Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Planet of the Apes - ARI!

Planet of the Apes (Tim Burton Film) - Ari w/ Battle Flag - Hasbro 2001

I love the Planet of the Apes franchise. I love all five of the classic movies (yes, ALL of them). I love both the animated and live action television series. I love all the modern reinterpreted movies. The only thing I don't love is the 2001 Tim Burton remake. This is ironic because I was a huge fan of Burton and was obsessed with each of his movies up until this point. I expected a quirky imaginative experience with that unique Burton-esque atmosphere. Planet of the Apes and Tim Burton seemed like a match made in heaven. I can still remember the amazing movie I imagined. But the actual movie lacked all charm for me. Sure, some of the apes had much more personality, and the masks were improved. But the humans were distracting. They were awkwardly attractive... and they could speak. Language is such an important part of both the original and modern movies, but's not even mentioned here. Ari is an open-minded chimpanzee played by Helena Bonham Carter and to me is the highlight of the film.

I'm actually re-watching the movie as I type this and I can honestly say that the Apes are done pretty well. There is a lot of unfortunate muffled voices (it sounds like they're wearing masks which disrupts the illusion). But overall it's legitimately interesting. The personalities are diverse and the Ape society is greatly expanded upon. But the humans just ruin it IMO. Let's check out Ari below!

Ari's only accessory is a large Battle Flag.

Ari does not have great articulation. She has eight swivel joints: Neck, Shoulders, Elbows, Wrists, and Waist. 
But she only looks natural in one or two poses.

After seeing all these photos, it's pretty obvious that this figure's hair is meant to sit far lower on her head. Her bangs are meant to meet her eyes and her hair should hang just below her jaw.  All the Ari figures are constructed like this unfortunately.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is Ari with the 2014 Zira figure from NECA.


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