals with the thought "he's doing this because a curse is forcing him, poor ol' Mike". That said, this teaser looks good to me 🙂

BRZ on Apr 14, 2011


I wanna see more!

DwainIBe on Apr 14, 2011


Jury is out until we see them speak - that's the make or break

Louis Plamondon on Apr 14, 2011


im hoping they DONT speak, at least not english or any other human language. maybe save for like the LAST scene where Caesar manages to put together a loose sentence. now THAT would be creepy...

Nick S. on Apr 15, 2011


Yes, yes, yes. You read my mind. It would just be so damn weird to watch them trying to learn how to speak and making near-speech sounds like those "talking dogs" on AFV except they actually have some idea of what they're saying and what it means. Seeing humanoid apes played by people in costumes and makeup isn't scary or creepy at all. It's just not convincing. You can't complete the illusion. But with this CGI/motion capture work, they'll definitely come up with something creepy.

JL on Apr 19, 2011


this looks awful, in my opinion...its going to crash and burn without a strict and relentless publicity campaign oh wait....

Steve on Apr 14, 2011


Wow I am totally blown away - lovely tension, story looks solid and the CG is again ground breaking. I am very excited. Has Weta done this as something which they are personally invested in? Is it partly their IP? I ask this as it clearly states from weta in the trailer.

Dominic on Apr 14, 2011


When they surrounded the black guy they were like "hey man sup".

Guest112 on Apr 14, 2011


How did King Kong look amazing, and this come out so bad? Title is bad and it looks like monkeys replaced zombies.

Smallhero44 on Apr 14, 2011


so true, its like 28 Days Later with monkeys

Imdavek on Apr 14, 2011


oh RED camera. Funny to see a movie not marketed by a director or a producer but a digital effects company.

Zakabitz on Apr 14, 2011


The movie this was based on had as its premise that trained apes were being used as servants, and thus were everywhere, which is a bit more 'believable' ,relatively speaking, as a scenario for an ape revolution. Also there was a certain Romeroesque element of satire and social critique running through it. Its a shame they've (seemingly) ditched those elements, really...would have made for a far more interesting movie, that worked on a few levels.

Nodin on Apr 14, 2011


Draco Malfoy! Also, for those who are saying it doesn't look "real", of course it doesn't. Your mind catches things that are illogical and makes it a point to focus on them. If a monkey was in a cage (like in the first 5 second teaser) it would look insanely detailed and realistic but because they are jumping on helicopters....well that's a little silly isn't it?

Tyler Morgan on Apr 14, 2011


This is gonna be maybe one of the lamest comments thrown out there, but something about 2 "OF THE's" in a movie title just automatically makes me think its cheesy, like some crappy camp 60s flick. Odds are this movie will blow but the effects will be great, hell, its coming out in summer which is prime territory for such a cinematic equation.

Voice of Reason on Apr 14, 2011


Its still a few months away so im expecting the effects to get much better and Weta have never let me down on that aspect. As for the story....its too early to tell but it looks more like an outbreak movie than Planet of The Apes. The title was only changed very recently and it sucks...what was wrong with Rise Of The Apes??! anyway im still interested to see how it turns out.

vegasdanny on Apr 14, 2011


Looks really good,kind of reminded me of I am a legend in parts.

tir na nog on Apr 14, 2011



Roy120593 on Apr 14, 2011


Wow, is there way to ban this guy? Your comment was way out of line.

Necrothug on Apr 14, 2011


About to do exactly that.

Alex Billington on Apr 14, 2011


im so mad i cant even spell right

Roy120593 on Apr 14, 2011


goooooosefrabah roy, goosefrabah

rocKKicker on Apr 14, 2011


I just want to see the monkeys start to break dance and have someone sing "Dr. Zaius" to the beat of Rock Me Amadeus. Just like the late great Phil Hartman.

the douche on Apr 14, 2011


This looks very subpar in my opinion. VFX don't look realistic, the acting looks a notch above SyFy channel with all of the appropriate one-liners and all. And the story, meh... And what is it with every action film trailer needing that sound effect that resonates every couple of seconds... This trailer, Transformers 3, I can't remember the names of the others, etc... It all started with Inception last year.

Marty Martin on Apr 14, 2011


This looks very subpar in my opinion. VFX don't look realistic, the acting looks a notch above SyFy channel with all of the appropriate one-liners and all. And the story, meh... And what is it with every action film trailer needing that sound effect that resonates every couple of seconds... This trailer, Transformers 3, I can't remember the names of the others, etc... It all started with Inception last year.

Marty Martin on Apr 14, 2011


unbelievable (this word is not meant for praise)

Boon on Apr 14, 2011


James Franco is incredible. I'm hoping the quiet, eerie build up of the trailer is represented in the film. Maybe another "The Birds" on our hands?

Modern American Man on Apr 14, 2011


Franco's completely overrated. Average, at best, and this seems like a horrible role and film to choose immediately following his Oscar-run for 127 Hours.

Sparky on Apr 14, 2011


I'll have to disagree with you, but I respect your opinion. 🙂

Modern American Man on Apr 15, 2011


the raciest comment i laid down at 1:35 was HILARIOUS. anyways, i wont go out of my way to see it but if its all there is for movie night then ill be down

Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011


I like how everyone has negative comments on the digital monkey of course its gonna look bad they have a pre production phase to make them look incredible and realistic get of the pedastal people lol, and with the name they had to get a name to show its planet of the apes for people who wouldn't know if they saw rise of the apes title lol I like the story cause its also more realistic and plus...its a new time a new generation of movies step down from that pedastal lol

BombBuddha on Apr 14, 2011


Looks more like Attack of the Killer Gorillas than anything related to Planet of the Apes (I guess I'm a man-in-suit junkie)

Sean Kelly on Apr 14, 2011


Is it just me or does this look terrible? James Franco makes it sound like it's a parody trailer on Funny or Die. Andy Serkis is great and so is Weta but I have never seen the effects company promoted above everything else in the trailer. Also, what's with the title change? "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is horrible, they should have stuck with "The Rise of the Apes" -- we're smart enough to remember the franchise. I mean, the concept is great, but the script and the actors. Yikes.

CisforCinema on Apr 14, 2011


Totally agree. Friggin' studios think their viewers are so dumb. Don't get me wrong, most movie goers are dumb as shit, but not dumb enough to warrant a ridiculous title like ROTPOTA.

Sparky on Apr 14, 2011


I think it's just kind of a rocky first trailer... kind of like the first Avatar trailer that everyone hated, also (not-so-coincidentally) involving a lot of heavy Weta effects. It's hard to show a lot of good footage early when they really need to wait until the final rendering.

Alex Billington on Apr 15, 2011


I thought it was a compitent first trailer that built the story without revealing too much plot.

Modern American Man on Apr 15, 2011


Is is a reboot? It doesn't appear to tie into the original films at all.

Matt Thompson on Apr 14, 2011


Yeah I'm really confused to

Awtan90 on Apr 15, 2011


Deep Blue Sea ripoff!

Guest on Apr 14, 2011


Count me in!

Chris A. on Apr 14, 2011


Andy Serkis is partly Armenian. A lot of people don’t know that.
 Some other Armenian icons and legends include Andre Agassi, Charles Aznavour, Eric Bogosian, Cher, Princess Diana (1/64 Armenian), Atom Egoyan, Arshile Gorky, The Kardashians, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Kirk Kerkorian, Mike Connors, William Saroyan, Seymour Skinner (Armen Tamzarian), System of a Down, Steven Zaillian, Michael Vartan, Gregory Peck, Dita Von Teese, Ken Davitian, David Hedison, David Dickinson, Simon Abkarian, the Hughes brothers (Albert and Allen).

Sara Abrams on Apr 14, 2011


Rise of the Planet of the Apes of the Planet of Earth. Jesus, why don’t they put the year and the day in the title too. Super redundant. This is my 100% honest opinion. That trailer is one of the most unintentionally hilarious movie trailers I have ever seen. I laughed so hard when I saw the ape staring at the couple in the bedroom, and laughed even HARDER when I saw all of the bare-assed apes wreaking havoc on the Golden Gate Bridge. If this movie is half as retarded as it looks, I'm in. I'm so interested in this movie now. Ironically, of course.

Sloan on Apr 14, 2011


i was watching the old movies online yesterday and i have to say, i really like the new CGI apes instead of the awful makeup of the 60s-70s i am excited about this now but hopefully if this is supposed to be a series/new franchise, they will actually go through with it instead of leaving off like the mark wahlberg reboot

cooper on Apr 14, 2011


looks okay, for a damned dirty ape movie.

Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011


idk... Apes taking over and avoiding Apache helicopters and M16 rifle hits? If they're so smart why not have them use guns instead of spears and shyt?

Mochonko on Apr 14, 2011


King Kong just jumped out of nowhere!

M.K. Nielsen on Apr 14, 2011


I think it looks like it could be quite chilling! Some of the fascination aspects with the concept of increased brain function explored (then squandered) in Limitless along with an origin story of a post apocalyptic thriller. I'm in!!!

Everman on Apr 14, 2011


I think it looks like it could be quite chilling! Some of the fascination aspects with the concept of increased brain function explored (then squandered) in Limitless along with an origin story of a post apocalyptic thriller. I'm in!!!

Everman on Apr 14, 2011


Ape escape!

Polcher1923 on Apr 14, 2011


am i the only one that thinks this looks ...awfull? fluffy monkey with big ass GET TO THE CHOPPA scene made it for me.

Redguy on Apr 14, 2011


Well that spook the fuck out of me.

Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011


The Trailer is on YouTube Now

aCtDeltAS on Apr 14, 2011


doesn't look bad,loved the CGI, but who came up with the ridiculous title?

Mazen K. on Apr 14, 2011


The music really killed this trailer. Made everything seem way too dramatic.

Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011


Looks good. But I'm kinda reminded of something... ..oh. Yeah.

Jasonmd2020 on Apr 14, 2011


I'm more interested in this than the original "Planet.." or remake, mainly because I'd rather be creeped out by CGI apes learning to out think humans than watching walking talking people in ape suits and ape makeup pretending to move like apes and basically just acting like really ugly humans with a lot of hair.

JL on Apr 15, 2011


Looks better than expected. If they can swing a story to match the effects maybe it won't become The Happening part II.

Quazzimotto on Apr 15, 2011


Looks like garbage. I'm in the vfx biz ... and am really really fed up with crap like this. As soon as i saw the moronic 'biotech' graphics behind the main character ( james franco?) and the typical "don't monkey with dna" refrain that stupid trailer made me cringe. POTA for the morons who look and act like they walked of the set of jerry springer and talk about such horrible flicks are "intelligent." Meh.

Gkrauter on Apr 15, 2011


All those apes gotta get shot and stuff because it's a war, that's where people will start cringing.

Chad on Apr 15, 2011


looks pretty good to me! guess i'll have to go back and re-watch the other planet of the apes movies

Casey Carroll on Apr 15, 2011


Transformers-1-Excellent Transformers-2-Average Transformers-New Record???

Movies gallery on Apr 15, 2011


Really Alex, how much cash will you receive for hyping this? Judging by the trailer this will be the crappiest movie of the year. They couldn´t find the creativity even to come up with a original title... awful.

hewitt on Apr 15, 2011


lol, the principal ape reminds me of the features of a real actor, but I can not know who..

Roy on Apr 15, 2011


I didn't have any expectation for this one, but this is a very powerful teaser. I am interested now...

Gianni Persello on Apr 16, 2011


Jurassic Park with monkeys? And did anybody else notice that the main ape looks like Tim Roth? Do you think they did that on purpose?

Wlange4 on Apr 19, 2011


wow looks awesome

A5J4DX on Apr 20, 2011


I want to like it , being a big fan of the original film , but the whole thing just looks like it doesn't know what its supposed to be ..??

Pritchard Robert1 on Apr 29, 2011


"We call it.... the cure" *groan!!*

DanJohn on May 16, 2011



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