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Return to the Planet of the Apes [1975] (2 discs)

Director:Doug Wildey
Composer:Dean Elliott
Length:312 minutes
(5 hours 12 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:SciFi
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IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: While on a mission, three astronauts in their space ship get caught in a time vortex. They return to Earth in the year A.D. 3979 and discover that intelligent apes are now the highest form of life.

Reaction: Much more of a long-form serialized story than you may be expecting from a kid's cartoon, but this is a kid show that doesn't talk down to them.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Doug Wildey => Director / Director
Bruce Shelly => Writer
Jack Kaplan => Writer
John Barrett => Writer
John Strong => Writer
Larry Spiegel => Writer
Dean Elliott => Composer
Austin Stoker => Jeff Allen
Claudette Nevins => Nova
Edwin Mills => Dr. Cornelius
Henry Corden => General Urko
Philippa Harris => Dr. Zira
Richard Blackburn => Dr. Zaius
Ted Knight => Title Credits voiceover (voice) (uncredited)
Tom Williams => Bill Hudson

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Director Doug Wildey ran up against NBC's "Emulative Clause," which stated that something from an animated series needed to be eliminated if a six year old child could physically emulate what he sees on the cartoon. This meant he could not equip apes with machine guns or knives or clubs or pistols or hand grenades, and that while the apes could wear rifles, they could not use them. Finally, Wildey asked if it would be okay to use Howitzers. The network agreed that they could not think of a way a six year old could operate a Howitzer so Wildey loaded the series with the weapon.
  • Austin Stoker played in the final Planet of the Apes movie, Battle for the Planet of The Apes, as McDonald.
  • Ted Knight did the voiceover in the opening credits for this show.