Vali and Sugriva, like most Americans over the weekend, went to see “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” They paid for their tickets, bought some popcorn, and enjoyed the critically lauded movie.
There was just one slight difference: Vali and Sugriva are both chimpanzees.
The chimps are from the Myrtle Beach Safari, and went to opening night in Florida. and made us wonder if going to the movies might be better if everyone in the audience was a chimpanzee.
After all, Vali and Sugriva were very quiet and respectful, paid for their tickets instead of sneaking in (and considering how short they were, they might have been able to), and even ate popcorn classier than most humans (I’m pretty sure I got more popcorn on the ground when I saw “Apes” than they did.
And for those worried that the chimps might get inspired by the movie and run amok, causing the end of humanity as we know it, Vali and Sugriva looked like they were taking the whole thing in stride, jumping at a couple scary points but mostly enjoying what we’re sure they knew was fiction.
The video is pretty spectacular, a stunning reminder of how human-like our primate counterparts can be. Maybe “Dawn of the Planet of the Chimps” wouldn’t be so bad.