WETA teases James Franco’s CGI “Apes”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: WETA, the special effects house working on this summer’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” has given us a brief look at a CGI rendition of the apes.

How brief? Try 5 seconds. But it’s enough to hint at how realistic these computer-generated characters will look.

We have come a long way from the damn, dirty apes of Charlton Heston’s days … which is good and bad. There’s something to be said for the costumed simians who’ve taken over our planet in the sci-fi classics of the 1960s and ’70s.

But the rise of technology should benefit “Rise,” a prequel story starring James Franco and WETA spokesmodel Andy Serkis as the main ape.

Check out the footage below, and be sure to sign up to the film’s Facebook page for future updates.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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