Human teenagers

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You wouldn't want one as a petAs my own birthday present to myself, I bought a box of DVDs (mostly Science-Fiction related). I anticipate working my way through them bit by succulent bit (inclding, of course, all the Extra Material) and boning out some favourite quotes. Which I plan to share here in postcard form.

As chance would have it, the first film I watched was Tim Burton’s remake of The Planet of the Apes from 2001. It’s not a better film than the 1968 original, but it’s not nearly as poor as the reviews made out – those I read when it first came out and which put me off seeing it on the cinema screen.

Some of the actors behind the mask produced some really fine performances. Tim Roth and Paul Giamatti were outstanding, I thought, and Helena Bonham Carter was pretty damn good too, though her mask was less convincing.

Anyway, my nomination for the best line from the film has to be this one. Spoken by Paul Giamatti as the orangutan slaver, Limbo, who is selling humans as slaves:

The young ones make great pets. Just make sure you get rid of them before they mature. Believe me, the last thing you want is a human teenager running around your house.


  • The Internet Movie Database page for Tim Burton’s film here.
  • The IMDb page for the original (1968) Planet of the Apes film here.
  • Helena Bonham Carter’s makeup/mask at The Make-up Room here. [Ah sad to say that link seems to be broken :(]
  • Interview with Helena Bonham Carter about her role in The Planet of the Apes at here.

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  1. Hilarious! I also prefer the 1968 version but considering Tim Burton is a favorite of mine I can’t seem to find anything negative to say about the 2001 version either 🙂 I was disappointed with Burton’s Alice in Wonderland though…

    • I do agree. I think Burton is very gifted director and he’s made some wonderful films (Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the first Batman film and Corpse Bride come first to mind), but I think he can be patchy.

      There were a lot of good bits in The Planet of the Apes, just as there were some good bits in Alice. In Alice, I thought Helena BC’s Red Queen was wonderful, for example, and I loved the way Alice kept changing size, but her clothes didn’t – and how she nevertheless stayed decent throughout! I wasn’t terribly impressed by Johnny Depp’s Hatter though.

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