New ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer, TV Spot & 3D Featurette

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes set the stage for the eventual takeover of planet Earth by our simian relatives, and presented it in a way that removing humans from power didn’t seem like such a terrible idea. Power corrupts, and there’s no denying humans have been the ruling class for longer than we likely deserve.

Its sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, comes 10 years after Caesar and his ape brethren escaped into California’s redwood forest to begin their own society. As for the humans, they’ve had their population decimated by the “ALZ-113″ virus, which was intended as a cure for Alzheimer’s, but instead proved lethal – whereas when apes are exposed to that same virus, it increases their intelligence.

Over the past decade the uneasy detente between the last surviving humans and the ever-developing apes has only become more tenuous and strained. And from all of the film’s trailers, teasers, TV spots and more, war appears inevitable.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ latest TV spot (above) is all about selling the apes as a serious threat (as if there were lingering doubts after the last film). The spot’s voice over makes a compelling argument, pointing out humans’ power stems from our modern technology – something apes don’t require, and which is very quickly becoming obsolete.

Also just released is a new featurette for the film in where director Matt Reeves discusses how he best used 3D in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:

It’s interesting to hear a director say the incorporation of 3D will enhance the film’s emotional moments instead of simply being used for eye candy spectacle. Much of the first Apes film hinged on believing the emotional resonance from Caesar (portrayed though motion capture by Andy Serkis, who’s reprising the role in the sequel). If Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ 3D immerses audiences how Reeves is intending, then that emotional connection should only prove that much stronger.

Lastly, in yet another international trailer (below) the uneasy peace between humans and apes continues to crumble:

Caesar – a child of both worlds having been raised with humans – is at the center of it all, and his decisions hold the answer to whether humans and apes will ever coexist harmoniously. As was teased at the 2013 Comic-Con, this second Apes film is very much a character driven drama, which seems to put the brunt of carrying the film’s emotional weight on Serkis and his skill at emoting through digitally rendered characters. Thankfully, he’s no doubt up to the task.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in U.S. theaters on July 11th, 2014.

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  1. Could we PLEASE stop describing Serkis as reprising a “role” with this stuff. He’s the guy in the mo-cap suit who’s antics and overly broad gestures will then be used once again for the team of dozens upon dozens of animators, texture, light, rigging, hair and muscle artists as a template in order to then digitally create, frame by frame, the role/performance of Caesar.

    Caesar is a digital character. Srekis is a prop. A moving, articulated performing prop, but a prop nonetheless. He’s like “Digital Underwear”, on which the sculpted layers of Caesar are anchored to and then animated.

    Weta has schooled their artists to honor the performance of the “Digital Underwear”, but really the actual master stroke that is the performance on the whole (of the digital character that is Caesar) is the result of the entire team of artists who take months and YEARS to painstakingly generate scene after scene, long after the “Digital Underwear” has taken off the mo-cap suit and retired to his trailer.

    • Actually, they use a great deal of his facial expressions, and I think even his voice is used in it. Have you ever seen the behind the scenes from Lord of the Rings? Watch this and you will see that he truly deserves to get credit for the “role” of gollum.

      I believe its the same case with the “Caesar” character as well.

  2. There aren’t enough apes on this planet to pose a real threat. So, let’s turn to this nice, little virus….*yawn*

  3. I’m ready to watch this NOW!

  4. AGAIN?

    ————YET AGAIN?

  5. I loved Rise so I’m beyond excited about this one.