July was Planet of the Apes month around my house. This past Sunday, we went to see the original 1968 feature film on the big screen, thanks to Fathom Entertainment and TCM. It's wonderful to see these old films the way they were meant to be seen. If only I could have seen them without prior knowledge of the plot points! It would have been wild to get that first glimpse of gorillas on horseback, hear them utter their first words or see that final 'gotcha' shot as an uninformed viewer. It was still great to see it so large and uncut but so much of the joy of the movie is in the reveals. We've seen a few of these TCM Fathom Events at the theater but this one was extra special. Usually, host Ben Mankiewicz kicks off each flick with a little bit of history and trivia. But this time, he interviewed a special guest, Dr. Zaius. What a wit! Here's a short clip: I didn't see this movie in the theater during the first run (I was a bit too young) but I did see it on the big screen when I was in my teens. Anyone remember the Jerry Lewis Theater chain? They ran the classics for a $1 and I saw so many amazing movies including Bullet! Next up for TCM and Fathom is The King & I and I hope to make that showing, too. Prior to going to the movie, we did our Planet of the Apes homework and stumbled upon a podcast dedicated to the Planet of the Apes TV series. This is a favorite of mine as I'm a huge James Naughton fan. I even attempted to write Planet of the Apes series fan fiction back in the day. (Sadly, never finished. . . ) If you enjoy the old series, check out the podcast. It's very detailed and a lot of fun. And how does Urko get that helmet on and off his large head? You'll find Talking TV Apes on the Skywalking Through Neverland YouTube channel. If you want to revisit the Planet of the Apes TV series, you can get it on DVD for under $20 at Amazon. My only objection is the box art which features Alan and Urko! It makes it seem like they're the fugitives when it should feature Alan, Pete and Galen running from the apes. Can I remake the box?