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Old 24-08-2008, 11:12   #1
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Q for fans of Planet of the Apes

Unfortunately I do not have much to go on ...

Dad in the pub quiz last week, there was a question about the name of the planet the film was based on.

The answer by the quiz master was 'The Monkey Planet'. Dad had put down 'Earth'.


Sadly, I do not know the exact wording used by the quiz master for the question, but what I want to know is, is the word 'Earth' used in the film, or do we just assume that it is earth because of the final scene?

Dad told me that the film was based on a book called 'The Monkey Planet'.



This is the same quiz master that asked us to name all four POTA films ...
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Old 24-08-2008, 11:15   #2
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Old 24-08-2008, 12:45   #3
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Yup Monkey Planet is the name of the book which the film came from.
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Yea, I knew that, but is 'earth' said in the film, or do we assume it's earth because of the final scene?
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Old 24-08-2008, 13:39   #5
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I'll put it this way - the phrase 'The Monkey Planet' is not uttered in, nor used in connection with, any of the films - it's a loose translation of La Planete des Singes, used in earlier editions of the book (it's been standardised as Planet of the Apes in more recent versions).

The answer to the question is Earth - it's certainly uncertain until the very end of the first film, but from that point on (through all the sequels) it's a given.

Either the quizmaster is a tit, or he genuinely didn't 'get' the film...
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Old 24-08-2008, 14:19   #6
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Haha, thanks.

A few times we've questioned the way he's worded a question, but it's all good natured fun.
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I vote the quizmaster is a tit That't the daftest thing I ever heard!
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As someone who regularly sets quizzes, I can tell you that the question itself is bad, but to not accept Earth as an answer is just

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Are you sure he was talking about the original POTA? Burton's remake is actually set on "The Monkey Planet" isn't it?

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That's the thing, I wasn't there so I do not know the original wording of the question. I wanted to know if 'earth' was said in the original film, or if we have to just assume that because of the final scene.

Jonnof has answered this for me. :cool:
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Surely if the question was to do with the name of the planet the film was based on:

1. How on earth can a film be based on a planet?
2. Which doesn't actually exist?

Everything points to the source material, which is translated Planet of the Apes. As I said before, the question is cack.
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Are we sure the question wasn't 'the name of the book planet of the apes was based on?' which makes senese.
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Are you sure he was talking about the original POTA? Burton's remake is actually set on "The Monkey Planet" isn't it?
I don't know that version as intimately as the original, but I'm pretty sure it isn't. The apes in the original series were offended by the term 'monkey', and since Burton's apes (Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan) were even surlier, I can't see them standing for it either

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Surely if the question was to do with the name of the planet the film was based on:

1. How on earth can a film be based on a planet?
2. Which doesn't actually exist?

Everything points to the source material, which is translated Planet of the Apes. As I said before, the question is cack.
As you say, the question is meaningless unless they guy was talking about location (PotA being a particularly good subject for the question on account of its twist). Presumably something's been lost in translation there, though.
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I don't know that version as intimately as the original, but I'm pretty sure it isn't. The apes in the original series were offended by the term 'monkey', and since Burton's apes (Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan) were even surlier, I can't see them standing for it either
I was quoting the questionmaster, hence the inverted commas. Obviously I did not mean to suggest it was the official name of the planet. (I can't remember if they ever do mention the name of the planet in Burton's film)

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