Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)

USA, 1998

An American television documentary directed by David Comtois and Kevin Burns.


A documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of Planet of the Apes (1968), tracing the genesis of the series from its roots as the novel La planète des singes by Pierre Boulle. Interviews are included with many of the key players.


Directors: David Comtois, Kevin Burns
© 1998 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Van Ness Films In association with Foxstar Productions, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and American Movie Classics presents
Executive in Charge of Production for American Classic Movies: David Sehring
Executive Producer: Kevin Burns
Producer: Shelley Lyons
Co-Producer: Brian Anthony
Coordinating Producer: Stephanie Keane
Writers: Brian Anthony, David Comtois, Kevin Burns
Cinematography: Cory Geryak
Editors: David Comtois, Dustin Ebsen, Steve Rasch
Music from “Planet of the Apes” and “Escape from the Planet of the Apes” composed by Jerry Goldsmith
Music from “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” and “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” composed by Leonard Rosenman
Music from “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” composed by Tom Scott
Sound Engineer: Tony Smyles
Wardobe: Sarah Bardo
Hair and Makeup: Guy Richards
Motion Control Photography: Martin Kauper, Lars Bunch
Paintbox Artist: Cherie Fryman
Chyron: Piruza Nagapetian
Main Title Graphic: Doug Whitney

Roddy McDowall (hosted by)
Mort Abrahams (interviewee (associate producer))
Charlton Heston (interviewee (“Taylor”))
Richard Zanuck (interviewee (studio executive))
John Chambers (interviewee (makeup designer))
William Creber (interviewee (art director))
Kim Hunter (interviewee (“Dr. Zira”))
Eric Greene (interviewee (film historian))
Linda Harrison (interviewee (Nova))
Ted Post (interviewee (director))
Frank Capra Jr (interviewee (associate producer))
Don Taylor (interviewee (director))
Ricardo Montalban (interviewee (“Armando”))
Natalie Trundy (interviewee (wife of Arthur P. Jacobs))
J. Lee Thompson (interviewee (director))
James Naughton (interviewee (“Peter Burke”))

Alternative Titles

Detrás del planeta de los simios – Venezuelan title
Hinter den Kulissen von Planet der Affen – German DVD title

Includes extracts from
Africa Screams (1949)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Doctor Dolittle (1967)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Gorilla at Large (1954)
Planet of the Apes (1974)
Planet of the Apes (1967)
Return to the Planet of the Apes (1975)
The Simpsons (1989-)