20th Century Fox has been heightening interest in its prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, over the past week. Yesterday WETA effects workshop hosted a live chat that offered fans another glimpse at its work on the film, and just a few days before that we got our first look at Andy Serkis as the ape Caesar, transformed via the magic of motion-capture technology.

Now there is an official teaser trailer for the Planet of the Apes prequel, a sci-fi cautionary tale that reveals how humanity’s experiments with genetic engineering led to the formation of hyper-intelligent apes – and a revolution headed by the primate Caesar.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes stars James Franco as Will Rodman, a scientist on the verge of a breakthrough in the race to cure Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to his unorthodox genetic work with non-human primates. One of his subjects, Caesar, develops unexpected levels of intelligence, and sets out to free his simian brethren from their cruel human captors (whose ranks include Brian Cox). The rest, as they say, is (fictional) history.

The reaction to the five seconds of footage that was already unveiled from the Apes prequel was by and large very positive, and now we get to truly see Caesar and his primate pals in action. But does the CGI still look as convincing and lifelike?

Find out by watching the teaser trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes (via Apple) below:

Overall I find this to be a pretty effective teaser trailer for the new Planet of the Apes venture. It offers us a look at most of the main players (including Franco, Serkis, Cox, Freida Pinto, and David Oyelowo), introduces us to the basic “man vs. nature” conflict of the story, and does a nice job of teasing the actual ape revolution against humanity.

The digital effects and CGI primates look pretty decent as well, even when viewed on a small screen. WETA’s ability to render photo-realistic creatures will be put to the test with the Apes prequel, since they are using the mo-cap technology to create animals that exist in real-life. As we’ve seen in films that use the tech to recreate humans (most recently, in Mars Needs Moms), the results can be unsettling and off-putting if not done properly. So far, that doesn’t look to be the case here.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes arrives in theaters this summer on August 5th.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers