Two adorable chimpanzees watched 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' in theaters. Terrifyingly, they loved it.
If you're wondering, yes, that is a chimp applauding the extinction of mankind.
How many movies about scientists accidentally creating genocidal super-apes do we need to make before we finally learn not to tempt fate? Apparently, more than "a bunch," because that's how many Planet of the Apes films have been made since Charlton Heston first damned those dirty apes way back when. Nevertheless, the folks at the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina thought taking their apes out to watch Caesar lead the simian revolution was a good idea.
Vali and Sugriva are two two-year-old Chimpanzees who live at the Safari. According to Dr. Bhagavan Antle, the Safari's director, the two love television and were big fans of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the previous PotA installment. So, their handlers decided to take them out for a night on the town at BigD Cinema, both to bring attention to the Safari & the Rare Species Fund, and just for the fun of it. The apes both loved popcorn, they clapped and hooted for the humans (a clever ruse, guys), and occasionally hid in fear at the violence.
Apparently, they also brought with them a case of the virus from the movie that turns humans into idiots, because many of those human idiots were legitimately afraid that the two simian buddies would learn from the movie. Said Dr. Antle, "A couple of people said very clearly, 'are you sure they should watch this movie? Won't they learn to take over the world?' There were several people actually concerned about that."
I, on the other hand, am afraid that they will turn malevolent when they see the various sequels to (and TV show of) Planet of the Apes that got made in the 70s. When they see that, I really can't blame them if they wipe us out.
(by Johnny McNulty)