PLANET OF THE APES SERIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

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  1. Posted August 3, 2011 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Does the person who compiled the above list know the definition of the word “chronological”?

    • Justin
      Posted August 3, 2011 at 2:33 am | Permalink

      It means the chronological order in regards to the story line.

    • Simon
      Posted August 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      @Tuere, yes I do.

      @Justin, yes it does!

      However, best to watch them in the order they were made. Escape… is chronologically (within the story’s universe) the earliest film, but it is not a prequel. It only makes sense if you’ve watched the first two film Planet of the Apes, and Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

      Looking at the latest trailers for Rise of the Planet of the Apes and I for one cannot wait!

      • Sailorman
        Posted April 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

        thanks dude, downloading all the series, inspired from rise of the planet of the apes,
        22nd april, 2013

    • Bob Rose
      Posted August 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      I was thinking the same thing, does 1968 come before 1972 or not….I am confused..

      • Simon
        Posted August 4, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink

        Hi Bob,

        Maybe I will edit this post to explain a bit more.

        By ‘chronological order’ I mean I have rearranged the films in the order in which the story takes place.

        Planet Of The Apes was the first film to be made, but chronologically it is set way in the future, then Beneath The Planet Of The Apes is a direct sequel that picks up directly after the first film. However, in Escape From Planet of the Apes, two of the apes have travelled back in time to the 70s (within the film universe), and then Conquest and Battle take place after the events of Escape but before the events of Planet Of The Apes and Beneath The Planet Of The Apes.

        Hence, chronologically, the events of Escape From The Planet Of The Apes take place first, while Beneath is the final chapter of the story.

        It is quite confusing to explain but hopefully this makes more sense!

  2. Turner
    Posted August 9, 2011 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Hey Simon,

    I just watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes and it got me real interrest in the other, but beings ive never seen them i was trying to make sure i watched them in the right order, is the list above the right one ?

    • Simon
      Posted August 9, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      Hiya,

      I would watch them in the order they were released. So that would be Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, and then Conquest of… and Battle For…

      It’s kind of a circular plot. So even though Escape from Planet of the Apes is the origin story and takes place first chronologically (it gives a completely different explanation compared with Rise of the Planet of the Apes), it’s also a sequel, so you need to see Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes for it to make sense. Enjoy!

  3. brandon
    Posted August 9, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    @Simon
    I understood the first Post u made thanks

  4. Turner
    Posted August 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    What about the 2001 remake, is it the same as the old one

    • Simon
      Posted August 10, 2011 at 9:09 am | Permalink

      Hi Turner, Absolutely not! It’s a separate film and nothing to do with the original series of films. An interesting way of looking at the same idea but has an ending that doesn’t really make sense (to me anyway).

      • marc
        Posted August 11, 2011 at 6:14 am | Permalink

        do you think there gonna re-do the planet of the apes starting with the rise of the planet of the apes and continuing from there?

        • Simon
          Posted August 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

          If it’s successful and makes lots of money then that is inevitable!

  5. Ramjet
    Posted August 13, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Just watched the “Rise of the planet of the Apes”.. It all falls into place… Absolutely bring on more “Ape” movies.. Stunning cgi… Runs rings around the Hobbits!!
    I will seed…

  6. Posted September 2, 2011 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    first of all there is no chronological order. like the bad scientist says in “escape” we are in several different timelines. we are not dealing with what happens in order because by going to the past you have changed the future and therefore have changed the timeline. I am chuck norris I have counted to infinity twice, so I know my way around time. Thanks for reading. :-)

    • Simon
      Posted September 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

      I’d say there certainly is a chronological order, it’s just it’s more of a circular timeline. The apes travel back in time from the planet of the apes, thus creating the intelligent ape that leads the revolution that leads to the planet of the apes. In a similar way to the Terminator timeline, where Kyle Reese is sent back in time by the man who he eventually fathers!

      • Chris Reise
        Posted November 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

        I agree totally. It is a circular timeline…in fact in my re-edited versions, I have re-titled “Escape” to “Birth of the Planet of the Apes”

  7. Posted September 2, 2011 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    Hey Ramjet, just so you know the hobbits in the original film were not cgi they were flipbook characters. Unless you were talking of the more recent lord of the rings movies, in which the hobbits were not even animated, were are not going to count golum, cause over several hundred years he de-hobbitized himself. plus he looked just as good as the apes in the 2011 movie. also you mentioned seeding, please do not seed a cam version, wait till it comes out on blue ray and seed one of those. It is a waste watching a movie with that good of special affects if the quality is awful. So wait for a good version.
    also fyi “LOTR fan” means Lord of the rings fan, the name space does not give you room to write the whole thing.

  8. Posted September 2, 2011 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Just so you guys know there are several truths in this world.
    1. the lord of the rings films are the best movies
    2 Chuck Norris is awesome
    3. Macs are better than PCs
    4. big bang theory is the best TV show
    5. Watermelon is the best fruit

  9. Posted February 5, 2013 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    When you say circular timeline, do you mean the events of the films carry on going round infinetely?

  10. Joeschmoe
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Simon. Your interpretation of the chronolgy of the planet of the apes story line is incorrect. The events of Escape follow the destruction of the earth at the end of Beneath. Cornelius, Zira and Dr. Milo escape the destruction of earth caused by the detonation of the atomic bomb in Beneath. They even escape on the repaired spacecraft from the Original Planet of the Apes….the fact that they are sent back in time by the shock wave of the earth’s distruction does not change the chronology of the story arc.

  11. Tara
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    This could happen , apes could evolve could rule the planet

  12. Stephen
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    Wrong. Escape is last. Although it takes place in the ’70′s, “before” the events of the other films WOULD HAVE taken place, it is really the last, as it follows the story of the heros of Beneath, who have travelled back in time after the events of the previous films have occurred. It begins an entirely new timeline, not represented in the other films. Unlike some time travel universes, where the leap back actually necessitated itself (and all the events which led to it).

    • Simon
      Posted May 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      It’s absolutely not the last and not a new timeline, as Conquest and Battle are a direct continuation of events in Escape!

  13. Stephen
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    Okay, wait. We’re BOTH wrong. Or not. Maybe I should just watch the films?! LOL! It looks like they form a perfect loop, so you could really start anywhere (all of the films reference “prior” events which occurred in the other films), but it’s probably best to watch them in the order they were made. ;)

    • Simon
      Posted May 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Yep it’s a more of a circular timeline than a branching one. Definitely need to watch them in the order they were made.

  14. BR
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Actually, I don’t think it is circular. In the original film the great emancipator of the apes is an orangutan. After Zera, and Cornellius go back in time their son Caesar (a chimpanzee)leads the revolution that frees the apes. Thus, after the conquest of the planet of the apes, the final films shows a slightly different ape/human relationship in that the humans and the apes are now fighting together the group of humans that are beneath the planet of the apes and defeat them. So, when the apes go back they change their own past so that they are now in a different time line.

    • Simon
      Posted October 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

      A spiral perhaps? ;-)

  15. Peter
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Its like Star Wars. It began with episode IV, then V, then VI which was the natural finish to the story, but went back to fill in episodes I, II and III (the prequels) because the others made so much money.
    After Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes they made the three prequels because the first two made so much money. Oh yes and they explained a lot. Oh Yes.

  16. Peter
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Its like Star Wars. It began with episode IV, then V, then VI which was the natural finish to the story, but went back to fill in episodes I, II and III (the prequels) because the others made so much money.
    After Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes they made the three prequels because the first two made so much money. Oh yes and they explained a lot. Oh Yes.

  17. Josh
    Posted January 16, 2014 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    Just watched rise and am confused about how it fits into the original series. What happened to Cesar being born from parents of the future. Then becomes a slave because the pets are dead, which then starts his “no” revolution. In rise the apes are not slaves they are Ginny pigs and revolt in San Francisco. Am I missing the link? I feel like I just watched the remake of planet of the apes, and am lost again, Please help thanks

    • Simon
      Posted February 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      As far as I know, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is a reboot. It contains many references to the original films, but it’s a separate and new origin story

  18. Rodney Thacker
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Simon – You seem to be as big a fan as I am . I have watch all of them several times and have recently found season of the TV series and although is not master pieces television by any means it is still quite enjoyable for me to rewatch these and remember back as a child when I first watch them MY QUESTION IS – I HAVE NOT FOUND ANYWHERE ONLINE WHERE I CAN WATCH THE FIVE OR SIX MADE FOR TV MOVIES WITH THE CAST OF THE TV SERIES DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW I CAN ACHIEVE THIS WITHOUT FILLING OUT A FORM WITH CREDIT CARD INFORMATION NEEDED? I WATCH THE TV SERIES AT THIS LINK HERE : http://www.alluc.to/tv-shows/watch-planet-of-the-apes-1974-online/542395.html

    IF YOU CAN PROVIDE ME WITH A LINK TO THE MADE FOR TV MOVIES I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT . I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEWEST EDITION THIS JULY EITHER.

    THOSE MADE FOR TV MOVIES WERE –
    SEE RANK
    Back to the Planet of the Apes
    Forgotten City of the Planet of the Apes
    Treachery and Greed on the Planet of the Apes
    Life, Liberty and Pursuit on the Planet of the Apes
    Farewell to the Planet of the Apes

    IF ANYONE HAS ANY IDEA HOW TO WATCH THESE ONLINE FOR FREE WITH OUT FORMS AND REGISTRATION PLEASE POST A LINK

    THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH

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