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Planet of the Apes

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This article is about the real-world sci-fi film franchise. For the in-universe film, see Planet of the Apes (film).
For the musical, starring Troy McClure, see Stop the Planet of the Apes I Want to Get Off.

Planet of the Apes is a science fiction media franchise. It began with the 1963 novel by French author Pierre Boulle. In 1968, the novel was adapted into an American science fiction film starring Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter, which spawned four sequels, one in each year from 1970 to 1973. Some of the films were adapted into comic books and novels, and the 70s films also spawned two short-lived television series (one live-action, one animated) which appeared in 1974 and 1975.

A remake film directed by Tim Burton appeared in 2001, but didn't generate enough interest to give rise to any sequels. The franchise was rebooted in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, with sequels appearing in 2014 and 2017. The Burton film and the 2010s series have spawned video games as well as novels and comics, both adaptions of the films and additional works that expand on the storyline of the movies.

The Planet of the Apes franchise has been referenced several times on The Simpsons, in episodes, special presentations, and comic books.

References to Planet of the Apes in The Simpsons[edit]


Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Rosebud Ending-Future.png 5 85 "Rosebud" At the end of the episode, Mr. Burns is shown in a futuristic setting where apes control the world and have enslaved human beings, among them clones of Homer.
Deep Space Homer-Press Conference.png 96 "Deep Space Homer" During a NASA pre-mission press conference, Homer says he hopes they won't send him and Barney to "that dreaded Planet of the Apes". Then he realizes the plot twist of the movie and mimics Taylor's breakdown (portrayed by Charlton Heston) near the end, by falling to his knees and crying.
PlanetOfTheAches-Title.png 6 104 "Bart of Darkness" The title of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon "Planet of the Aches" is a pun on Planet of the Apes. Also, in the title card image, Scratchy is costumed as a gorilla, riding on horseback and about to lasso Itchy, in a sight gag on a scene from early in the 1968 film where apes on horseback round up and capture humans.
Milhouse Captured.png 110 "Bart's Girlfriend" The opening scene, where the kids are playing Cowboys and Indians and are interrupted by the parents capturing them and dragging them off to assorted family activities, is a parody of the scene from the 1968 film where apes on horseback round up and capture humans. (The 2001 film has a very similar scene, but the episode cannot be construed as a reference to it because the episode first aired in 1994.)
Planetoftheapesmusical.png 7 147 "A Fish Called Selma" Troy McClure stars in a musical based on Planet of the Apes called Stop the Planet of the Apes I Want to Get Off.
In Marge We Trust Marquee 3.png 8 175 "In Marge We Trust" The Sunday after Reverend Lovejoy rescues Ned from the "Baboon County USA" exhibit at the Springfield Zoo, the sermon topic at the First Church of Springfield is "Conquest of the County of the Apes", a reference to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the fourth film of the 1970s series.
Planet of the Donuts.png 9 197 "Simpson Tide" Planet of the Donuts is a reference to Planet of the Apes. Roddy McDonut is a reference to actor Roddy McDowall who played Cornelius and Caesar.
Duncan Attacks Jockeys.png 11 239 "Saddlesore Galactica" During the Springfield Derby, the other jockeys gang up on Bart, and Duncan retaliates by attacking the jockeys. Announcer Trevor Denman notes the turn of events, saying, "In a bizarre twist, a horse is abusing a jockey!" Denman then asks, "Might this be the start of a terrifying Planet of the Horses?"
Not Cornelius Ugly.png 242 "Pygmoelian" Back in Moe's "acting days", Helen Morehouse booted him during his audition because he was too ugly. Morehouse wanted "Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island ugly, not Cornelius on The Planet of the Apes ugly."
Planet of the Apes Simpson Safari.png 12 265 "Simpson Safari" One of the pictures in Joan Bushwell's "Serious Research" book is a still from Planet of the Apes.
MBFGW C3PO and Boba Fett.png 15 330 "My Big Fat Geek Wedding" One of the attendees at the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con is dressed as a character from Planet of the Apes.
Planets of the Apes.png 21 456 "Stealing First Base" The montage of famous kissing scenes, seen when Nikki performs CPR on Bart, includes a scene from Planet of the Apes in which Taylor and Zira kiss.
Little Black eBook.png 25 548 "Days of Future Future" In the future, one of the women's pictures in Bart's "Little Black eBook" is of Zira.
Our Story Is A Tragedy.png 26 571 "The Kids Are All Fight" Bart says that the family's story is a tragedy, like Planet of the Apes. He then says that the real tragedy is that Hollywood keeps making more Planet of the Apes movies.
Planet of the Couches Apes Reference.png 28 600 "Treehouse of Horror XXVII" The couch gag, an edited clip from Planet of the Couches, is a parody of Planet of the Apes.
Restroom of the Apes and TARDIS.png 29 620 "Springfield Splendor" Restroom of the Apes is a reference to Planet of the Apes. Also, several people are dressed as characters.
Comic Con 101 Mitigations.png 30 654 "101 Mitigations" At the Comic Con, several people are dressed as characters from Planet of the Apes.
31 666 "Treehouse of Horror XXX" While in Mr. Teeny's body, Homer roots for the apes in Planet of the Apes.
667 "Gorillas on the Mast" One of the gorilla "sanctuaries" mentions making a "Planet of the Apes".
682 "Warrin' Priests: Part Two" Homer said that he went to a Planet of the Apes marathon, including the Tim Burton one.
Comicalooza costumes PotA.png 32 691 "Three Dreams Denied" Cosplayers are seen dressed as apes.


Picture Name Reference
Planet of the Couches Apes Reference.png Planet of the Couches The couch gag is a parody of Planet of the Apes.


Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
IotBS Planet of the Apes 1.pngIotBS Planet of the Apes 2.png Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #3 The Immigration of the Body Snatchers When Springfield is invaded by multiple alien species, it is revealed that apes have also inherited the Earth. An ape then warns everyone that "To Serve Man" is a cookbook (a reference to The Twilight Zone).
Grampa Fights Monkeys.png Simpsons Comics #41 Bart Simpson and the Krusty Brand Fun Factory Abraham Simpson is attacked by a group of cyborg monkeys. He says they don't scare him, and "If Chuck Heston can whip your butts, so can I!", referencing Charlton Heston's having played Taylor the astronaut in the 1970s movie series.
Time Machine Gorilla.png Simpsons Comics #54 Tanks for Nothing When Abe is offered his choice of items in a government warehouse, he looks at a prototype time machine. A bedraggled and disheveled version of Abe appears inside the machine and says, "Trust me, you don't want to try this machine!" Just after that, a gorilla wearing a uniform and carrying a whip appears in the machine. The gorilla grabs the alternate Abe by his shirt and says, "Come along slave!" The gorilla and the alternate Abe then vanish inside the time machine.
Day of the Nerd POTA.png Simpsons Comics #73 Day of the Nerd When Cornelius Morgan's collection is destroyed, he screams "You blew it up! You maniacs! Damn you! Damn you all to hell!".
Malibu Stacy of the Apes.png Bart Simpson #1 Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind When Lisa is playing with her dolls, she finds that Bart has pranked Malibu Stacy by switching her head for a monkey's head and exclaims in dismay, "A Planet of the Apes head on Malibu Stacy?"
Planet of the Apus.jpg The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Hoodoo Voodoo Brouhaha Planet of the Apus The film advert is a reference to Planet of the Apes.
Dr. Zaius Comic Book Guy.png Comic Book Guy's Best Costumes Ever - Part 2 Comic Book Guy dressed up as Dr. Zaius at Ape-Con 2002.
Left Behinders Apes.png The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #21 The Left Behinders! When Professor Frink increases the intelligence of apes, they revolt and enslave Springfield.
Officer Cornelius.png Chief Wiggum's Felonious Funnies 1 Future Cop! In his dream of being a cop in the future, Chief Wiggum is partnered with an ape named Officer Cornelius, a reference to Doctor Cornelius from the 1970s film series. Wiggum later disintegrates Cornelius because "He joined the rebel apes and tried to overthrow humanity."


Account Date Tweet
HomerJSimpson December 10, 2010 Planet of the Apes -- big deal. Let the apes revolt. I can pass for a gorilla.

Video games[edit]

Picture Game Reference
TSTO Terwilliger Update-Milhouse-PlanetOfTheGrapes.png The Simpsons: Tapped Out During the Terwilligers content update, when Lisa sets the mutant vegetables free, Milhouse says, "It's the Dawn of the Planet of the Grapes", a reference to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the second film in the 2010s series.

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