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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Yalie James Franco’s new film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is playing in theaters now. (It came out this weekend) So far, it’s garnered great reviews (IMDB: 8.0), and lots of media attention. I am looking forward to seeing it this summer.

While a guest on The View, Franco started to delve into some serious animal ethics issues – that is, until Sherri Shepherd, one of the co-hosts, interrupted him and switched the subject matter to something a little lighter.

The original came out in 1968. And so that is over 40 years. My point is that it’s been around a long time and you wonder why – what is still alive? Why are they still making them. I think the concepts that they set up in the first film are still very strong.  You don’t need to read it on a literal level, oh, the apes are going to take over the earth. It is a great setup to show us how we define ourselves as humans. We think of ourselves as superior to animals because we have greater intellect. But, what happens when you have an animal that has the same amount of intellect, and is stronger than we are, and has the same amount of feelings, then how do you define yourself as a human? What, because they are hairier?

– The View. Season 14: Ep. 218.

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