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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Posters and Prequel Videos

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

The countdown begins to the release of the next entry into the Planet of the Apes franchise. I think I had more issues with Rise of the Planet of the Apes than most but I still agree that it was far and away better than the Tim Burton remake. The trailers for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, however, make it look fantastic, and I can’t wait to see where they go from there.

Fox has released a series of posters for the upcoming film, and our friends at First Showing has put together a collection of them from around the internet. Check them out below.

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The artists behind these posters are Mainger, Janee Meadows, Zombie Yeti, Matt Needle and Orlando Arocena. With the exception of the comic book cover looking poster, these posters show the impact that the original Planet of the Apes had on popular culture. I haven’t seen what the brief was for any of these posters so either by accident or design, they remind me of film posters from yesteryear. Each one looks almost at home advertising a film from the late 60′s rather than a movie coming out in a couple of weeks. There’s something to be said about putting a few extra dollars into creating beautiful artwork in your posters and I hope it’ll be a trend that picks up.

Vice has also gotten onboard the marketing train for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by presenting a few short films that take place between the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the beginning of Dawn.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes presents a series inspired by the 10 years between The Rise and The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, featuring shorts directed by Isaiah Seret, Daniel Thron, and “thirty-two”. Here’s the three consecutive videos about the time, focusing on the one, five and ten-year marks in the pandemic.

You can check out the videos via Motherboard:


Fox and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also helped finance a Motherboard documentary about a place known as Monkey Island which is a refuge for chimpanzees who were formerly used as test animals for hepatitis studies and vaccine tests. Check that out here:




Our crew traveled to remote Liberia to discover “Monkey Island,” an area inhabited solely by former lab-tested chimpanzees who survived disease and two civil wars. As part of the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research, also known as Vilab II, the lab produced important breakthroughs in developing treatments for a variety of ailments, including hepatitis.

The lab, which was funded by the New York Blood Center, shut down in the mid-2000s following growing pressure from activists looking to end the use of chimpanzees for research. Now the lab’s apes live on a series of islands that were originally set aside for their retirement. In this documentary, made possible by the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, our team treks deep into Liberia to visit the island and investigate the legacy of the researchers who called it home.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes premieres July 11, 2014.

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